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Cody McKenzie draws Bart Palaszewski at UFC 130

Affable Ultimate Fighter 12 alumnus Cody McKenzie has been given another opportunity to either latch on his patented Guillotine Choke, or possibly prove he’s more than a one-trick pony, while facing a vastly more seasoned adversary in the Octagon.

Fresh off a January loss to Yves Edwards, the first of his career, McKenzie will take on Bart Palaszewski on May 28 at UFC 130 as part of the preliminary portion of a card already headlined by a rubber match between lightweight champ Frank Edgar and unbeaten Gray Maynard.

News of the match-up came by way of an official statement on the UFC’s website.

The 12-1 McKenzie will seemingly enter the Memorial Day Weekend bout with a distinct disadvantage in terms of experience and technique, as Palaszewski has stepped into the ring thirty-six more times than the Alaskan while also only having been tapped twice in a fifty fight career. However, given McKenzie’s heart and uncanny ability to choke opponents into submission it’s impossible to count the “AK Kid” out given the fact he’s finished twelve-of-twelve opponents he’s beaten including eleven in the opening frame.

Palaszewski will also be looking to bounce back from defeat when he and McKenzie meet as “Bartimus” was barely outpointed by Kamal Shalorus at WEC 53 last December and hasn’t fought since. The 27-year old, who celebrates his birthday two days after UFC 130, is 35-14 in his career with sixteen TKOs and eleven submissions where victories are concerned. He holds past wins over Kyle Watson, Alex Karalexis, Ivan Menjvar, and Anthony Pettis.

Other fights expected for the May event include Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Matt Hamill, Brian Stann vs. Jorge Santiago, and Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson, as well as a preliminary pairing of Rick Story and Thiago Alves in addition to appearances from Miguel Torres, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, Kendall Grove, and Demetrious Johnson.


  • bigbadjohn says:

    first round guillotine Lol

  • Angry Mike says:

    The loser gets cut, I suspect. Too bad; I like both these guys.

  • MCM says:

    I could be wrong but I don’t think either one of these guys is on the chopping block. Bartimus is destined to be a fan favorite (like Guida) and Cody just did the UFC a favor by taking the last fight. I think each will be given the proverbial 3 strikes rule.
    I just hope these two go to a three round war, since I enjoy watching both of the fight.

  • I cant see either of these two on the chopping block as the Shalorous fight from bartemis was a split decision and Cody lost to an always game Yves Edwards.

    But on the topic of this fight I think either the UFC wants to hurry up and force Cody out OR they have alot of faith in him. He’s gotten nothin easily handed to him since makin his official debut as Yves and Bart are both tough well rounded and dangerous vets.

    Bart by 2nd round tko

  • Angry Mike says:

    I hope I’m wrong, but if Cody loses I think he’s gone. His striking is weak, and another loss would underscore it.


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