Rather than take the loss as a negative thing, Palmer instead looks at his fight with Karakhanyan and sees the good things that have come of it.
“I put a lot of criticism on myself win or lose, but I took a lot of positives out of it,” Palmer told MMAWeekly.com. “I opened up on my striking a lot more in that fight. I controlled the ground game a lot up until I got caught. I was winning the fight at the point that I got caught.
“It’s a game of inches and I just got caught against the cage and had nowhere to go. It’s a learning experience, but it’s also something where you get right back in there and try to get better, win or lose.”
Palmer was able to rebound when he returned to the WSOF in June, defeating prospect Nick LoBosco via rear naked choke just over four minutes into their bout.
“I think it was a perfect fight for me to go out and there and show dominance,” said Palmer. “I could be aggressive right off the bat and show some striking.
“I landed a nice knee to the chest. We exchanged left and right hands together. I landed a nice left hand, secured the takedown, got on top and landed some ground and pound. Overall I thought it was a good performance against a guy (in LoBosco) who was undefeated at the time.”
The win put Palmer (8-1) in a position to challenge for the WSOF 145-pound title on Dec. 13 in Sacramento, Calif., where he’ll take on current champion Rick Glenn (13-2-1).
“I just have to go out, be aggressive, work my level changes, move my feet in and out, and not stand in front of him,” said Palmer of facing Glenn.
“He’s got a long range and he’s a tall guy and he uses that to his advantage. He leans hard on that front leg and throws heavy punches, then pitter-patters and throws heavy punches, and he’s good at what he does with that. I have to be quicker than him – be fast, be first – all the time.”
Not only will Palmer claim his second MMA championship with a win over Glenn, but it will also allow him to further his career and development as a fighter.
“Any time I can go out there and win a title, it will help me any way it can in the sport,” said Palmer. “I have the RFA title that I won in June of last year and hopefully I’ll get this win and get this belt for WSOF and go into this next year and keep striving to get better.
“It’s not about just winning a title, it’s about becoming a better mixed martial artist overall.”
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