Sasha Palatnikov vs Louis Cosce was the first fight on the early prelim card at UFC 255. The bout took place at 170 pounds. Both men are currently unranked in the division, and the fight was a splendid opportunity for them to put themselves on course to secure a rank sooner rather than later.
This was ‘The Monster’s’ second fight in the promotion as he welcomed a newcomer in Sasha Palatnikov. Cosce was undefeated going into the fight and had a stunning 71% finishing rate. Palatnikov was fighting with the UAE warriors’ promotion before the UFC signed him.
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Sasha Palatnikov emphatic after years of hard work pays off
After securing a TKO victory on his UFC debut, Palatnikov was seen yelling at Joe Rogan. In the post-fight press conference when asked about what he was saying, he replied, “He’s my hero. I mean, I’ve been watching Joe since Fear Factor since I was a teenager. So just the opportunity to see him watching one of my fights, commentating on one of my fights and then being able to get interviewed by him was pretty surreal.”
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Palatnikov continued, “Let alone ‘DC’. I love ‘DC’. He is one of my favorite fighters, John Anik, and just this whole environment. Seeing all you guys in front of me is a blessing. Cause I’m usually the one on the computer watching you guys interview other fighters…. I’ve been working on this for a very long time, ups and downs. You just gotta keep working, keep following your dreams, and it’s all gonna come together eventually.”
Palatnikov revealed that he took the fight on two weeks’ notice. Furthermore, to top it off, he took the fight right after he healed from COVID-19.
He overcame adversity early on to secure a third-round stoppage over a dangerous opponent. Palatnikov could not have asked for a better start to his UFC career. It will be interesting to see what he looks like with a full training camp behind him.
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