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Ex-Ohio State All-American Lance Palmer suffers first MMA loss at WSOF 7

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Lance Palmer, four-time NCAA All-American wrestler for Ohio State, suffered his first loss in his mixed martial arts career when he submitted to Georgi Karakhanyan in a featherweight title match in the World Series of Fighting 7 main event in Vancouver, British Columbia Saturday night.

Karakhanyan submitted the former Buckeye with a mounted guillotine choke at 4:40 of the third round to win the WSOF featherweight crown.

The description of the title match at the official WSOF website read: “(Karakhanyan) wrapped his arm around the neck and locked in a guillotine choke attempt, rolling over again to squeeze the hold and earn the tap with 20 seconds remaining in the round.”

After the match, Karakhanyan said, “Lance is a great fighter and comes from a good wrestling background. My coach told me to keep it standing and pick him apart, but Lance was trying to grind me out. It was a very tough fight, but if I put that guillotine on you, I don’t care who you are, you’re going to tap.”

On his Twitter account @LancePalmer posted this message after the loss: “Sorry everyone. Tonight wasn't my time yet I guess. I'll be back! O-H”

It was Palmer’s first match with WSOF, having won the Resurrection Fighting Championships featherweight title at RFA 8 in Milwaukee in June. In an interview a few days ago with, Palmer explained his move to WSOF: "My contract with RFA was up in November, or October, one of the two, so it was just looking at different options and World Series called us, and it wasn't even about the title fight. They called us about doing the deal with World Series and what I thought about it, and then the next week it was Rick Glenn is out, do you want to fight for the title? Everything went from there and it's pretty cool the way things worked out."

Palmer, who launched his MMA career in May 2011, falls to 7-1 overall; Karakhanyan is now 23-3-1.

It’s been a challenging autumn for Palmer. In October at the Agon Wrestling I event in Las Vegas, the former Buckeye was shut out by Jordan Oliver, a two-time NCAA champ for Oklahoma State, 8-0.

A four-time Ohio state champ for St. Edward High School in suburban Cleveland, Palmer became a four-time NCAA All-American for Ohio State. As a senior, he won the 149-pound title at the 2010 Big Ten conference championships, and was a finalist at the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, losing to Iowa's Brent Metcalf.

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