Lance Palmer has eyes set on more title belts. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Lance Palmer already has World Series of Fighting and Resurrection Fighting Alliance championship belts in his trophy case, and the Team Alpha Male product says he’s only getting started.
“Over the course of my career [my long-term goal] is just continue to win titles, continue to build my brand in general, business wise and in MMA,” Palmer recently told Sherdog.com. “It’s something that’s important to have long-term goals and have them written down. Obviously the WSOF title is a great title. Eventually maybe I’ll move on and maybe win another title in Bellator or the UFC. That’s my goal is just to go out and take as many titles as possible. I’ve won the RFA title. I had to step up and win the WSOF title. Now I have to go out and defend it.”
Palmer’s first 145-pound defense will take place against Canadian Chris Horodecki at WSOF 21 on June 5. “The Party” claimed the belt this past December when he submitted Rick Glenn with a third-round rear-naked choke at WSOF 16. It was a moment Palmer referred to as “a great time of redemption” in part because his introduction to WSOF did not go as planned.
Palmer jumped right into the fire in his promotional debut, losing to Georgi Karakhanyan via third-round rear-naked choke in a featherweight title bout at WSOF 7.
The former Ohio State University wrestling standout took the bout on short notice after Rick Glenn pulled out of the December 2013 fight due to injury. If Palmer had been able to have the normal amount of preparation time, he believes his first organizational foray would have had a different outcome.
“If I would have had an eight-week camp I think that fight would have gone differently,” Palmer said. “It’s a game of inches. I knew he was great at the guillotine. I just got caught in that position as we were scrambling and it got tight quick. It was just something that you make one mistake in this game and it will cost you a win or a loss. You can’t regret taking the fight; I was ready for the fight. Up until that point I was winning the fight. That’s just something you can’t look back on and regret. I was ready at that time and I’m ready to keep the belt at this time.”
Over the course of a professional tenure that began when he was 17 years old, Horodecki has competed for Bellator MMA, World Extreme Cagefighting and International Fight League. “The Polish Hammer” made his first WSOF appearance last October, when he took a unanimous decision victory over Luis Huete. Palmer wasn’t particularly impressed.
“It wasn’t that great of a performance, honestly,” Palmer said of Horodecki’s most recent outing. “It’s a great fight for me to go out there and continue to show improvements and put on a great performance. He’s been around for a long time, and I don’t take anything from him but I don’t think he’s ready for this fight.”
Palmer understands that the true mark of a champion is not just winning, but defending, the title.
“Defending it is when you really prove you’re the champion,” he said. “It’s something that you have to go out there and take each fight with the same intensity that you took it to win the belt. That’s what I’m looking to do. Long term goals are always there, but if you don’t get the short term goals accomplished you’ll never get to those.”