UFC 144 Results: What We Learned from Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2012

Photo courtesy of MMAFighting.com
Photo courtesy of MMAFighting.com

Hatsu Hioki had a controversial win over George Roop in his UFC debut, but this time around it was a clear-cut victory over Bart Palaszewski at UFC 144 in Japan.

The first round saw Hioki dominate the Polish fighter all over the cage, showing off what the real Hioki looks like.

Hioki slowed down a bit thereafter, but still did enough to keep Palaszewski under control to claim the unanimous decision victory in front of his home crowd.

 

What we'll remember about this fight:

Hioki almost finished Palaszewski in the first round, but unfortunately was not able to close the deal. The armbar in the first round illustrated the caliber and technique of Hioki's ground game.

 

What we learned about Hatsu Hioki:

After a less than ideal introduction to the UFC, we learned Hioki is the real deal. He had a clear advantage in the ground and could have arguably had a 10-8 first round against Bart.

 

What we learned about Bart Palaszewski:

Palaszewski has a little ways to go before he can face the top of the division again. He needs to improve on his ground game as he was outclassed by Hioki. Standing though, Palaszewski put up a good fight, evening it out on the feet.

 

What's next for Hioki:

Jose Aldo anyone? Aldo needs a challenger and Hioki would be a good No. 1 contender.

 

What's next for Palaszewski:

Palaszewski will probably get a middle-tier guy to right the ship and get back to the top of the division.

 

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