MMA Analysis: Bart Palaszewski vs. Tyson Griffin at UFC 137


Over the past week, the UFC has been spouting off fight announcements left and right via Twitter. From replacing and rescheduling fights at UFC 133 to putting together exciting cards at UFC 136 and 137, the updates have been flying at us like winged monkeys in pursuit of Dorothy and her crew. The latest addition to an already stacked UFC 137 card in Las Vegas comes in the form of the UFC debut and Featherweight debut of Bart Palaszewski (35-14) as he takes on Tyson Griffin (15-5).

Originally, Palaszewski was set to make his debut at UFC 130 against Gleison Tibau, but he had to postpone due to an injury sustained in training. Griffin made his Featherweight debut last month, at UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry, when he defeated Manny Gamburyan via Majority Decision. Palaszewski is 4-1 in his last five fights, while Griffin is 2-3 in his last five. Griffin is one of few fighters to suffer three consecutive losses and still be employed by the UFC. However, a loss to Palaszewski could definitely put his career in jeopardy.

With Palaszewski being a predominant boxer and Griffin being a wrestler, this will be a classic battle of styles to see who reigns supreme. While Palaszewski has more knockout and submission victories than Griffin does total fights, Griffin has only been finished one time in his entire career. Coincidentally, the majority of Griffin’s wins and the majority of Palaszewski’s losses have come via decision. It’ll be interesting to see if Griffin will be able to muscle Palaszewski around the cage or if he will fall victim to his heavy hands.

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