Lance Palmer has established himself as the featherweight to win the Professional Fighters League, that’s very clear.
The Team Alpha Male representative comes back-to-back in the με 145 PFL Championships in 2018 and 2019. After a season of COVID-19 concerns, the 33-year-old Ohio will return to defend his throne starting Friday against Bubba Jenkins. Despite this history, Palmer does not feel any additional pressure leading to his third PFL campaign.
“I feel like the target on my back has been there since I was 10 years old in wrestling,” Palmer said during a PFL virtual media day. “I am pursuing my own goals and everyone must be able to pursue me. This is the mentality I have. “
The PFL has changed much of its roster by 2021, so Palmer will be looking at a different 145 pound field than in previous years. This, along with the ongoing COVID situation, which has created a bubble for PFL fighters, creates a new set of challenges.
“I think each season had its own meaning,” Palmer said. “It would definitely be a great season to win, with the competition as well as the conditions we are in … We are in a unique scenario to see who can handle these situations.”
Palmer believes that taking a break from a season could really prove to be beneficial for him.
“I honestly felt very good about entering the camp right away,” he said. I do not know if it was from the rest and I should not train from injuries and have the freedom to do anything instead of preparing for five consecutive battles. I would say the biggest difference was the fresh… like a clean slate that comes for this battle camp. “
Palmer, who also won the World Series of Fighting before being renamed the PFL, believes he’s in the debate when it comes to the best featherweights in the world. He acknowledged that he would not prove it, as many of them – such as Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway – are competing for the UFC.
“I think so,” he said. “It’s difficult because I can’t compete with any of these guys. You look at these guys and they are in an offer that has been around for a long time, the competition is well known, the marketing is great and they have their own ranking system. I feel like I’m talking about the best featherweight in the world.
“Until I meet one of these people, then I will prove it. No matter how difficult this roster is – almost everyone on this roster is high level – it is not going to prove that I am the best wing in the world. The only way [people] I think I’m the best is if I fight one of these guys and I can beat them. “