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.
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