'PFL: Fight Night' co-headliner Steven Siler just trying to 'have fun beating people up'

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Steven Siler had his run in the UFC, going 5-4 inside the octagon from December 2011 until his final fight with the industry leader in June 2014. Back then, the focus was 100 percent on training and fighting.

That’s a little tougher these days.

Siler (29-16), who takes Lance Palmer (11-3) in the co-main event of tonight’s “PFL: Fight Night” event in Washington D.C. (8 p.m. ET on MMAjunkie), has fought for four different promotions since leaving the UFC. PFL will mark his fifth.

Things are different as he now holds a regular day job in the mornings to balance with training for MMA fights. He is, however, thankful for the support he gets from his wife, who’s been doing well in real estate to allow him to concentrate more on training.

“That’s helped us out quite a bit,” Siler told MMAjunkie Radio. “Let me train a lot more, teach and just get ready for some fights.”

Because fighting is what he still enjoys most.

“I’m just trying to have fun in the gym, have fun beating people up,” Siler said.

To hear more from Siler, including his thoughts on his matchup with Palmer, check out the video above.

And for more on “PFL: Fight Night,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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With plans to retire before 35, PFL's Lance Palmer wants to make most of time in MMA

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Lance Palmer is coming off a loss, but given the circumstances, he’s not beating himself up too much over it.

Palmer (11-3) meets Steven Siler (29-16) at Thursday’s “PFL: Fight Night” – a joint charity effort between the promotion and nonprofit Fight For Children. The bout, which co-headlines the card, will also mark the former WSOF champion’s first outing since a title-costing loss to Andre Harrison at WSOF 35 back in March.

There was, however, an extenuating factor there: Palmer broke his hand in the first round of the five-round affair. In fact, that was the second fight in a row that happened.

Still, Palmer made it to the judges’ scorecards. Sure, Palmer will say, there are always lessons – good and bad – to be taken from losses. But as he returned to the locker room from this one, his focus was more on the aftermath of the injury than on anything else.

“The things that go through your mind after a loss are obviously, ‘What could I have done better and things that I could have done differently?” Palmer told MMAjunkie Radio ahead of the event, which streams on the promotion’s website and MMAjunkie. “(But) that fight was more that I was pissed that I broke my hand in the first round. And it kind of hindered everything that I wanted to show in the fight. And everything that I wanted to do in that fight against Andre.”

That doesn’t mean Palmer doesn’t respect Harrison’s skills as a fighter. In fact, he would love to meet him in the finals of the million-dollar tournament that PFL has in the works for next year. But considering he fought with a single hand for four rounds, Palmer thinks his performance was “pretty great.”

Between the past encounter with Harrison and a possible future one sits the one with Siler, a UFC veteran and former Titan FC title challenger who’s also looking to get back on the winning path after a WSOF 35 loss of his own. The two meet on the co-headliner at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C.

Palmer has some added weapons for this specific preparation. At his Team Alpha Male training grounds, he was able to gather some knowledge from former two-time UFC 145-pound title challenger Chad Mendes and UFC featherweight Darren Elkins – both of whom have fought (and beaten) Siler in the past.

But while the four-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler did make the most of the insight, there’s a limit to how much he’s drawing from them.

“We have a good game plan going in,” Palmer said. “But obviously every matchup is different. It doesn’t matter if Elkins fought him a certain way or Chad fought him another way. My style is different than both of those guys, so I’m going to have to go about it another way.”

The future after this particular fight is up in the air, as Palmer has yet to figure out the specifics of his deal with his current promotion. The reason being: Palmer still had two more fights with WSOF before the promotion became PFL. With the change, he’s not yet sure where he stands, something he’s hoping to clarify within the next few weeks.

But his plans for further down the road are clearer. Palmer, who turns 31 early next year, only expects to fight until he’s 35. So, rather than trying to revolutionize his style or expect major leaps in training, he’s learned to make the best of what he’s got while he has it.

“I think the main thing for me is just enjoying the time while I’m in this sport,” Palmer said. “And making it something special and giving people fights to remember and things like that as I go through it. Just improving every day. And little aspects of every area of the fight game. Not really trying to make crazy gains in certain areas because that’s unrealistic.

“You just have to look for the little details every day. And look at improving even one area a day is something that keeps me motivated. And that’s what I enjoy.”

To hear from Palmer, check out the video above.

And for more on “PFL: Fight Night,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go towww.mmajunkie.com/radio.

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'PFL: Fight Night' weigh-ins results

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“PFL: Fight Night” is good to go as all eight fighters made weight today.

In the headliner, Blagoy Ivanov (15-1) and Caio Alencar (11-1) clash in a heavyweight bout. And in the co-main event, former two-time WSOF featherweight champion Lance Palmer (11-3) meets ex-UFC fighter Steven Siler (29-16).

