Lance Palmer replaces Rick Glenn, faces Georgi Karakhanyan for World Series of Fighting featherweight title
Nov 16, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Georgi
Karakhanyan (22-3-1) will still compete for World Series of
Fighting's inaugural featherweight title, but he'll face a new
opponent, Lance Palmer
(7-0), an impressive young fighter whose addition makes this new
championship matchup just as exciting as the originally planned
Glenn (14-2-1) withdrew from the World Series of Fighting 7
bout due to personal reasons.
"We wish Rick Glenn all
the best and know that he still has a very bright future ahead of
him in our promotion," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo
World Series of Fighting recently signed a multi-fight deal with
Palmer, who now meets Karakhanyan to determine the promotion's
first 145-pound champion.
Karakhanyan and Palmer meet in the five-round, co-main event of
next month's "World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle" event,
which takes place Dec. 7 at PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada. The night's main card airs live on NBCSN at 9
p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, following prelims that stream live on World
Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com.
Tickets for World Series of Fighting 7, which start at just $29,
and are available at TicketLeader.ca.
Palmer is a former four-time All-American collegiate wrestler at
Ohio State University. A member of California's famed Team Alpha
Male, Palmer currently trains alongside MMA standouts Urijah Faber,
Benavidez, Chad Mendes,
Castillo and T.J.
Dillashaw, among others. Palmer made his professional debut in
2011 and remains undefeated through his first seven contests,
including a recent decision win that saw him claim the Resurrection
Fighting Alliance featherweight title.
"I'm very excited to start this next chapter of my career," said
Palmer. "To be able to come in and fight for a title in a top
promotion is a great honor, and I'm looking forward to putting on a
great show for the fans."
Meanwhile, Karakhanyan brings an eight-fight win streak to the
matchup. The 28-year-old Millennia MMA fighter, who was born in
Russia but now makes his home in Southern California, turned pro in
2006 and has since racked up 22 wins, including 12 submission
victories and another four by knockout. He debuted for World Series
of Fighting in September, scoring an impressive first-round
submission win over Waylon Lowe,
who had won his previous four fights by knockout.
"It is unfortunate that Rick had to pull out of the fight," said
Karakhanyan. "As professional, my job is to adapt and be prepared
for anything and everything. I'm really excited to fight. Don't
matter who it is, I just want to fight. Lance Palmer
is a tough opponent, and I'm looking forward to beating him for the
The winner of the Karakhanyan vs. Palmer matchup will join recently
crowned welterweight champion Steve Carl as
the first two title holders on the World Series of Fighting
About WSOF World Series of Fighting is a professional Mixed Martial
Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering an incredible,
action-packed entertainment experience for fight fans by producing
the best possible matchups between elite fighters from around the
globe. For more information please visit WSOF.com. Follow World
Series of Fighting on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and World Series of
Fighting President Ray Sefo
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