by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Lance Palmer, a four-time All-American wrestler and runner-up in the 2010 NCAA championships, has signed an exclusive deal with MMA Incorporated, to manage his MMA career.
The wrestler from the Ohio State University will soon move to Sacramento, CA to start training with Team Alpha Male, led by former WEC champion Urijah Faber.
During his career with the Ohio State University, Palmer was not only a four time All-American, but the 2010 Big Ten champion, before reaching the finals of the NCAA tournament at 149lbs.
Palmer joins a great team of top MMA competitors at Team Alpha Male, where he’ll work with fighters like Faber, Joseph Benavidez, Chad Mendes, and others at the Sacramento based camp.
“Palmer will be a great fit for Team Alpha Male” said Faber on Monday. “He has the type of work ethic we look for in a team member and is one of the toughest wrestlers in the country. He has a champion’s mentality and that is what we look for in our teammates.”
His new team will help guide him into his first fight in MMA, and assuming he progresses well, a very successful future like many of his new teammates.
“High-level wrestlers typically have an easier transition into the other disciplines of MMA,” said Mike Roberts, COO of MMA Incorporated. “Lance has a solid foundation in wrestling and a natural athleticism that I believe will help him learn striking and jiu-jitsu fairly quickly. Training with Faber, Benavidez, and Mendes will also greatly help his development.”
The Ohio State University graduate will relocate to Sacramento and start his training immediately, and hopes to make an impact in MMA in the near future.