By now, all spectators in the sports world understand that as sporting events evolve, so too must the athletes. An athlete’s evolution often extends beyond just adding new techniques to their arsenal. While learning new tricks does help, it also helps to study one’s own victories and defeats, because even the poorest of past performances can teach a fighter a number of great things as they evolve into the best in the world.

For a long time, Team Alpha Male’s Lance Palmer alternated between submissions wins and decision wins. His striking progressed with each fight, and coupling that in with his wrestling background helped to make him a well-rounded threat that could contend with the best in the sport at 145 pounds. His hard work took him through the Resurrection Fighting Alliance, and he planned on showcasing his skills in full force when he signed with World Series of Fighting to face Georgi Karakhanyan at WSOF 7 last December. However, Karakhanyan prevailed via third-round submission. Despite the bad taste in his mouth from that defeat, Palmer took plenty of good things away from that fight.

Palmer (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

Palmer (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

“It was a good fight for me,” Palmer told The MMA Corner. “I was opening up on my striking and winning in the ground game as well. You can go over what you did wrong, but there were a lot more positives than negatives, so you just need to come back in the next one. You can’t dwell on a fight that you lose. If you do, you’re never going to get better. So, you need to learn from your mistakes and the little things that you did wrong, and move on from it. That’s all you can do.”

With UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, Joseph Benavidez, Justin Buchholz, Danny Castillo and others at the Team Alpha Male gym, Palmer never has trouble finding guys to help him improve in any realm of the fight. Since Alpha Male offers training in every discipline of the sport, Palmer had little difficulty starting with everything at the same time when he first joined the camp.

“Every day, we have different things that we train,” Palmer said. “So, each week you’re getting every aspect of MMA in. So I’ve been doing every aspect of MMA, and I’ve been trying to improve every time I fight, and just try to show a little bit more of what I’ve learned and things that I feel comfortable with.

“If you’re not training in everything, you’re holding yourself back. That’s why we brought in guys like Duane Ludwig, for the striking aspect, and he’s done a great job of it so far. Also, to have Martin Kampmann here for Urijah’s camp. Having both here and both of their knowledge of the sport, it’s been great. So, if you’re not training every aspect of MMA, there’s no point in doing it. You need to train in everything and get better in everything.”

Palmer received the opportunity to show what he could do in a title-fight scenario when he replaced Rick Glenn to combat Karakhanyan at WSOF 7. He showed off some vast improvements, despite coming up in defeat. Now, Karakhanyan will face Glenn at WSOF 10 this Saturday at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Palmer will open up the main-card portion of the event opposite Nick LoBosco. Much like Palmer, LoBosco owns seven pro wins, but his record remains spotless.

Palmer (top) (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

Palmer (top) (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

“He’s got a few different things that he does really well,” Palmer said. “He hasn’t really fought anybody that was building him up at all, so it’s hard to say that he’s had that kind of competition that’s high level yet. So, I don’t know, but we’ll find out.

“I have three fights left on my contract, and after this fight, I’ll have two left. I don’t know what [the WSOF’s] plan is for me, but I just have to go out there and take care of business, and we’ll go from there. I’d like to get a couple more wins under my belt and then hopefully fight Georgi again, or if Rick Glenn wins, fight Rick Glenn for the belt, but I’d definitely want to get that belt after missing my opportunity at it.”

With a difficult foe and a solid finisher on his hands, Palmer aims to test out what LoBosco can accomplish when the eyes and ears of the world are watching live on NBC Sports Network. Then, with a win, he will look forward to making a run back towards that belt, regardless of who holds it after Saturday’s event.

Lance would like to thank his sponsors, his coaches, everyone at Team Alpha Male and everyone who has been supportive of him in preparation for this fight, and from day one. Follow Palmer on Twitter: @LancePalmer