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Bart Palaszewski transferring teams; fighting Deividas Taurosevicius on April 4

It looks like one of the IFL’s best lightweights, Bart Palaszewski, will be switching teams from Team Miletich to the IFL’s Chicago-based team according to The Fight Network:

According to Palaszewski, the team will be affiliated with former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski’s team and trainers and will include former Chicago Red Bear Mark Miller (8-2) and IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko (20-3). Matyushenko transferred from the now-defunct Tokyo Sabres team.

“[Miletich] wanted someone to live out there, who was committed to his gym, and I couldn’t do it,” said Palaszewski. “With my baby and all my family here, I couldn’t make the move.”

Palaszewski also apparently revealed who he’ll be fighting next:

Palaszewski (28-10) expects a title shot if he can get past his next fight, which he said will be on Friday, April 4. It will be a rematch of his controversial submission loss to Deividas Taurosevicius (9-2) at the 2007 IFL World Championship last September in Hollywood, Fla.

That’s a good rematch for the lightweight division. Palaszewski was on the losing end of a fight with Taurosevicius the first time around. It wasn’t without controversy, however, because Bart claims that he never tapped. Watching the replay of the fight, it’s fairly obvious that Palaszewski didn’t tap and ended up getting screwed. If he beats Taurosevicius it could set up a rematch with Ryan Schultz if he still has the title. Palaszewski’s beaten him once before but another fight between the two would be fantastic, especially with a title on the line.

6 COMMENTS
  • Kieran says:

    “According to Palaszewski, the team will be affiliated with former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski’s team and trainers”

    hmm.. I kinda read that as Arlovski having an IFL team. I know this not to be the case of course, but i could see it as being confusing to some.

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  • Ben Fowlkes says:

    That situation with Bart’s loss to Deividas was tough to call. In retrospect, maybe he didn’t tap, but he also didn’t look close to getting out before Deividas let him go. It’s kind of like the Filho-Sonnen bout in that way.

    Talking to Deividas afterwards, he told me he heard some popping in Bart’s arm, for what that’s worth. Should be interesting to see the rematch.

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  • Accomando says:

    Bart has been exclusively training in IL for a while now, not surprised by this at all.

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  • Rashad #1 says:

    #1 I agree for a second there i was like WTF?

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  • [...] Palaszewski is ‘trading teams’, something I couldn’t give less of a shit about. But when you read the following, tell me if you notice anything else in there: According to Palaszewski, the team will be [...]

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  • cuje says:

    If Bart Palaszewski didn’t tap out in his last fight with Deividas Taurosevicius, then why was he bent over in pain holding his elbow when the fight was over?

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