Kamal Shalorus snapped Bart Palaszewski’s four-fight win streak with a split decision victory at WEC 53 in an uninspiring lightweight match up.
Shalorus controlled the first round, securing an early takedown via throw and pounded the grounded Palaszewski to the body and head for the better part of three minutes.
Palaszewski began to find his range in the second round, but Shalorus’ wrestling and takedowns proved too much and the Polish-American found himself on his back again. Palaszewski came on late but didn’t mount enough offense to take the round.
Shalorus came out in the final round aggressive and landed early with winging punches but slowed from fatigue. Palaszewski began to stuff takedowns and press forward. Shalorus got the fight to the ground, but “Bartimus” worked his way back to his feet and finished the round strong, landing knees and punches.
It’s hard to say what verdict the judges are going to render, but they got it right scoring Shalorus the split decision winner. The official scorecards read 30-27, 28-29 and 29-28 for the “Prince of Persia.”
Shalorus admitted to gassing in his post-fight interview.
“Bart is a tough fighter,” said Shalorus following the fight. “The second round I started to gas out, but I’m coming back stronger.”
“I‘ll show you an exciting fight next time,” Shalorus promised the crowd.