Luis Palomino

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Luis Palomino
Born Luis Palomino
(1980-10-09) October 9, 1980 (age 37)
Lima, Peru
Other names Baboon
Residence Miami, Florida, United States
Nationality Peruvian
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)
Fighting out of Miami, Florida, United States
Team MMA Masters
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Professor in Capoeira under Mestre Cesar
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 39
Wins 26
By knockout 15
By submission 2
By decision 9
Losses 13
By knockout 5
By submission 3
By decision 5
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 and is currently signed to the World Series of Fighting and Absolute Championship Berkut. He previously fought in the featherweight division. He has been a professional MMA competitor since 2006.

In 2009, Palomino fought for Bellator Fighting Championships, where he competed in their Featherweight Tournament.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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 six 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.[1] Palomino lost the fight via submission (rear naked choke) in the fifth round.

Bellator Fighting Championships[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Despite his elimination from the featherweight tournament, Palomino stayed with the Bellator promotion and continued in the featherweight division.[4] His opponent at Bellator 6 was Nick Gonzalez and Palomino defeated him via TKO (punches) in the second minute of the first round.[5]

Palomino next faced Troy Gerhart at Bellator 12 in a 150 lb bout[6] and defeated him via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).[7]

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.

In his next Bellator appearance at Bellator 21, Palomino defeated Jose Figueroa via unanimous decision in a lightweight bout.[8]

Palomino then stayed with Bellator into the third season. His first fight of the season was against Yves Edwards at Bellator 24,[9] which he lost via unanimous decision.[10]

Championship Fighting Alliance[edit]

Palomino signed with local promotion Championship Fighting Alliance, Palomino quickly made his CFA debut 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 Bennet out.

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 rescheduling 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 and fast striking to pick Warfield thus winning 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 PRIDE veteran 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.

Palomino faced The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner Efrain Escudero at CFA 12 on October 12, 2013.[11] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.

World Series of Fighting[edit]

Palomino made his WSOF debut on January 18, 2014 in Hollywood, Florida against Jorge Patino, Palomino won via second-round knockout.

Palomino faced champion Justin Gaethje for the WSOF Lightweight Championship at WSOF 19 on March 28, 2015.[12] He lost the back-and-forth fight via TKO in the third round.

Palomino faced Gaethje in a rematch on September 18, 2015 at WSOF 23. It was again a back-and-forth battle that Palomino lost via TKO in the second round.

Palomino next entered WSOF's one night Lightweight tournament to determine the number one contender for the Lightweight Championship.[13] He faced Rich Patishnock in the quarter finals and won via knockout in the first round. He then faced Brian Foster in the semifinals and lost via TKO in the second round.[14]

Absolute Championship Berkut[edit]

Palomino faced Chechen fighter Musa Khamanaev on January 13, 2017 at ACB 51.[15] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

In the second fight he faced Marcos Vinicius Schmitz on May 20, 2017 at ACB 61. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Palomino faced Yusuf Raisov on August 19, 2017 at ACB 67. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[edit]

  • Promoted to black belt on April 25, 2012 by Daniel Valverde

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 26–14 Yusuf Raisov Decision (unanimous) ACB 67 August 19, 2017 3 5:00 Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
Win 26–13 Marcos Vinicius Schmitz Decision (unanimous) ACB 61 May 20, 2017 3 5:00 Saint Petersburg, Leningrad, Russia
Win 25–13 Musa Khamanaev TKO (punches) ACB 51 January 13, 2017 2 3:35 Irvine, California, United States
Loss 24–13 Sheymon Moraes Decision (unanimous) WSOF 31 June 17, 2016 3 5:00 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States Return to Featherweight
Loss 24–12 Brian Foster TKO (punches) WSOF 25 November 20, 2015 2 4:19 Phoenix, Arizona, United States WSOF Lightweight Tournament Semifinal
Win 24–11 Rich Patishnock KO (punch) WSOF 25 November 20, 2015 1 4:55 Phoenix, Arizona, United States WSOF Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Loss 23–11 Justin Gaethje KO (punches) WSOF 23 September 18, 2015 2 4:30 Phoenix, Arizona, United States For WSOF Lightweight Championship
Loss 23–10 Justin Gaethje TKO (leg kicks and punches) WSOF 19 March 28, 2015 3 3:57 Phoenix, Arizona, United States For WSOF Lightweight Championship
Win 23–9 Lewis Gonzalez KO (head kick) WSOF 12 August 9, 2014 1 4:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 22–9 Jorge Patino KO (punches) WSOF 8 January 18, 2014 2 4:20 Hollywood, Florida, United States
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 and 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

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Bellator Fighting Championships Week 1 weigh-in results". April 3, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Masvidal cruises, Alvarez survives scare at Bellator's debut event". April 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Two fighters miss weight at Bellator's Week 6 weigh-ins in Texas". May 8, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Featherweight tourney finals decided at Bellator Week 6 event in Texas". May 9, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Bellator's four championship finalists make weight for season-ending Week 12 event". June 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Tourney favorites Eddie Alvarez and Hector Lombard learn title fate at Bellator Week 12". June 20, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Bellator 21 recap: Curran edges Imada in surprising split; Fujii stays unbeaten". June 10, 2010. Archived from the original on June 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Eddie Sanchez and Neil Grove meet in Bellator 24 heavyweight-tourney opener". Retrieved July 19, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Bellator 24 recap: Aguilar, Fujii, Grove advance; Lombard wins quick". August 12, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Lightweight Veterans Efrain Escudero, Luis Palomino to Collide at CFA 12 in Florida". 2013-10-03. 
  12. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (2015-02-06). "'WSOF 19: Gaethje vs. Palomino' set for March 28 at Phoenix's Comerica Theatre". Retrieved 2015-02-12. 
  13. ^ "World Series of Fighting to unleash one-night, 8-man tournament in November". 2015-10-07. 
  14. ^ "WSOF 25 results: Brian Foster caps unlikely comeback, KOs Joao Zeferino to win tourney". MMA Junkie. November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
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  16. ^ "MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for March: A true WSOF slugfest - MMAjunkie". MMAjunkie. 
  17. ^ "MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for September: A rematch brings two fighters another win - MMAjunkie". MMAjunkie. 
  18. ^ "Best of 2015: MMA half-year awards". Yahoo Sports. 29 June 2015. 

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