Fight Alert: Bart Palaszewski vs Anthony Njokuani
When: WEC 41, April 5th (5 days from now)
Where: UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Assessment: Last second replacements suck for a fighter … you train for one guy but you get stuck with another, and that person often has a lot less to lose so it changes the dynamic of the fight. Since Bart Palaszewski ended up losing his fight to replacement fighter Ricardo Lamas, the WEC has decided to turn the tables now and give him a shot as a last second replacement.
World Combat League veteran Anthony Njoukuani now gets to fight someone who is 30-12 instead of his former opponent Anthony Pettis who was 6-0. Still, with Palaszewski on the edge of hitting ‘journeyman’ status, does that make things easier or harder for him?
Hype: 7/10 – Palaszewski simply got outworked in his last match and hasn’t looked very good in a while. Njoukuani is a banger who flashes hot and cold on the feet but both his losses were from subs once things hit the ground. This one is probably closer than people would expect and has a good chance of being pretty exciting … until Palaszewski slaps a submission on Njoukuani from the bottom and finishes things.
Odds: Bart Palaszewski (-180) Anthony Njokuani (+200) (although I expect the lines to be much wider since Palaszewski has name value. If Njokuani comes in as a bigger underdog, I’ll probably put a play on him since he’s got KO power)