The World Series of Fighting is more than two years into their venture of making great fights. The little promotion that could has certainly succeeded longer than expected under the leadership of Ray Sefo and Ali Abdel-Aziz. The promotion has built its own stars in Marlon Moraes and Justin Gaethje and given veterans like Dave Branch and Jon Fitch a chance to revitalize their careers.

This Saturday the promotion hosts their sixteenth event in Sacramento, California. This will be the second event in a row that features multiple titles on the line. Jon Fitch challenging Rousimar Palhares for the welterweight title might hold top billing, but the featherweight title fight between Rick Glenn and Lance Palmer just might be the one that steals the show.

Take a look below at a breakdown of the fight between two fast-rising featherweights.

Rick Glenn Analysis 

Rick Glenn has a tendency to prove people wrong. The biggest case of this was earlier this year when he defeated Georgi Karakhanyan to become the WSOF champion. People didn’t expect Glenn to get the win for numerous reasons. He was coming off of nearly a year-long layoff and people just thought Karakhanyan was the better fighter. Glenn proved them wrong in every facet of those two factors. He looked like he was the fresher fighter. The layoff really seemed to help Glenn and he was very aggressive and just pounded Karakhanyan until he retired at the end of the second round.

Looking at Glenn’s record, that fight isn’t an anomaly. Glenn’s last loss came way back in 2010. “The Gladiator” has fought thirteen times since then, and ten of those fights ended in a finish. Glenn is going to come out fast and hit you early and often. Whether on the feet, on top with ground-and-pound, or on the bottom attacking with submissions, Glenn is dangerous everywhere. In this bout, watch for Glenn to look for that finish again to once again prove people wrong and solidify himself as champion.

Lance Palmer Analysis 

Lance Palmer has been pegged as a featherweight prospect for a while now and rightfully so. He is a fighter under 155 pounds that comes out of Team Alpha Male. That right there instantly solidifies your credentials as a fighter. Palmer trains with guys like Uriah Faber, Chad Mendes, and T.J. Dillashaw on a daily basis. It is iron sharpening iron. Palmer has the traditional Alpha Male fighting style, as well. Strong wrestling is the base for “The Party”, but once he gets guys down on the mat, he goes for the finish. Four of Palmer’s eight victories  come via submission. In this fight, Palmer is going to need to weather an early storm from Glenn and put the champion in some bad situations. Palmer has shown that he can overcome adversity.

Palmer lost his big title fight against Karakhanyan but came back out in his next fight and put on a career-best performance. Now some might do the analysis on this fight based on the common opponent in Karakhanyan. On paper, Kharakhanyan beat Palmer handily and Glenn beat Karakhanyan handily. So that means Glenn should beat Palmer handily, right? Not so much. Fights are all about matchups and both of these fighters present a different matchup problem for the other. Palmer’s wrestling could really stifle Glenn if he can get him frustrated and desperate. It is clear Palmer improved after his only career loss and if that improvement has continued on the same trajectory, then we could see a new champion on Saturday night.

One final x-factor in this one is where the fight is taking place. Palmer fights out of Sacramento and will certainly hold the home cage advantage. Home cage advantage is always a tricky thing. Palmer is going to have a lot of pressure on him. Will he thrive on the home crowd or will he let that and the fact that it is unlikely for him to get another title shot if he loses a second one get to him? This could very well be a fight-of-the night candidate. We just have to wait till Saturday night to figure out what happens.


About The Author

Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.