The World Series of Fighting has made official their ninth event. This one will be headed to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 29th.

The last event — WSOF 8 — took place at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida on January 18th.

The main event is the first welterweight title defense in the promotion’s history as its inaugural champion Steve Carl (21-3) will try to defend his belt against Rousimar Palhares (15-5). Carl defeated Josh Burkman in October of last year to be crowned the champion. Palhares will be making his WSOF debut after being cut from the UFC roster for a controversial fight in which he held a submission on Mike Pierce too long after the referee called for an end to the fight.

The co-main event is a bantamweight bout between Marlon Moraes (12-4-1) and Josh Rettinghouse (10-2) to crown a champion for the division. Moraes is undefeated in the WSOF with big wins including a March 2013 knockout over Tyson Nam. Rettinghouse debuted in October with a win over Alexis Vila.

“We are very excited to be returning home for this incredible fight card,” World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. “Steve Carl will have a real serious challenge ahead for the first defense of his welterweight title as he faces Rousimar Palhares, and Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse will be an incredible fight and a great way to crown our first bantamweight champion.”

Along with this event being made official, WSOF president Ray Sefo announced that more fights will soon be revealed once they are finalized. “We’re working on a few more fights that we should be able to announce shortly, but fans are really going to love the lineup for this event, and great fights are guaranteed.”

The event will air on NBC Sports Network at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

(Photo Courtesy via WSOF.com)
(Photo Courtesy via WSOF.com)

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