Stifled and out-struck for a majority of the first round, Palaszewski seemed to play the sheep to Darabedyan’s wolf in the cage.
Just as Darabedyan had told Bleacher Report in an exclusive interview , the Armenian student of Gokor Chivichyan came out and capitalized on the stand up war, introducing Palaszewski to a barrage of fists and overwhelming assaults.
Once the fight went to the ground, more of the same abuse came the direction of “Bartimus” Palaszewski.
It wasn’t until the last minute of the first round where Palaszewski found the opportunity to take Darabedyan’s arm and hyperextend it to the point where he was forced to tap with just 20 seconds left until the end of the stanza.
With the win, Palaszewski stops what could have been a meteoric rise for the young Armenian fighter.
As a veteran of the sport, and just 26-years-old, Palaszewski has solidified himself as durable advisory to anyone willing to test his grit and determination to compete at a high level.
Darabedyan even recognized the toughness of his opponent prior to the fight.
“He’s experienced and guys like this are pretty hard to break,” said Darabedyan of the veteran, Palaszewski.
The opportunity to climb the ranks is now in his hands and a shot at WEC spotlights are on the horizon.
This would be Palaszewski’s second consecutive win in the WEC, one more decisive finish could put him in the mix for more than just the opening fight of the main card.
For Darabedyan, it is only the second loss in his young career, so the defeat would not be something to stop him from continuing his growth. His domination of Palaszewski on the feet show just how aggressive of a striker the 23-year-old can be and with time and patience, he can make some big things happen in the WEC’s 155-pound division.
Both of these fighters have a number of years to go before their careers are over. Barring career ending injuries, don’t be surprised if later down the line a Palaszewski-Darabedyan rematch will be a hyped main event for the WEC or another organization.