Former World Series of Fighting champion Lance Palmer has spent his entire career training out of Team Alpha Male in Sacramento but that won’t be the case as he prepares to enter the Professional Fighters League tournament kicking off on June 7 in New York.
While Palmer has been a stalwart of Team Alpha Male since even before he actually started fighting professionally, the former All-American wrestler felt like a change of scenery would do him good ahead of a tournament that could earn him $1 million in prize money.
Palmer insists there was no bad blood with Team Alpha Male and he stays in constant contact with his teammates from the gym, but he opted to relocate to Las Vegas where he’s working with longtime friend Joseph Benavidez and several new coaches as well.
“I’m still tight with everybody over at Alpha Male and I love all those guys and I have a relationship and a brotherhood with those guys but I just wanted to try something different,” Palmer explained when speaking to MMAWeekly. “Get a different look, different training partners, and some different coaching. Obviously Joe [Benavidez] and I are in camp at the same time so it’s nice for both of us to go through camp together. A little bit of everything.
“That’s all it is. Nothing happened at Alpha Male. I actually moved from Sacramento over a year ago but I did do my last camp in Sacramento.”
More recently, Palmer and his wife relocated full time to Columbus, OH where he went to college at the Ohio State University but he’s still traveling for his training camps.
Long term, Palmer says it’s a dream to eventually open his own facility in Ohio but for now he’s focused on his fight career and that requires traveling to places like Las Vegas where there are no shortage of great facilities, sparring partners and coaches.
Add to that, Palmer’s manager lives in Las Vegas so that only makes things easier for him from a business perspective as he prepares for a tournament that will dominate his life for the remainder of 2018.
“My manager Ali [Abdelaziz] is out here in Vegas as well so it’s easy for that as well so if I need anything or have issues with anything, he’s right here,” Palmer explained. “It’s been good so far. Great training, great partners, so I like it.”
As far as the future goes, Palmer isn’t ready to commit to anything just yet but he does like what he’s seen in Las Vegas during his training camp to prepare for the upcoming fight against Bekbulat Magomedov.
With his focus on a win in the PFL tournament, Palmer knows he’s going to be very active this year and it would only help him to have a constant group of teammates and coaches around him during this time in his career.
“It’s definitely been good so far,” Palmer added. “We’ll see how it goes but so far it’s been good. This year is going to be a busy year for me so obviously not changing every single camp would be easiest but we’ll see how it goes. I have a few different options on the table for things I’d like to do or want to do.”