WEC and UFC veteran Bart “Bartimus” Palaszewski has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition via his Twitter account.

While his retirement from the sport comes as a bit of a shock, the 30-year-old, Polish-born fighter has packed a lot into his 12-year mixed martial arts career.

Palaszewski walks away from the sport with a 36-17 career record, with an astonishing 28 of his victories coming by way of stoppage. With notable victories over current UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, former The Ultimate Fighter season-one cast member Alex Karalexis and current UFC bantamweight Ivan Menjivar, Palaszewski will be able to look back on his career and smile.

Even though he was never able to win or even compete for a major title, Palaszewski’s exciting style made him a fan-favorite. He won “Fight of the Night” for his battle with Diego Nunes at UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot and took home two “Knockout of the Night” awards, one against Karalexis at WEC 37 and the other coming against Tyson Griffin at UFC 137. The victory over Griffin was the lone UFC win of Palaszewski’s career.

Palaszewski’s last fight took place at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale in April of 2013. Palaszewski was submitted by Cole Miller via rear-naked choke in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.

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