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Palaszewski expects touted wrestler Kamal
Shalorus to disregard his roots and slug it out with him
Thursday in their lightweight bout at WEC
“From what I’ve seen, he gets out there and swings and doesn’t
utilize his wrestling at all,” Palaszewski said Monday during a
Dog Show” interview on the Sherdog Radio Network. “As long as
we keep on our feet, I think I’ll be good.”
Despite his international-level resume in wrestling, Shalorus has
shown a penchant for fighting on the feet. The strategy hasn’t
given him a loss yet: He’s 2-0-1 in the WEC with a draw against
Varner. Accordingly, Palaszewski thinks Shalorus will stick
with his usual game plan.
“He’s going to be coming forward, I think,” Palaszewski said.
“Supposedly he’s been working his boxing, but you know, with wide
punches and just going crazy and trying to hit me with something.
I’ve seen it. He’s not going to show me anything I haven’t seen
before. That’s the thing. I’m a much more technical and much more
seasoned fighter and a standup fighter. We’re definitely going to
clash and, I’m sure, hit each other. He’s going to be pushing
forward, and I’m going to be moving around and peppering him with
Palaszewski has roughly five times the experience of Shalorus in
MMA. He’s also won three straight in the WEC. Another win would
likely guarantee the UFC picks him up when it merges with the WEC
after Thursday’s event.
“If I lose, but I put on a good show and they think I’m worthy and
they take me, that’d be great,” Palaszewski said. “But … I’m not
going to put on the extra pressure and maybe choke in the cage
because I was putting the pressure on. I’m just going to get out
there and have fun.”
Palaszewski would consider a toe-to-toe war with Shalorus fun, but
he’s also prepared for takedowns.
“I want to stand and bang, but if it hits the ground, I’m not going
to be shy and just hold on to him,” Palaszewski said. “I’m going to
shoot for a submission.”
Of course Palaszewski will be trying to stuff any shots Shalorus
takes. On the feet, he wants to push his Iranian-born opponent to
that same place Varner took him in June. Varner appeared to have
Shalorus hurt but didn’t put him away.
“He got clipped a few times from Varner, but Varner never jumped on
him,” Palaszewski said. “I think that was the downfall of Jamie. I
know he could have finished him, but he chose to kind of pick his
shots. Instead of jumping on him when he got him hurt, he kind of
Palaszewski has a different plan.
“Jamie got him hurt, but I don’t know if he didn’t want to jump on
him because he didn’t want to get taken down,” he said. “I’m not
really worried about it. If I get him hurt, I’m going to jump on
him. If I don’t put him away there and end up on my back, I’m not
going to cry over spilled milk. I’m just going to keep working for
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 13:35) with Palaszewski.