Sasha Palatnikov and Louis Cosce kicked off the preliminary card at UFC 255. The bout between the two men took place at welterweight. Both men are currently unranked in the division, and the fight was an excellent opportunity to establish themselves at 170 pounds.
Palatnikov could not have asked for a better debut in the promotion. He was able to stop ‘The Monster’ in the third round of their fight via TKO. It was not all smooth sailing for the debutant as he had to overcome some adversity early on to secure a stoppage in the final round
Sasha Palatnikov reveals shocking information after his debut win
Speaking to the media after his win Sasha said, “To be honest with you I think I’m one of the most technical fighters in the UFC. Especially in my division. I just fought this fight on two weeks’ notice, coming off COVID. You know I was in a two-week quarantine without training, then I got the phone call and said let’s do it. I know with a full camp I can really challenge the top. And people love technique. I’ve been a martial artist my whole life and there’s no better place than the UFC to prove that.”
"Feeling amazing, man. It's hard to describe my emotions right now."@PalatnikovMMA is excited to build off his debut win and believes he is only scratching the surface of his potential. #UFC255 pic.twitter.com/xT2aETS8l8
— UFC News (@UFCNews) November 22, 2020
Speaking at the post-fight press conference, he said, “I want to give a shout out to Lorenzo at prime time performance. He took me up to Potosi mountains six thousand feet and had me running in the snow. Cleared those lungs out.”
The finishing sequence shows Cosce backed up against the fence as Palatnikov loads up on his punches. A powerful right-hand drops him to the floor, and the referee steps in as he absorbs multiple unanswered shots.
In the fight, Palatnikov landed 160 total strikes with 58% accuracy. He also landed 125% significant strikes with 53% accuracy. Palatnikov was clipped and dropped in the fight. However, he rallied on and secured his first win in the promotion.
Sasha Palatnikov could not have asked for a better UFC debut. The fact that he took it once two weeks’ notice while healing up from the virus made the performance even more impressive.
We cannot wait to see more of him inside the octagon with a full training camp. What did you make of Sasha Palatnikov’s debut win in the UFC? Let us know in the comments below.
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