Despite just creeping up on 30-years-old, Bart Palaszewski has logged over 50 professional fights inside the cage.
Palaszewski (36-17), a guest on Wednesday’s BJ Penn Radio show, covered many topics, including his most recent fight, a loss by submission to Cole Miller on The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.
“I’m alright. It sucks. I think I came out of the fight with a lesson,” Palaszewski said. “I’m glad I’m not being ignorant about that. I can’t let it hold me back.”
Cole earned a submission by rear naked choke as the finish came at 4:23 of the first round.
Miller easily and surprisingly overwhelmed the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Palaszewski on the ground. He quickly took
Palaszewski’s back as he tried to escape, and sunk his choking arm under his neck. Palaszewski tried to peel the arm off but was unsuccessful, as Miller dragged him backwards and closed the deal.
“It was one of those stupid mistakes,” Palaszewski said. “I got comfortable. It sucks. . I thought I was going to be able to scramble up fast enough but he slowed me down. When he got the choke, I peeled the first one then he switched it and it felt like it was crushing my windpipe. That just straight up hurt.”
Before the finish, Palaszewski felt things were going his way in the fight.
“Everything had gone according to plan. I didn’t think that he was going to shoot. That really took me off guard,” Palaszewski said.
“We threw down for a few minutes and got into that mode. In my head, I thought everything was going good and I was kicking his ass. I made a mistake and he capitalized. He’s been killing it f or awhile in the UFC. Hats off to Cole.”
Palaszewski knew Miller had a vaunted ground game.
“I prepared for a ground game, but obviously not good enough. The last couple of fights he banged it out with guys,” he said. “I’ve seen him jump guard. He’s pulled off some good submissions in the past and I knew he was well-rounded. He likes to stand and bang and that threw me off. When he shot, it threw me off guard.”
Palaszewski has lost four of his last five. With his second baby in June, he is looking forward to circling the wagons.
“I banged up my s**t pretty bad,” he said. “My leg’s pretty banged up right now. I actually have a small tear in my hand so I can’t be punching, making a fist or moving my hand for awhile. I have to take four-to-six weeks off from squeezing and hitting. “
Palaszewski made UFC debut against Tyson Griffin and won via KO in the first round. He then dropped three in a row. As far as his future in the organization? It’s still yet to be determined.
“I have no idea. I’m praying and hoping for the best,” he said. “I hope the UFC keeps me. If not, I don’t know. Maybe a couple of fights and finish some dude and get back in the UFC. That’s all you can do. You can only do so much. I will go with the flow and hope that it works out.”
If he remains in the UFC, Palaszewski will go into the next fight knowing it’s a must-win.
“The beauty with my next fight is that I literally have nothing to lose,” he said. “I’ve had awesome training, everything on point, just mistakes were made. I’ll put it behind me and kick it hard during camp once camp is set and when I go out, I’m going to go guns blazing.”
Listen to the full interview below: