Rousimar Palhares expecting tough challenge in Russia but eyes FNG title

Rousimar Palhares has been here before – struggling through back-to-back knockout losses and wondering what the future might hold. Last time, he responded in fine fashion. This time, he expects similar results.

“I will submit Alexei Ivanov, like I do most of the time,” Palhares said in his native Portuguese. “I am sure he is good, but he has never faced someone like me.”

Palhares (18-8) and Ivanov (11-3) meet in the featured bout of Friday’s Fight Nights Global event, which takes place at FSK in Ulan-Ude, Russia. The event is expected to featured on UFC Fight Pass via video on demand shortly after the conclusion of the contest.

It’s a precarious position for the 37-year-old Palhares. He remains one of the most feared submission artists in the game, but after suffering losses to Emil Meek in Italy and Michal Materla in Poland, Palhares’ future as a top welterweight hangs in the balance.

Add to the challenge of fighting a Russian opponent in his backyard, and the difficulty level increases.

“Russians are known for being tough and always coming to fight,” Palhares said. “I like fighting guys like that. It’s good to be challenged.

“I know he is a tough guy, as all Russians. I respect him. Being a two-time sambo champ means that he is good, but I am coming very well prepared.”

The last time Palhares dropped consecutive outings – 2012 bouts with Hector Lombard and Alan Belcher – he bounced back with four consecutive submission wins over Mike Pierce, Steve Carl, Jon Fitch and Jake Shields.

Facing a fighter confident in his leglock abilities could either prove a blessing or a curse for Palhares. After all, the Brazilian’s submission abilities are what makes him special – but his backup plans are often minimal.

“FNG 70: Palhares vs. Ivanov” could provide a glimpse into the future of the feared grappler. Palhares believes it will be bright.

“I will try to submit everyone to become champ,” Palhares said. “This I will do.”

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Fight Nights Global 70 set for July 7 in Russia with Rousimar Palhares vs. Alexei Ivanov

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Controversial Brazilian submission master Rousimar Palhares (18-8) looks to snap a two-fight losing streak when he meets dangerous Russian middleweight Alexei Ivanov (11-3) in the main event of “Fight Nights Global 70: Palhares vs. Ivanov.”

FNG officials recently announced the lineup for the event, which takes place July 6 at FSK in Ulan-Ude, Russia. The event is expected it be available on UFC Fight Pass via video on demand shortly after the conclusion of the card.

Palhares, a leglock master and former WSOF welterweight champion, has struggled in recent outings, suffering back-to-back knockout losses to Michael Materla at KSW 36 in Poland this past October, as well as to current UFC middleweight Emil Meek at Venator FC 3 in Italy in May 2016. Still, with 15 submission wins in his 18 career victories, the 37-year-old Palhares’ danger in the grappling game remains unquestionable.

Meanwhile, Ivanov has competed almost exclusively in his native Russia during a professional career that was launched in August 2010. In his most recent outing, a December appearance at FNG 57, Ivanov suffered a submission loss via guillotine choke. However, prior to that setback, the 29-year-old Ivanov owned a seven-fight winning streak.

The complete FNG 70 lineup includes:

  • Rousimar Palhares vs. Alexei Ivanov
  • Vadim Buseev vs. Yunpeng Guo
  • Maxim Butorin vs. Michael Hill
  • Aldar Budanaev vs. Sabit Zhusupov
  • Aleksandr Dankov vs. Sergey Pogodaev
  • Murat Khasanov vs. Sergey Lesnikov
  • Bato Damdinov vs. Renat Ondar
  • Dzhamal Ibragimgadzhiev vs. Alexey Vorotnikov
  • Tsogookhuu Amarsanaa vs. Valeriy Mitrichuk
  • Bair Asalkhanov vs. Vladimir Tsoi

For more on FNG 70, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie