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WSOF Welterweight Champion Steve Carl Comments on This Weekend’s Fight With Rousimar Palhares
Posted by Larry Csonka on 03.26.2014

- WSOF Welterweight Champion Steve Carl recently spoke about this weekend's title defense against Rousimar Palhares. Here are the highlights…

On Facing Rousimar Palhares: "You grow as a person when you face your fear," he said. "You grow as a fighter, but you grow as a person. This is the scariest guy I've ever gotten in the cage with, but I'm feeling great, and I'm ready to face this challenge."

On Drilling Leg Locks: "My legs would hurt after five or six rounds of pulling out of leglocks," he said. "But at the same time, it made me feel a lot more comfortable, because I saw the setups, and that's what you're mostly aware of. I don't want to find myself deep in a heelhook with Palhares. I want to stop it before it gets there."

On Not Having Access to World-class Jiu-Jitsu Players : "I didn't have the resources Alan Belcher had," he said. "I didn't have world-class guys attacking my legs, so if I had a bunch of fighters who aren't proficient in attacking my legs, then really, I'm just giving myself a false hope that I know what I'm doing when I get in that position with somebody who's as skilled as Palhares. That's why I chose who I worked my leglocks with, and I didn't work them entirely through my camp; I worked them periodically through my camp."

On Changes to His Preparation: "I didn't sit there and pretend like in seven or eight weeks, I'm going to become this world-class leglocker and I'm going to have this defense to stop a guy that's been doing it his entire life," Carl said. "I don't want to go into this fight only worried about a heel hook. I want to go into this fight trying to knock him out or choke him out. So I worked on me, just like always."

Credit: MMAjunkie.com


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