Andre Harrison is happy to stand and bang with Lance Palmer for 25 minutes.
It didn’t take Andre Harrison long to secure himself a shot at the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) featherweight title. He came to WSOF as the Titan FC featherweight champion. He had a strong debut, submitting Bruce Boyington in the first round on the biggest card in the promotions history. Following the win Harrison says he was expecting to compete at once more before receiving a title shot.
“I actually had it mentioned to me right after my last fight, so I knew I was in there thoughts for it, but…I thought at the very least I would fight twice,” Harrison said. “I thought I would fight one more and then they would give me a title shot, but I do have a good record, so I cna see how they would want to push that a long.”
Harrison will have his hands full against champion Lance Palmer at WSOF 35. Palmer is a four time All-American and National runner-up. Harrison, a strong wrestler himself believes there is a good chance their grappling will cancel out and things will be settled with their hands.
“He’s a tough dude. Great wrestling background. Not scared to swing. I think he’s a great fighter and I think that makes for a great fight,” Harrison said. “Two people from the same background it cancels that skill set out and pushes it in a different direction…We might have a fight where we’re sitting up there throwing for 25 minutes you never know. Either way I figure it will be an exciting fight.
“I have better striking. I think that is my biggest advantage in this fight,” Harrison continued. “I think I have better striking and should the wrestling get negated and it is a stand-up war I think that will definitely go in my favour.”
Palmer has made a very successful career by marching people down, pressuring them and forcing them onto the defence. Harrison is has educated himself on Palmer’s style and believes pressure is going to be the key to bringing the title home with him at WSOF 35.
“His forward pressure. I gotta make sure that I am pushing Lance backwards,” Harrison said. “If he’s coming forward and he’s comfortable it will be a rough night for anybody. If he’s going backwards it is a different ball game. The more I can push forward the more the fight will be in my hands.”
This is a huge opportunity for Harrison. Recently the WSOF lost a great deal of their star power to other organizations and free agency. The former bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes recently opted to test the free agency waters, multi-divisional champ David Branch parted ways with the promotion and it is rumoured the promotions biggest star Justin Gaethje will be the next to part ways with the organization. The promotion is in need of their next big star and an undefeated champion could be just the guy they’re looking for. Harrison says it would be an honour.
“Ya, that would be a great thing,” Harrison said. “Get in there and handle business on the 18th and if it came down to where World Series would put me in a position like that, or push me me as a fighter in that kind of a light where I would be a superstar of the promotion, I would love to take that role.”
Harrison and Palmer will be the co-main event of the WSOF 35 card, which is set to go down at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York on March 18.