Donald Cerrone and Bart Palaszewski picked up wins in their UFC 137 prelim fights on Spike TV. Both wanted to get to trick or treating quickly on Halloween weekend, finishing each of their fights in the first round.
Both fighters put on spectacular performances and wooed the crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Cerrone vs. Siver
Cerrone came out intense against Dennis Siver. The two traded strike, mixing it up with both punches and leg kicks. Siver ate a head kick in the opening minute of the fight and wobbled until Cerrone ran in to follow up. Fortunately for him, Siver held onto a single leg and pressed “Cowboy” against the fence until he recovered.
Later, Cerrone landed an inside leg kick, the followed up with a quick right hand that rocked Siver again. Falling back, Siver tried to regain his footing, but Cerrone quickly followed him to the mat and secured the back. From there, the rear naked choke was put on and Siver had no choice but to submit.
The finish came at 2:22 of the opening frame.
With the sixth straight win, Cerrone brushed off talk of knocking on the door for a title shot, saying that he’s just doing his job.
“I’m just here to keep fighting,” he told Joe Rogan after the win. “I want to get another fight in December, so if I can do that, that’d be great!”
With the win, Cerrone hasn’t lost since September of last year and remains undefeated in the UFC. Siver drops his first fight since losing a decision to Ross Pearson in March of 2010.
Griffin vs. Palaszewski
Griffin made his return to feather weight and tested Palaszweski on the feet, dealing with strong leg kicks early. Griffin had a just a few good shots before Palaszweski landed a flurry that clearly rocked his opponent. With his back against the cage, Griffin dealt with a barrage of punches.
Two more punches dropped the Xtreme Couture fighter, forcing referee Steve Mazzagatti to stop the bout. Palaszewski collected the knockout win at 2:25 of the opening round.
“Bartimus” timed his strikes just right and made his dreams become reality in his UFC debut.
“This is a dream come true, guys,” Palaszewski told Joe Rogan in his post-fight interview.
“I picked those spots, man. I think I broke both my hands.”
Palaszewski bounces back on the winning track after dropping his last fight to Kamal Shalorus at WEC 53 in December of 2010. Griffin, however, has lost four of his last five and first since returning to the 145-pound division.