31-Year-Old UFC Lightweight 8-2-0
October 12, 2017 Teemu Packalen News
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Packalen (knee) will no longer be able to compete against Marcin Held at UFC Fight Night 118 on October 21 in Gdansk, Poland.
Packalen suffered a knee injury and was forced to withdraw from his scheduled fight with Marcin Held. He has been replaced by Nasrat Haqparast. A return timetable for Packalen is not know at this time.
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Fantasy AnalysisPackalen did not really get a chance to show anything in this fight. Diakiese controlled the distance from the start. He landed with kicks on the outside, before flooring Packalen with a nasty punch. Packalen signed with the UFC in 2015 with an undefeated record. However, he has gone only 1-2 in the Octagon with his only win coming over Thibault Gouti last February. This fight might be the end of his run in the promotion.
Fantasy AnalysisPackalen appeared out of shape when he made his UFC debut on nine days notice last July, but he rebounded in a big way on Saturday. He had the presence of mind to take the back of Gouti after dropping him with a huge shot, something that was nice to see from a relatively inexperienced fighter. Packalen was probably looking at a release if he lost to Gouti.
Fantasy AnalysisPackalen took this fight on nine days notice and it was certainly a factor by the time it was over. Packalen looked absolutely exhausted and he spent the majority of the fight flopping around on the mat like a fish after several lazy, failed takedown attempts. A former hockey player, Packalen was in just his eighth professional bout despite already being 28-years old.