The PFL season keeps on rolling along as the upstart promotion invades the Nassau Coliseum Thursday night. The featherweights will take center stage as the televised main card goes live on NBCSN at 9/8c, and this time out Lance Palmer headlines.
PFL 4 will culminate when 31-year old Lance Palmer takes on Chinese fighter Tuerxun Jumabieke. Palmer, a.k.a. ‘The Party’ is currently sitting in third place in the overall season standings; he earned five points for his finish of Bekbulat Magomedov at the inaugural PFL event back in June.
As for Jumabieke, to say that he has had a tough couple fights in the PFL would be an understatement. The Chinese national was dominated in his promotional debut against unbeaten Andre Harrison and will now look to cash in as a sizable underdog if he could indeed crash ‘The Party.’
Cageside Press caught up with Palmer on fight week and the former WSOF champion gave his thoughts on why he is the headlining bout over local fan favorite Andre Harrison, and being one step closer to the million dollar prize.
“For this season of the PFL I really don’t care where I’m fighting,” Palmer said regarding his main event slot at PFL 4 over Nassau’s own Harrison.
“It would be different if I was the champ. In the past I would’ve been mad if I wasn’t the main event or co-main event as the defending champion. It’s a respect thing, as the champ you feel like you earned that spot at the end of the night, but I’m not the champion in the PFL yet so I was a bit surprised.”
Surprising perhaps, however, Palmer and Harrison do have some history. In the WSOF days “The Bull” defeated Palmer to capture the featherweight strap and Harrison hasn’t looked back since. Is there unfinished business between these two?
“I know how good of a fighter Andre is, and I know how good of an athlete he is, but yeah I do think we have some unsettled business,” admitted Palmer. “Honestly, for how good Andre is I’m surprised he didn’t do a little more to try and finish the fight against Juma, maybe its just that Juma is that tough, I guess we are going to find out.”
Indeed we will find out. PFL 4 is just days away and “The Party” insists he is ready for whatever at the Nassau Coliseum. “I had a great camp,” said Palmer. “I’m so happy with all the different looks I got throughout camp and I’m just ready to go, I love what I do and I’m going to put on a show come Thursday.”
PFL 4 goes down Thursday, July 19, live on NBCSN at 8/7c. The prelims can be seen on Facebook live stream.