UFC 137 Results Recap: Bart Palaszewski vs. Tyson Griffin

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Bart Palaszewski made his long-awaited UFC and featherweight (sort of) debuts very memorable as he knocked out top-10 featherweight Tyson Griffin in the first round. Griffin had missed weight by three pounds, so the bout was technically at a catchweight. Griffin looked comfortable early, responding to Bart's jabs with short punches and leg kicks. The end was soon to come, however.

Palaszewski caught Griffin with a solid shot that dropped him to the mat, but he popped right back up. He clearly wasn't all there though, and Palaszewski teed off on Griffin against the cage until Griffin ate one too many and fell in defeat. The knockout came at the 2:45 mark of the first round, and earned Bartimus a $75,000 bonus for knockout of the night. The featherweight bout was the first fight on the UFC 137 televised portion of the card, and was shown live on Spike TV.

What was the high spot of this fight?

The finishing sequence.  Bartimus threw some 15-20 punches against the cage, about half of which connected, before the final three crumpled Griffin to the mat like a sack of overweight potatos.

Where do these guys go from here?

Palaszewski will rocket into the featherweight rankings with that win, even if the bout technically didn't take place in the featherweight division. It was Bart's most impressive win since his early IFL days, and he's off to a great start at 145. While I personally don't think he can maintain it, he'll definitely get another high-profile fight and is potentially just a couple of wins away from a title shot in a shallow division. A bout with Erik Koch would definitelybe  something I'd want to watch. He could also face the winner of the Pablo Garza vs. Dustin Poirier bout scheduled for UFC on Fox 1 in two weeks.

Griffin came out of this whole deal looking absolutely terrible. Missing weight, losing 25% of his purse, and getting brutally knocked out for the second time in his career is not good. His stock will go down, but due to the lack of depth he'll probably still get a fairly tough fight next. Tyson Griffin vs. Darren Elkins sounds like logical booking to me.

Watch it now, later, or never?

Now. You can definitely spare three minutes of your life to watch an absolutely brutal knockout, right? Yes you can. Stop reading this and go watch it.

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UFC 137 Results: Post-Fight Press Conference Video - Matthew Roth

UFC 137 Results: Fights To Make After The Card, Where Do We Go From Here? - Matthew Roth

UFC 137 Results: Biggest Winners, Losers, and Other Thoughts - Matthew Roth

UFC 137 Results: Dana White Announces Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz - Matthew Roth

UFC 137 Results: BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz Fight Video Highlights - Anton Tabuena

UFC 137 Results: Nick Diaz vs. B.J. Penn Post-Fight Recap and Analysis - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 137 Results: Mirko Cro Cop Announces Retirement After Loss - Fraser Coffeen

UFC 137 Results: Nick Diaz Starches BJ Penn To A Decision In A FOTY Candidate - Matthew Roth

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UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Pay-Per-View Fights - Brent Brookhouse

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UFC 137 Results: Roy Nelson Stops Mirko Cro Cop In The Third Round - Matthew Roth

UFC 137 Results: Scott Jorgensen Wins Unanimous Decision Over Jeff Curran - Matthew Roth

UFC 137 Results: Hatsu Hioki Wins Split Decision Over George Roop - Matthew Roth

UFC 137 Results: Donald Cerrone Forces Dennis Siver To Submit - Matthew Roth

UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Spike TV Prelims - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 137 Results: Bart Palaszewski Knocks Out Tyson Griffin In UFC Debut - Matthew Roth

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