It is no secret to MMA fans that Team Alpha Male is manufacturing some of the best fighters in the world. There is former WEC champion and current UFC bantamweight contender Urijah Faber, as well as UFC flyweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez and Chris Holdsworth, who just won season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter. It is a pretty impressive list and after Saturday night World Series of Fighting’s Lance Palmer (7-0 MMA, 0-0 WSOF) hopes his name will be added to that list of stars. If he can get past MMA veteran Georgi Karakhanyan in their WSOF featherweight title fight, he should have no trouble getting mentioned among the sport’s best.
Considering all of the success his teammates have experienced so far this year, it would be understandable if Palmer was feeling extra pressure heading into Saturday night. He insists that is not the case, “there is no added pressure based on what my teammates have accomplished because we’re all our own fighters.” It’s a great attitude to have, because comparing yourself to the superstars training next to you could do a lot of damage to a fighter’s mentality going into a big fight. And this is unquestionably the biggest fight of Palmer’s career and he’ll need all the confidence he can get when he steps into the cage with Karakhanyan at WSOF 7.
Because it’s such an important fight for him, it’s a good thing Palmer was able to benefit from a great training camp. He wasn’t the only Team Alpha Male member preparing to fight and that certainly makes it easier to get ready. Palmer was very quick to admit “we had our whole team in there, so it was a strong camp and everybody’s pumped up and it was on a different level with our training.” Along with Palmer, teammates Faber, Benavidez and Holdsworth were all training for big fights of their own at the same time. It will be interesting to see if it the hard work pays off on Saturday night. No matter what happens Lance Palmer made on thing clear “I’m just excited to go out there and compete, it’s why we’re all in this sport, to compete.”
Palmer vs. Karakhanyan will serve as the main event for The World Series of Fighting 7 which takes place Saturday December 7th from the PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia. Other fights on the card include a middleweight tournament semifinal between Elvis Mutapcic and Jesse Taylor as well as Nick Newell vs. Sabah Fadai. It promises to be a great night of fights and keep checking back with Profightingfans.com for more updates.
Pro Fighting Fans Staff Writer