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Bart Palaszewski
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Palaszewski at WEC 53 Weigh-Ins, December 2010.
Born (1983-05-30) May 30, 1983 (age 40)
Warsaw, People's Republic of Poland, (today Poland)
Other names Bartimus
Nationality Polish-American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Division Lightweight
Featherweight
Welterweight
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Fighting out of Wonder Lake, Illinois, United States
Team Team Curran
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2002–2014
Mixed martial arts record
Total 53
Wins 36
By knockout 18
By submission 10
By decision 8
Losses 17
By knockout 2
By submission 3
By decision 12
Amateur record
Total 2
Wins 2
By submission 2
last updated on: November 23, 2011

Bart K. Palaszewski (Polish pronunciation: [palaˈʂɛfskʲi]; born May 30, 1983) is a retired Polish-American professional mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the UFC's Featherweight division. A professional competitor from 2002 until 2014, Palaszewski has also formerly competed for the WEC, the Quad Cities Silverbacks of the IFL, and King of the Cage.

Background

Palaszewski was born in Warsaw, Poland and lived there until he was 13 years old when he and his family immigrated to Wonder Lake, Illinois. In Poland, he was a "punching bag" for his older cousin who was involved in kickboxing, and Palaszewski also began judo when he was in the third grade. However, his coach became an Olympian and after Palaszewski was not happy with his old coach's replacement, he trained for six months in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai before being introduced to mixed martial arts. He trained whilst working as a photographer and graphic designer and holding other computer-related jobs. Then, after seeing his first MMA event at a show in McHenry, Illinois, Palaszewski was hooked. Although his official record indicates that he lost his first four professional fights, he claims that he had other wins professionally but only the four losses were documented when his coach sent in the results. Nevertheless, he then bounced back with eight consecutive victories.

Mixed martial arts career

World Extreme Cagefighting

Palaszewski made his WEC debut against Alex Karalexis at WEC 37. He won the fight via second round TKO, earning Knockout of the Night honors.

Palaszewski suffered back to back losses against Ricardo Lamas via unanimous decision at WEC 39, and Anthony Njokuani via second round at WEC 40. The loss to Njokuani is to this date the only TKO/KO loss of his career.

Palaszewski fought touted prospect Anthony Pettis on December 19, 2009 at WEC 45. He gave Pettis his first professional loss via split decision.

Palaszewski defeated Karen Darabedyan via first round submission at WEC 47.

Palaszewski faced Zach Micklewright on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50. He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Palaszewski was expected to face Kamal Shalorus on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52., but the bout was moved to WEC 53 after Shalorus suffered a hand injury. Palaszewski lost to Shalorus via a split decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, most WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.

Palaszewski was expected to face Cody McKenzie on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130. However, McKenzie was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Gleison Tibau. Palaszewski himself was forced from the Tibau bout with an injury and replaced by Rafaello Oliveira.

Palaszewski returned to face Tyson Griffin in a featherweight bout on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137. Palaszewski won via first-round KO after dropping Griffin with a left hook and finishing the fight with a flurry of punches against the cage, earning Knockout of the Night honors.

Palaszewski faced Hatsu Hioki on February 26, 2012 at UFC 144. Hioki defeated Palaszewski via unanimous decision.

Palaszewski faced Diego Nunes on October 5, 2012 at UFC on FX 5., losing via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27). Despite the loss, he still earned the "Fight of the Night" bonus.

Palaszewski faced Cole Miller on April 13, 2013 at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. Palaszewski lost the fight via submission in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.

On February in 2014, Palaszewski announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition.

Personal life

Palaszewski is divorced with two daughters.

Championships and achievements

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Knockout of the Night (One time) vs. Tyson Griffin
    • Fight of the Night (One time) vs. Diego Nunes
  • World Extreme Cagefighting
    • Knockout of the Night (One time) vs. Alex Karalexis

