Palaszewski at WEC 53 Weigh-Ins, December 2010.
May 30, 1983 |
Warsaw, People's Republic of Poland, (today Poland)
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Wonder Lake, Illinois, United States|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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.
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 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 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 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.
Palaszewski is divorced with two daughters. Palaszewski is currently engaged to Sara Fitzgibbons. 
Championships and achievements
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- World Extreme Cagefighting
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|53 matches||36 wins||17 losses|
|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||Chicago, 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||Chicago, 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||Submission (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||Submission (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|
|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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