Lance Palmer is all too familiar with tournaments.
As a four-time All-American from the Ohio State University, Palmer has wrestled in some of the most intense tournaments in all of sports not to mention his overall athletic background spent on the mats since he was a kid.
That’s why Palmer is so excited about the launch of the Professional Fighters League tournament on Thursday night because there’s something exhilarating about this kind of format where anything can and usually does happen.
“You have to be free spirit when it comes to these fights. Anyone can win at any time so you have to be ready for anything,” Palmer told MMAWeekly. “I think when it comes down to it, you’ve got to go with the flow and be ready to fight anybody. You’re not really worrying about a certain opponent in a tournament structure. You’re just worried about making yourself the best you can be to win the tournament.”
Of course much like his collegiate career, Palmer knows there are certain matchups he’d like to see during this tournament — particularly a rematch with former World Series of Fighting featherweight champion Andre Harrison.
Harrson stands as the most recent loss on Palmer’s record and he would love nothing more than to avenge that defeat during this tournament but he also knows he can’t be distracted by that potential showdown.
“The main thing for me is to get back to that fight with [Andre] Harrison and hopefully it does happen in the finals and we can square off again,” Palmer said. “I think it would be awesome for the tournament to end that way but as everyone knows, tournaments rarely work out the way that they’re set up. That’s why it’s going to be so fun.
The prize money is by far the biggest goal for anybody participating in the PFL tournament format where each weight class tournament champion will go home with $1 million in their pocket.
Much like the Harrison matchup, Palmer isn’t allowing himself to get too distracted by the money but he’d be lying if he said that wasn’t a major incentive for this tournament.
“That’s definitely nice and when you’re trying to put money away and stack cash, that’s the most important thing,” Palmer added. “I’ve already won belts in this organization when it was World Series [of Fighting] and I’m just looking to add to it. Winning fights this year it helps add to your legacy but adding a million dollars, that’s a great goal. To win all these fights is the main goal and if you win every fight, one at a time, it gets you to that million dollars.
“If you’re solely focused on the end game, it’s a win or lose proposition so you just have to be focused on winning each fight or you might not make it to the finals.”