WSOF 10: Lance Palmer Plans to Start Road Back to Title Shot
By Kelsey Mowatt
When Lance Palmer steps into the cage this Saturday to battle Nick Lobosco at World Series of Fighting 10, over six months will have gone by since he was defeated for the first time. In December, Palmer came up short in his effort to secure the WSOF featherweight title, as he was submitted by Georgi Karakhanyan in round three. Since then, the Team Alpha Male fighter has been anxious to return to action, and resume his promising career.
“Yeah, I was definitely hoping to fight earlier just because you never want to sit on a loss for too long; you want to stay active,” Palmer (7-1) relayed on a recent episode of Full Contact Fighter Radio. “Especially since it’s early in my career, I’d like to be active anyways.”
Although anything could happen, chances are Palmer’s 2014 campaign will be limited to just two fights.
“My career hasn’t really been that active,” the four time, All American wrestler noted. “The most fights I had in one year was four fights, but I’d like to have four fights every single year, but it doesn’t always work that way. Guys get injured, or you just can’t find an opponent for the smaller shows, and stuff like that.”
“I was hoping to fight on the March card in Vegas, or fight in Florida or something. But those guys (WSOF) have a plan for me, and June 21st is it. You have to take what you can get, and go out there and win your fights,” Palmer furthered. “They’ll keep me active as long as I’m performing and doing well. So, I’m just looking forward to getting out to Vegas, get this fight for June 21st, and after that we’ll see what’s next.”
WSOF 10 will also mark the first time Karakhanyan has fought since December, as the champion will face rising featherweight, Rick Glenn.
“I don’t know. I mean, we have kind of a good alliance with Roufus’s gym,” Palmer said, when asked to weigh-in on the bout between Karakhanyan and the Roufusport fighter. “I don’t really know Rick Glenn too well. I know that he’s 14-2, or something like that, and that he’s more of a striker from what I’ve heard. He’s a good striker and Georgi’s a decent striker. Georgi’s been around for a long time.”
“I think this fight they’ll try to be on their feet, for the most part for Rick, but I think that if Georgi works to get it to the ground, he might have some luck on the ground,” Palmer added. “I’ve never got to watch Rick fight, and I never got to see Georgi fight until I was studying him, before I fought him on short notice.”
As Palmer alluded to, the former RFA champion was brought in as a replacement for Glenn, when he faced Karakhanyan at WSOF 7.
“I’m looking forward to it though,” the 26 year-old furthered. “I need to win these next two fights, to even worry about getting back to a shot at the title, but I think a few more wins and I can put myself back up there…right now I’m just going to focus on Nick, and worry about him, because he’s a tough opponent, and he’s coming off a big win in his debut, so he’s somebody that I need to go out there and show I’m the better fighter.”
To read Palmer’s thoughts on his loss to Karakhanyan, and his evolution as fighter, head here.
WSOF 10 will be hosted by the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.