With only four days until “World Series of Fighting 10: Branch vs. Taylor” takes place at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, June 21, fighters are putting the finishing touches on their training camps and game plans.
The event will be televised live on NBCSN at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT local time) and features a championship tripleheader topped by a main event of David Branch (13-3) vs. Jesse Taylor (27-9) for World Series of Fighting’s inaugural middleweight title, as well as a co-main event of World Series of Fighting featherweight champion Georgi Karakhanyan (23-3-1) vs. Rick Glenn (14-2).
In the night’s third title fight, the world’s no. 1 ranked women’s strawweight and current World Series of Fighting champion Jessica “Jag” Aguilar (17-4) will defend her belt against Japanese contender Emi “The Kamikaze Angel” Fujino (13-7).
Additionally, the main card will include intense matchups of lightweights Tyson Griffin (16-7) vs. Luiz “Buscape” Firmino (17-6) and featherweights Nick Lobosco (7-0) vs. Lance Palmer (7-1).
Rick Glenn is an aggressive 25-year-old striker from Iowa, who now lives and trains in Milwaukee with standup wizard Duke Roufus at the Roufusport MMA academy. At 6-feet tall, he looks to use his reach on Saturday to defeat Karakhanyan.
on training with Anthony Pettis:
“Anthony is a weight class above me, he’s got the UFC belt and I’ve been training with him for three years now. Heck yeah, training with Anthony helps my confidence a lot.”
Rick Glenn’s thoughts about Georgi Karakhanyan:
“He’s really athletic and well-rounded. Seems like a respectful guy. I’m going to beat him by staying sharp, don’t make mistakes and take it to him. I’m going for the finish.”
“Growing up my dad always told me, ‘It’s either you or them. How bad do you want it? And I want this title really bad. I’m not looking to get my ass kicked.”
Nicky Lobosco is a heavy-handed featherweight fighting with St. Charles MMA in Missouri. The high school wrestling coach made a splash at WSOF 6 when he scored a vicious knockout of Fabio Mello with a head kick and punches. He will take on a very highly regarded prospect in Team Alpha Male fighter, Lance Palmer.
Big Stakes vs. Lance Palmer?
“I’m moving up. Every time I fight I want someone better. This is a chance to prove that I’m The Next Big Thing. I believe I’m world-class caliber and I’m always ready to prove it.
“I’m explosive. I’m pretty athletic and powerful so don’t blink.”
Impressions of Lance Palmer
“He seems like a tough guy, he pushes the pace and comes to fight. His whole team does that. I think he’ll come hard and be aggressive. I’ll just stay ready for everything.
“Wherever I see an opening is where I go. If I see an opening on the ground then I’ll take it there. If I see someone is uncomfortable standing then I’ll keep it standing. I do whatever it takes to win big. But I don’t do stupid stuff. A knockout in the 15th minute is the same as a knockout in the first minute. A knockout is a knockout. I’m going to take my time and I’m going to find an opening.
“There isn’t any bad blood between us. He’s focused on getting ready and I’m focused on getting ready. I’m not a big trash-talker; you can say whatever you want but at the end of the day you’ve got to fight, so it doesn’t really matter. Somebody could call me out, tell me I look stupid or act stupid, but I don’t really care.”
Big Name Gyms
“ There’s nothing wrong with being at a big name gym. Everyone has their own style and me training here in Missouri is my style. I’ve trained at big name gyms – in fact a few years back I helped Dominick Cruz get ready for two of his camps and it was awesome. I loved being around those guys and the camaraderie was great. But it depends on you personality … and I’m comfortable working with my people.
“When I box, I don’t box with MMA guys, I box with professional boxers. When I wrestle, I wrestle with a guy that is 7th in the nation in judo and a wrestler who competes internationally. I don’t practice with guys who just do MMA. I practice each sport ‘as is’ and I practice with people that focus on those individual sports. And that’s to my advantage and why I do what I do.”