Lance Palmer knows he is in tough with Andre Harrison, but plans to break his will and finish him.
Palmer will defend his featherweight title at World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 35 against the undefeated Andre Harrison. Harrison came to WSOF as the Titan FC featherweight champion. Following an extremely dominant debut he was able to secure himself an immediate title shot. Palmer knows he is in tough, but the Team Alpha Male product takes confidence from training daily with some of the best fighters on the planet.
“I spar with southpaws, orthodox guys. You know when you get in a fight it’s going to be a fight no matter what,” Palmer told The Fight House. “There is no guarantee in the fight of what’s going to happen, but I know I have the best training partners in the world and world class guys that I train with every day and get to grind with every day. Going into a fight against a tough guy isn’t really anything that makes my confidence any lower, it boosts my confidence knowing that I can go 25 minutes if I need to against anybody in the world.”
Harrison is an explosive athlete, with a really diverse skill set. His experience as the Titan FC champion has made him very familiar with five round fights. He has gone the distance as a champion numerous times. Palmer has had some rough luck with the judges though, so he is determined to keep this one out of their hands. According to him pressure is the key and says he’s confident he will finishing Harrison.
“(I have to) Finish the fight, pressure and show control in the fight. If he gets to a position where he is showing control I need to turn it around in my favour and win those rounds and go for the finish in all those rounds,” Palmer said. “I see myself finishing him with strikes, I see myself finishing him with a submission, I see him being a tough opponent, but I see myself putting everything I have into it, going out and breaking him and getting the finish.”
There is a lot of respect between these two. Andre Harrison is a very talented and dangerous opponent, but so is Lance Palmer and Palmer believes if he shows up at his best there is no way he loses.
“I just want to go out and perform to the best of my ability, because I know if I perform my best nobody can beat me,” Palmer said. “I don’t really worry about what he does, or what he has, or what his record is, for me it is more about performing to the best of my abilities and everything that I do everyday in training to be the best.”
Palmer and Harrison fill the co-main event slot at WSOF 35 in Verona, New York at the Turning Stone Casino on March 18. The prelims will stream on-line at WSOF.com and the main card will air live on NBC Sports at 11 pm.