The test results for Rousimar Palhares hold a ton of weight for the WSOF 9 card.
If Palhares is to fail his test and is subsequently removed from the card, Carl will be left without an opponent just a few short days before his first scheduled title defense.
“I’m still planning on fighting Josh,” Stinson told The MMA Corner. “If the title fight comes, then great. But it would be foolish of me to cross my fingers and hope that Palhares doesn’t pass his drug test.”
The test results are still not in according to a source close with SciFighting from the WSOF.
If Palhares does fail the test though, and Stinson is promoted to the main card, then former title challenger Josh Burkman will also be left without an opponent.
This is where Phil ‘Filthy’ Dace comes in. Dace (9-4) currently fights on the WSOF preliminary card against Danny Davis Jr. (8-8-1), but will be brought up to the main card to fight Burkman (26-10) according to sources. Burkman had the submission of the year last year when he defeated UFC veteran Jon Fitch in under a minute during Fitch’s WSOF debut.
Burkman is 8-2 since leaving the UFC in 2009 and was undefeated in the WSOF before meeting Carl last October. His would-be opponent Dace, is 1-2 in his last three but finished four out of the last five fights before that, all of which were victories.
These changes would add to the busy past few weeks that the World Series of Fighting has been facing. Four fighters from two fights were all pulled from the card as Jimmy Jones (4-2) vs. Rudy Morales and (2-0) and Tanner Cowan (0-0) vs. A.J. Williams (0-0) were all dropped from the card after the NSAC told the WSOF (via MMAJunkie) that they would not be able to support a 13-fight event and that the total must be dropped to 11 fights.
All four fighters would be paid their show money.
For updates on the WSOF 9 fight card in the wake of these events check back throughout the week.
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