Local Product Bart Palaszewski is walking away from fighting. The 30-year-old is best known for his time in the XFO, IFL, UFC, and WEC over a career that spanned 12 years. He posted the following on Twitter confirming it is time to try other things:
It's about that time! Want to thank @VFDMarketing @ufc @teamcurranmma @SuckerPunchEnt all my fans but I'm officially hanging it up!
“Bartimus” had lost his last three fights and hadn’t been inside the octagon since April of 2013 when the UFC cut him. But the Wonder Lake product does have one legitimate claim to fame on his record he can brag about for years. He and Clay Guida are the only two men on the planet to have beaten reigning UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. Palaszewski accomplished the feat by split decision back at WEC 45 in 2009 in Las Vegas.
The native of Warsaw, Poland will carry a professional mark of 36-17 into retirement. Over all 53 matches he was only knocked out once and finished his opponents an impressive 28 times. Besides Pettis, Palaszewski also holds wins over top guys like Ivan Menjivar and Tyson Griffin. He fought at featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight during his run and once won Fight of the Night honors with Diego Nunes at UFC on FX Browne vs. Bigfoot. No word on what his next move is, but a career in coaching makes a lot of logical sense.
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