“PFL: Fight Night” takes place Thursday at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C. and airs at 8 p.m. ET on MMAjunkie.

Below are the full weigh-in results:

  • Blagoy Ivanov (262) vs. Caio Alencar (253.4)
  • Lance Palmer (145.8) vs. Steven Siler (145.4)
  • Daniel Gallemore (261) vs. Mike Kyle (241.4)
  • Josenaldo Silva (135.2) vs. Timur Valiev (135.8)

For more on “PFL: Fight Night,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2552 with Dustin Poirier, Lance Palmer and Steven Siler

Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Dustin Poirier, Lance Palmer and Steven Siler.

Poirier headlines UFC Fight Night 120 against former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis on Nov. 11. Palmer and Siler oppose each other in the “PFL: Fight Night” co-headliner on Nov. 2.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Dustin Poirier, Lance Palmer, Steven Siler

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Dustin Poirier, Lance Palmer and Steven Siler.

Poirier headlines UFC Fight Night 120 next month against former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in Norfolk, Va. Palmer and Siler are getting ready to face each other next week at PFL: Washington, D.C.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTubepages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
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  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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PFL's season-ending charity event features Ivanov, Palmer, Siler, Kyle, others

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PFL, the successor to WSOF, will close out its abbreviated 2017 campaign with a charity event that features some familiar names.

“PFL: Washington D.C.” takes place Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C., and it streams on the promotion’s website, Facebook Live, YouTube and MMAjunkie, among others.

The event serves as a partnership project with Fight For Children, “a nonprofit based in Washington D.C. with a mission to ensure all kids in the District of Columbia region, especially those in the highest need areas, receive a quality early education and solid foundation for future success,” according to PFL officials. It’s the first time MMA is the featured attraction.

As previously announced, a heavyweight matchup between former WSOF champ Blagoy Ivanov (15-1) and Brazilian veteran Caio Alencar (11-1) headlines the card.

Former WSOF featherweight champion Lance Palmer (11-3), a four-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler who hasn’t fought since a title loss to Andre Harrison in March, was also previously announced for the card, and he now has an opponent: Steven Siler (29-16), a former UFC fighter and Titan FC title challenger who looks to rebound from a March loss to Hakeem Dawodu at WSOF 35.

Rounding out the main card are big-show vet Mike Kyle (22-15-1) vs. heavyweight Daniel Gallemore (7-3), as well as bantamweights Timur Valiev (11-2) vs. Josenaldo Silva (25-5).

The full “PFL: Washington D.C.” lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (MMAjunkie, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Blagoy Ivanov vs. Caio Alencar
  • Lance Palmer vs. Steven Siler
  • Daniel Gallemore vs. Mike Kyle
  • Josenaldo Silva vs. Timur Valiev

For more on “PFL: Washington D.C.,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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'PFL: Washington D.C.' adds Blagoy Ivanov vs. Caio Alencar, Lance Palmer vs. TBA

The Professional Fighters League’s final event of 2017 now has its first two fights – or at least one-and-a-half matchups.

PFL officials recently revealed that “PFL: Washington D.C.” will take place Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C. A heavyweight matchup between former WSOF champ Blagoy Ivanov (15-1) and Brazilian veteran Caio Alencar (11-1) serves as the headliner, while former WSOF featherweight champion Lance Palmer (11-3) features an opponent yet to be named.

The event serves as a partnership project with Fight For Children, “a nonprofit based in Washington D.C. with a mission to ensure all kids in the District of Columbia region, especially those in the highest need areas, receive a quality early education and solid foundation for future success,” according to PFL officials.

Two additional bouts will be revealed shortly for the card, which will stream live in its entirety on ProfessionalFightersLeague.com.

“Fight Night has been a staple in Washington for nearly three decades, and the Professional Fighters League is excited and honored to have some of our top athletes compete at this year’s event,” PFL Executive Chairman Russ Ramsey stated. “MMA fighters are among the most disciplined, driven, and committed athletes in the world – traits we hope to instill in our own kids and children everywhere, regardless of their backgrounds. As a D.C. native, myself, I have seen the incredible work of Fight For Children up close, and can think of no better way to cap off 2017 and begin the PFL’s mission of putting athletes first and reimagining the sport of MMA forever.”

Ivanov, ranked No. 14 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, enters the bout on a four-fight winning streak, built entirely under the WSOF banner before the promotion’s recent rebranding as the PFL. He now meets Alencar, who also boasts a four-fight winning streak – a run that includes a 77-second knockout of Jared Rosholt at this past December’s WSOF 34 event.

For more on “PFL: Washington D.C.,” check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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