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Palmer gains third-round stoppage at PFL 5

Former Ohio State mat star Lance Palmer stopped Luis Rafael Laurentino in the third round of their 145-pound bout at PFL (Professional Fight League) 5: 2019 Regular Season in Atlantic City Thursday night.

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"Lance Palmer once again proved he's the gold standard in PFL's featherweight division," asserted MMAnews.com.

"… Palmer had his way in the grappling department, but he wasn't content with riding out another
unanimous decision. Instead, Palmer pummeled his opponent on the ground for a TKO victory."

Here's how CageSidePress.com set the scene for the fight:

"Lance Palmer has long been a PFL mainstay, and a WSOF standout well before that. In the league's opening season, Palmer captured the featherweight title, and the million-dollar prize. For the PFL's 2019 season he was back, looking to repeat as champion. The next step in that quest came at PFL 5 2019, against Luis Rafael Laurentino on Thursday."

"Not surprisingly, Palmer landed a takedown early in the fight," CageSidePress continued. "But Laurentino had the BJJ you'd expect from a high-level Brazilian fighter. Palmer had to contend with a number of dangers, including a gogoplata attempt. However, he'd stay in control for the bulk of the round…"

"A missed head kick early in round three gave Palmer the window he needed to get a takedown. This time, he passed guard almost immediately to get into side control. Laurentino rolled to all fours, giving Palmer back control, then full mount. The blows started raining down from 'The Party' and Laurentino had no escape. As Palmer flatted out Laurentino, who had rolled to his stomach, the fight was stopped."

Putting it in official terms, Lance "the Party" Palmer scored a TKO over Luis Rafael Laurentino at 2:45 in Round 3.

With the win, the former Buckeye is now 19-3 in his pro career launched in May 2011. Perhaps more important, the 31-year-old Palmer will return to the PFL featherweight playoffs again, having won the first two rounds this season. Palmer won the first-season tournament, taking home the $1 million grand prize.

Prior to entering MMA, Lance Palmer was a four-time Ohio high school state champion wrestler (and the subject of a documentary titled "Pinned."). At Ohio State, Palmer was a four-time NCAA All-American and Big Ten champion.

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