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
53 matches 36 wins 17 losses
By knockout 18 2
By submission 10 3
By decision 8 12
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 36–17 Cole Miller Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale April 13, 2013 1 4:23 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 36–16 Diego Nunes Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot October 5, 2012 3 5:00 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 36–15 Hatsu Hioki Decision (unanimous) UFC 144 February 26, 2012 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 36–14 Tyson Griffin KO (punches) UFC 137 October 29, 2011 1 2:45 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (148 lbs) bout. Griffin missed weight. Knockout of the Night.
Loss 35–14 Kamal Shalorus Decision (split) WEC 53 December 16, 2010 3 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Win 35–13 Zach Micklewright KO (punch) WEC 50 August 18, 2010 2 0:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 34–13 Karen Darabedyan Submission (armbar) WEC 47 March 6, 2010 1 4:40 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 33–13 Anthony Pettis Decision (split) WEC 45 December 19, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 32–13 Tyler Combs TKO (punches) Xtreme Fighting Organization 32 September 10, 2009 2 3:48 New Munster, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 31–13 Anthony Njokuani TKO (punches) WEC 40 April 5, 2009 2 0:27 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 31–12 Ricardo Lamas Decision (unanimous) WEC 39 March 1, 2009 3 5:00 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Win 31–11 Alex Karalexis TKO (punches) WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia December 3, 2008 2 1:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 30–11 Jeff Cox TKO (punches) Adrenaline MMA: Guida vs. Russow June 14, 2008 2 3:07 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 29–11 Jim Miller Decision (unanimous) IFL: New Jersey April 4, 2008 3 4:00 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Loss 29–10 Chris Horodecki Decision (split) IFL: World Grand Prix Semifinals November 3, 2007 3 4:00 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Loss 29–9 Deividas Taurosevicius Technical Submission (armbar) IFL: 2007 Team Championship Final September 20, 2007 2 1:30 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 29–8 Harris Sarmiento Submission (guillotine choke) IFL: 2007 Semifinals August 2, 2007 3 1:06 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 28–8 John Strawn KO (punch) IFL: Chicago May 19, 2007 1 0:48 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win 27–8 John Gunderson Decision (split) IFL: Moline April 7, 2007 3 4:00 Moline, Illinois, United States
Loss 26–8 Chris Horodecki Decision (split) IFL: Houston February 2, 2007 3 4:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 26–7 Ryan Schultz KO (punch) IFL: Championship Final December 29, 2006 3 2:16 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 25–7 Ivan Menjivar Decision (split) IFL: World Championship Semifinals November 2, 2006 3 4:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 24–7 Marcio Feitosa Decision (split) IFL: Gracie vs. Miletich September 23, 2006 3 4:00 Moline, Illinois, United States
Win 23–7 Steve Bruno KO (punch) IFL: Championship 2006 June 3, 2006 1 1:48 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 22–7 John Shackelford TKO (punches) IFL: Legends Championship 2006 April 29, 2006 2 1:31 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 21–7 Jay Ellis Submission (triangle choke) XFO 10: Explosion March 18, 2006 1 1:43 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 20–7 Wayne Weems TKO (punches) KOTC: Redemption on the River February 17, 2006 1 1:11 Moline, Illinois, United States
Win 19–7 Kyle Brees Submission (armbar) Xtreme Fighting Organization 8 December 10, 2005 2 2:41 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 18–7 Luke Spencer Submission (guillotine choke) Gracie Fighting Challenge October 14, 2005 1 N/A Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 17–7 Kyle Watson KO (punches) Total Fight Challenge 4 September 17, 2005 1 0:25 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 16–7 Josh Koon KO (punches) XFO 7: Outdoor War August 27, 2005 1 0:48 Island Lake, Illinois, United States
Loss 15–7 Clay Guida Decision (unanimous) XFO 6: Judgement Day June 25, 2005 3 5:00 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 15–6 Andrew Chappelle Decision (unanimous) SuperBrawl 40 April 30, 2005 3 5:00 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 14–6 Joe Jordan Decision (unanimous) Xtreme Fighting Organization 5 March 19, 2005 3 5:00 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 13–6 Ryan Ackerman KO (punches) Madtown Throwdown 2 February 19, 2005 N/A N/A Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Win 12–6 Luke Caudillo Submission (guillotine choke) Combat: Do Fighting Challenge 2 February 5, 2005 N/A N/A Illinois, United States
Win 11–6 Virgil Strzelecki KO (punch) XFO 4: International December 3, 2004 1 0:51 McHenry, Illinois, United States
Loss 10–6 Gesias Cavalcante Submission (guillotine choke) IHC 8: Ethereal November 20, 2004 1 1:03 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 10–5 Jay Estrada Submission (triangle choke) Xtreme Fighting Organization 3 October 2, 2004 1 4:31 McHenry, Illinois, United States
Win 9–5 Masayuki Okude KO (punch) Zst 6 September 12, 2004 1 2:27 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 8–5 Kolo Koka Decision (unanimous) SuperBrawl 36 June 18, 2004 3 3:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 8–4 Komei Okada TKO (punches) SuperBrawl 35 April 16, 2004 3 3:02 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 7–4 Tim Newland Submission (armbar) XFO 1: The Kickoff March 14, 2004 1 4:47 Fontana, Wisconsin, United States
Win 6–4 Mark Long Submission (armbar) Extreme Challenge 55 December 5, 2003 1 1:39 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 5–4 Jason Bender Decision (unanimous) IHC 6: Inferno November 22, 2003 2 5:00 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 4–4 Jay Estrada TKO Extreme Challenge 54 October 12, 2003 3 3:23 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 3–4 Tom Kirk Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 51 August 2, 2003 3 5:00 St. Charles, Illinois, United States
Win 2–4 Kendrick Johnson TKO (submission to punches) Shooto: Midwest Fighting May 21, 2003 1 2:10 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Win 1–4 Carlos Armanqui Concha Submission (armbar) ICC 2: Rebellion April 18, 2003 2 3:40 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Loss 0–4 Darrell Smith Decision Freestyle Combat Challenge 9 January 11, 2003 3 5:00 Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 0–3 Brian Szohr Decision TCC: Battle of the Badges April 13, 2002 1 15:00 Hammond, Indiana, United States
Loss 0–2 Jim Bruketta Decision River Plex Rumble March 9, 2002 3 5:00 Peoria, Illinois, United States
Loss 0–1 Cole Escovedo TKO (submission to punches) UA 1: The Genesis January 27, 2002 1 2:10 Hammond, Indiana, United States

Amateur mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
2 matches 2 wins 0 losses
By knockout 0 0
By submission 2 0
By decision 0 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2–0 Cleve Tuttle Submission (armbar) Nationals: MMA Nationals 2002 December 14, 2002 2 2:27 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 1–0 Gin Minajev Submission (triangle choke) Nationals: MMA Nationals 2002 December 14, 2002 2 4:16 Davenport, Iowa, United States
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