Palmer moves into playoffs with late-fight submission win

Palmer-Tuerxun PFL4

Lance Palmer proved to be way more than Jumabieke Tuerxun could handle in their PFL 4 main event bout at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY  last night. Palmer, 2-0-0  in the featherweight standings, dominated Tuerxun for the entire duration of the fight, mostly on the ground where he would eventually finish Tuerxun with only 25 seconds left in the fight. Palmer’s win secured him a second seed spot in the featherweight playoffs.

Palmer managed to take control of the fight early on in the first. After a failed single-leg takedown by Tuerxun,  Palmer managed to take Tuerxun’s back, working him over briefly in the clinch before getting  Tuerxun to the ground,  where he rained down several shots and smothered him on the ground for the duration of the first round. Second round, not much difference. Just twelve seconds into the round and Palmer has his back again and gets the fight right back to the ground, where he repeats the round in the same fashion as he did the first, smothering him and delivering some great ground-and-pound. The third round didn’t make it to the ground as quickly as the other two rounds, but at 2:48 into the third, Palmer got control on the ground again after another failed takedown attempt by Tuerxun. Palmer controlled him up until the final twenty-five seconds, where he sunk in a deadly neck crank, forcing the tap.

“It was a neck crank similar to what I did a few years ago against (Chris) Horodecki, but I was underneath this time and not on top flattening him out,” Palmer said. “It’s definitely a mean move and it hurts, and there’s only one way to go — it’s to tap or to let it break.”

“I’m in there,” Palmer said. “I’m just looking forward to that first matchup in the quarters, and then we’ll go from there, whoever I have left in the quarters. It doesn’t really matter [who it is] — we’ve got to beat everybody to be a millionaire.”

Sadly, Tuerxun never could seem to mount any kind of offense against Palmer, or defense against Palmer’s world-class ground game. Actually, Tuerxun never seemed to indicate at any point in the fight, that he was even in the fight.  Cagenomics final fight stats show him landing just 1 out of 14 punches thrown. Palmer landed 87 out of 115 punches thrown and was 2 for 2 on his takedowns.

From the very first round, Tuerxun was in pure survival mode and showed clearly throughout the entire duration of the fight that he was nowhere near prepared for an opponent like Palmer. Tuerxun’s loss eliminates him from the featherweight competition, leaving him finishing the tournament in tenth place with a season record of 0-2-0.

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“The Party” was all business tonight! Lance Palmer scores a third round submission finish and earns 4 points.

Posted by PFL MMA Recaps on Thursday, July 19, 2018

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