Just two weeks prior to his expected debut with the World Series of Fighting, former UFC middleweight (and welterweight) was required to travel from his him in Brazil to Las Vegas, NV for a drug test. As a necessity for licensure, the Nevada State Athletic Commission required Palhares to take a pre-fight screening. MMA Fighting confirmed on Thursday, just two days before the event, that "Toquinho" did pass the test and is fully licensed for the bout on Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Palhares jumped right to the front of the 170 lb. line for his promotional debut at WSOF 9. In the card's main event, he'll face off against Steve Carl for the welterweight championship. Palhares is coming off a controversial win over Mike Pierce at UFC Fight Night 29. He submitted Pierce with a heel hook in the first round, but failed to release the hold after the tap and when the referee intervened. That incident led to his release from the UFC.
Carl is undefeated after three fights with the World Series of Fighting. Following his first two victories he fought Josh Burkman for the promotion's inaugural title. In the fourth round, Carl choked Burkman out with a triangle to take the newly minted 170 lb. strap.
The main card WSOF 9 will be broadcast on NBCSN starting at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT) on Saturday, March 29.