October 9, 1980
|Residence||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black belt in Capoeira|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Luis Palomino (born October 9, 1980) is a Peruvian American mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight division, having formerly fought in the featherweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2006, Palomino has most notably fought in Bellator Fighting Championships where he competed in the Bellator Season One: Featherweight Tournament. Palomino is the first man to have ever knocked out Gesias Cavalcante.
Mixed martial arts record
Palomino began his career with 3–0 record, in the Absolute Fighting Championship promotion, one of which being a victory over future The Ultimate Fighter 7 competitor Jeremy May via unanimous decision.
Palomino's next 6 fights ended via KO/TKO, whether he won or lost. During this stretch, Palomino had a record of 4–2.
In his final fight prior to joining Bellator, Palomino fought John Mahlow for the XFC lightweight championship, in a bout that was featured on the Inside MMA show. Palomino lost the fight via submission (rear naked choke) in the fifth round.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Palomino then joined Bellator to take part in their Bellator Season One: Featherweight Tournament. His opening round fight was against Estevan Payan at Bellator 1. Palomino was knocked down by Payan and almost submitted with a rear naked choke in the first round, but time expired before Payan could finish the fight. The next two rounds were regarded as difficult to score and this led to the verdict of a split decision (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) which didn't go Palomino's way.
Despite his elimination from the featherweight tournament, Palomino stayed with the Bellator promotion and continued in the featherweight division. His opponent at Bellator 6 was Nick Gonzalez and Palomino defeated him via TKO (punches) in the second minute of the first round.
After the first season of Bellator ended, Palomino took a few fights outside of the promotion. Palomino lost his first fight to eventual The Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins via submission (rear naked choke) in the second round. Palomino followed the loss up with two victories including wins over Rafael Dias by TKO and Jorge Masvidal via split decision.
Championship Fighting Alliance
Palomino signed with local Miami promotion Championship Fighting Alliance in April 2011. Palomino quickly made his CFA debut a month later on May 6, 2012 in Miami, Florida against Peter Grimes for the inaugural CFA Featherweight championship at CFA's inaugural event CFA: The Title. Palomino defeated Grimes by submission due to an armbar at 4:59 of round 4.
Palomino returned at CFA 04: Izquierdo vs. Cenoble on December 17, 2011 in Coral Gables, Florida against well known journeyman Charles Bennett. Palomino was able to use his speed advantage to counter punch the aggressive Bennett and ultimately knocked Bennett out at 3:59 of the first round. Palomino became only the second man to knock out Bennett.
Palomino was scheduled to fight former Maximum Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion Antonio McKee at CFA 06 on April 13, 2012 in Coral Gables, Florida . McKee was forced off the card due to an injury and was replaced by James Warfield, the fight was originally scheduled for the CFA Lightweight Championship but Warfield did not make the required weight of 155 pounds thus re-scheduling the fight to a non-title bout. Warfield knocked Palomino down in the first round but Palomino was able to recover and control the rest of his fight by using his unorthodox kicks and fast punches to keep Warfield at bay, defeating Warfield by unanimous decision.
Palomino next faced 2x Hero's Grand Prix winner and Strikeforce veteran Gesias Cavalcante at CFA 07: Never Give Up on June 30, 2012 in Coral Gables, Florida. Palomino became the first man to ever finish Cavalcante and he did so via third round knockout due to punches.
Palomino returned to action at CFA 09 on January 19, 2013 when he faced Luiz Firmino for the CFA Lightweight Championship, Palomino lost a unanimous decision after being constantly outgrappled and taken down throughout the fight.
Palomino bounced back from his previous defeat on May 24, 2013 at CFA 11 by knocking out Robert Washington in the first round.
