Bart Palaszewski – drawn by Justin McAllister
Bart Palaszewski versus Diego Nunes was the first fight announced for UFC on FX 5 when it was scheduled to happen in September and in Indianapolis. The entire card got moved, but that was a good thing for Palaszewski as he was able to fine tune his training camp a bit more. He also decided to change his training up by heading out to New Mexico to train under Greg Jackson for the fight. MMARecap caught up with him to discuss his upcoming fight on Friday, October 5th.
How’s things going tonight?
Going great, man. Great.
You are down in New Mexico putting the finishing touches on your training camp for Diego Nunes. What made you head on out to Jacksons for a bit?
You know, I fought at the same gym for almost 13 years. Just wanted to see the world, I guess, of MMA a little bit. I’m just experiencing different things, different training partners. And obviously Greg Jackson’s the mecca MMA, so I figured if I go anywhere, I might as well go to the best place in the MMA community.
Have you been there for your full camp?
I was here for the entire camp. You know, I started my camp, and then my fight got bumped a little bit, but I’ve been out here for the last 7 weeks. So, pretty much most of my entire camp. I spent here about 2 weeks, I went home for a couple weeks, and I came back. Haven’t been here for the 7 weeks. So it’s been a pretty long camp since the fight got bumped, now. But I feel good, man. I’m happy it got bumped ’cause the first few weeks the altitude was kicking my ass to the point where training wasn’t really quality training.
So who’s going to end up being in your corner come October 5th?
I got one of my close buddies. You know, my buddy Brett was pretty much the striking coach, the red headed guy. He’s been usually in my corner, and he was going to be in my corner, but he booked a vacation on the same week that my fight is because the fight’s supposed to be in September, not October. So he figured, “after that fight I’ll go on vacation,” and then of course it happened that they rescheduled the fight to the week that he’s gone. So one of my close friends, they’re just gonna corner me with Brent and Gibson and Greg Jackson.
With the reshuffling of fights from the UFC 151 fall out, did that affect the position of your fight on the card?
I don’t believe so. I really don’t know… I really don’t care. You know, coming off a loss I’m gonna wanna keep my fight I guess on a lower profile. I think it’s gonna be a great fight. We’re two strikers that can, you know, get after it. I think that I’m a little bit more organized to come forward, a little more than Diego does, but I think our styles cross pretty well for an exciting fight. So it’s gonna be a good fight, it’s gonna be worth the money that people pay. We’re both coming off a loss, so I wasn’t expecting to get on any card or anything like that. So, I am where I’m at. I’m still in the UFC, so it doesn’t matter. I’m gonna get after it.
Now Nunes is a fighter who likes to stand and trade, how much does that play a factor into what you want to do?
Oh it doesn’t play any! (Laughs) I mean it plays a big factor. I’m a striker; I like to try to keep the fight standing up. So it’s one less thing I gotta worry about is the take-downs. Obviously at camp we’ve been concentrating on striking a lot, and taking Diego apart and coming up with a good strategy and a good game plan for the fight, and, you know, conditioning. I think that’s gonna be a big part of the fight is the gas tank — who has the bigger gas tank. I always come prepared, and this time I feel I’m as prepared as I usually am but at 6,000 ft in the altitude. So, I guess it should be that much better.
Nunes is a tough guy to beat, and he hasn’t been finished yet. You gave a bold prediction in that you were going to knock out Tyson Griffin, care to make the same statement?
I don’t know about a statement, but I definitely believe that I can. He’s a squirmy little guy, he does his bicycle, so it’s gonna be hard to hit him, but I think once I connect he’s not gonna enjoy it.
There’s been a lot of discussion with regards to the featherweight title and who is challenging for it. What was your thoughts when Frankie Edgar was offered the fight being that he is coming off of back-to-back losses in the lightweight division?
Well, you know, I don’t know how many people they called before Frankie answered, you know? They might have called a few people and they could have turned it down, so you never know. But you know Frankie is definitely an established fighter; he was a champ, a very great champ at 155, so I don’t see any reason why he doesn’t deserve a shot at ’45. I mean, everybody was behind Chael Sonnen to get a shot at 205 when he was coming off a loss at title fight 85, so he deserves a chance. So, yeah, I think Frankie is well-deserved. There’s many guys at ’45 that are deserving a title shot right now, but like I said you don’t know how many people turned it down before Frankie accepted it.
Where can the fans find you at?
@bartimus7 on Twitter, that’s were you find me. Hit me up… just don’t be a dick. Also on Facebook. I’ve been kinda MIA from training, busting ass, eating and sleeping
Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
VFD Sports, everybody that helps me out. All my homies, Brad and Barry. Obviously Team Jackson and all the coaches… put in work with me… I feel great, mentally, physically. Just ready to get after it, man.