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.