Championships and accomplishments
- Championship Fighting Alliance
- Promoted to black belt on April 25, 2012 by Daniel Valverde
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||21 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||21–9||Efrain Escudero||Decision (unanimous)||CFA 12: Sampo vs. Thao||October 12, 2013||3||5:00||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Win||21–8||Robert Washington||KO (punch)||CFA 11: Kyle vs. Wiuff 2||May 24, 2013||1||3:23||Coral Gables, Florida, United States||CFA Lightweight Title Eliminator|
|Loss||20–8||Luiz Firmino||Decision (unanimous)||CFA 09: Night of Champions||January 19, 2013||5||5:00||Coral Gables, Florida, United States||For the CFA Lightweight Championship|
|Win||20–7||Gesias Cavalcante||KO (punches)||CFA 07: Never Give Up||June 30, 2012||3||1:41||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Win||19–7||James Warfield||Decision (unanimous)||CFA 06: Palomino vs. Warfield||April 13, 2012||3||5:00||Coral Gables, Florida, United States||Catchweight at 158 lb, originally for the CFA Lightweight Championship; Warfield weighed in at 158 lb, 3 pounds over the 155 lb limit|
|Win||18–7||Charles Bennett||KO (punch)||CFA 04: Izquierdo vs. Cenoble||December 17, 2011||1||3:59||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Win||17–7||James Edson Berto||Decision (unanimous)||W-1 MMA: Reloaded||October 15, 2011||3||5:00||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Loss||16–7||Pat Curran||Submission (Peruvian necktie)||Bellator 46||June 25, 2011||1||3:49||Miami, Florida, United States||Bellator Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinals|
|Win||16–6||Peter Grimes||Submission (armbar)||Championship Fighting Alliance: The Title||May 6, 2011||4||4:59||Miami, Florida, United States||Won the inaugural CFA Featherweight Championship|
|Win||15–6||Daron Cruickshank||KO (head kick & punches)||G-Force Fights: Bad Blood 5||February 26, 2011||1||3:52||Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States|
|Win||14–6||Jarrod Card||Decision (unanimous)||XFC 13: Unstoppable||December 3, 2010||5||5:00||Tampa, Florida, United States||Won XFC Featherweight Title|
|Loss||13–6||Yves Edwards||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 24||August 12, 2010||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||13–5||Jose Figueroa||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 21||June 10, 2010||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||12–5||Jorge Masvidal||Decision (split)||G-Force Fights: Bad Blood 3||February 4, 2010||3||5:00||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||11–5||Rafael Dias||TKO (punches)||Unconquered 1: November Reign||November 20, 2009||3||4:47||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Loss||10–5||Jonathan Brookins||Submission (rear-naked choke)||G-Force Fights: Bad Blood 2||September 26, 2009||2||1:44||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Win||10–4||Troy Gerhart||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 12||June 19, 2009||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||9–4||Nick Gonzalez||TKO (punches)||Bellator 6||May 8, 2009||1||2:13||Robstown, Texas, United States|
|Loss||8–4||Estevan Payan||Decision (split)||Bellator 1||April 3, 2009||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Bellator Featherweight Tournament Opening Round|
|Loss||8–3||John Mahlow||Submission (rear-naked choke)||XFC 6: Clash of the Continents||December 5, 2008||5||1:57||Tampa, Florida, United States||For the XFC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||8–2||Marc Stevens||Decision (unanimous)||United States Fight League: War in the Woods 5||November 29, 2008||3||5:00||Ledyard, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||7–2||Eric Reynolds||KO (punch)||G-Force Fights: Bad Blood 1||November 6, 2008||1||0:38||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||6–2||Andrew Carron||TKO (punches)||United States Fight League: War in the Woods 4||September 13, 2008||1||0:57||Ledyard, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||5–2||Mike Bernhard||TKO (punches)||Premier X-treme Fighting||December 8, 2007||2||4:01||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||5–1||Patrick Mikesz||KO (punches)||RIC: Cage Fighting Championships||October 6, 2007||1||1:10||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||4–1||Steve Conley||TKO (punches)||PFL: Genesis||March 31, 2007||1||2:33||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Travis Cox||TKO (punches)||World Extreme Fighting||November 18, 2006||1||1:08||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||3–0||Jeremy May||Decision (unanimous)||Absolute Fighting Championships 19||October 21, 2006||2||5:00||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Win||2–0||Mike Soltz||TKO (punches)||Absolute Fighting Championships 18||August 26, 2006||1||0:25||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Win||1–0||Louis Pilato||Submission (punches)||Absolute Fighting Championships 17||June 24, 2006||1||1:23||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
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