Lance Palmer Ready for WSOF 10 After First Pro Defeat: “Every Fight I Always Learn Something”
By Kelsey Mowatt
As Lance Palmer prepares for his second World Series of Fighting bout on June 21st, versus Nick Lobosco, the decorated wrestler will do so having experienced defeat for the first time in MMA. Last December, Palmer had his seven fight win streak snapped by Georgi Karakhanyan, who tapped him out and secured the promotion’s featherweight title.
Like nearly every fighter before him, Palmer has had to process the loss, learn from it and move on.
“I mean Georgi is pretty much a veteran fighter; the guy has 26 or 27 fights, and he’s been fighting for eight or nine years, so I definitely learned a lot, I learn in every fight; all the wins that I have I’ve learned,” Palmer said on a recent episode of Full Contact Fighter Radio, when asked if he buys into the narrative that you learn more from your losses than your victories. “Things I wanted to do in fights, and I didn’t do, I learned from that. Things the other guy did that I wasn’t defending…every fight I always learn something.”
Of course, since Palmer is a four time, division one, All American wrestler, he has plenty of experience dealing with the highs and lows that stem from sports.
“Just from my background, I’ve always been competing my entire life,” the 26 year-old furthered, while discussing his defeat to Karakhanyan, who submitted Palmer with a third round, guillotine choke. “I learn from a win or a loss. The loss teaches you that you were caught in that position. Even in the fights you win, you could be in a position, which could be considered bad positions, but you don’t get stuck there, you don’t lose the fight from there. In most fights there are positions where you could do better.”
“I’m my worst critic,” the Team Alpha Male fighter added. “I’m always looking to improve and to be the best that I can be. So the loss against Georgi was definitely a learning experience and it was great to fight a guy with that much experience. The thing that kind of sucks about the fight is that I feel like I was winning at the point, when I got caught in a guillotine…I have to move on and get ready for this fight.”
Palmer also believes that he demonstrated his ongoing evolution as a fighter at WSOF 7, particularly in the striking range.
“I started to open up a lot more with my striking in that fight, because Georgi is a good striker, he throws kicks, he throws punches, knees, so there was a lot that came from that,” noted Palmer. “Being able to defend his kicks and block his kicks and punches; I don’t think that he landed more than a few punches on our feet. He threw a lot more, high volume then I did, but it got me to open up and actually go after it…so that was a positive out of it.”
“Also, I opened up a lot on the ground,” the featherweight added. “I think it was in the second round, towards the end of the round, I got the takedown and I landed a nice big elbow over the top, and for me, that was the first time that I actually was able to open up on top, and actually go for strikes, and actually land some strikes…I want to be a complete fighter, so if I do get a takedown, I want to be active from on top.”
In Lobosco, Palmer will face a fighter who yet to experience defeat in pro MMA, as the featherweight has won all seven of his fights to date.
“No, I don’t know much about him,” Palmer admitted. “I’m going to go over some of his tape…I know that he was a wrestling background, he has some finishes from his striking, some TKOs and stuff like that…we’re just going to go out, keep improving from my last fight and go out and get the win.”
WSOF 10 will be hosted by the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.