Lance “The Party” Palmer first reached the mountaintop at WSOF16 when he submitted Rick Glenn with a rear-naked choke in the third round (3:09) of their matchup on December 13, 2014 for the World Series of Fighting featherweight title. Palmer went on to defend the belt dominating Chris Horodecki at WSOF21 with a first-round submission. But the champ was dethroned at WSOF26.
On December 18, 2016, the 5-foot-11, 27-year-old Alexandre “Capitao” Almeida notched his fifth consecutive win, seizing the title from Palmer via a controversial, unanimous decision after Almeida used his significant height and reach advantage to continuously frustrate the 5-foot-6, 28-year-old Palmer for the duration of their five-round matchup.
At WSOF32 on July 30, 2016 Palmer regained the belt he covets so much when he won a rematch with the man who took it from him after 5 hard-fought rounds. Before that battle took place, we go to go behind-the-scene of his journey from collegiate wrestler to WSOF champion and on the road to redemption in this revealing four-part series:
Lance Palmer’s Road To Redemption: Part 1
Lance Palmer’s Road To Redemption: Part 2
Lance Palmer’s Road To Redemption: Part 3
Lance Palmer’s Road To Redemption: Part 4
Before the heavyweights meet inside the Decagon at WSOF35 on March 18, the featherweight title will be on the line as Lance “The Party” Palmer (11-2) looks to begin a successful second title run at the expense of rising star Andre “The Bull” Harrison (15-0).
Palmer, a Division I All-American wrestler at Ohio State University, will have a tough task as Harrison’s confidence level is high after an dominating promotional debut at WSOFNYC with the 1st round submission of Bruce Boyington. Considered one of the best up-and-coming featherweights, Harrison has combined a collegiate wrestling background with impressive striking and submission skills. Harrison represents a real threat to the champion in every area of the fight. Competing in his backyard, the New York-native will surely enjoy a hometown advantage over Palmer.