Sasha Palatnikov (6-2-0) is a Pro MMA Fighter out of Las Vegas, Nevada and the #18th ranked Pro Mens Welterweight in South Korea.
Sasha Palatnikov Journey To UFC
A year ago, Sasha Palatnikov upped sticks and moved his whole life to Las Vegas to chase his dream of becoming the first fighter to raise the Hong Kong flag in the UFC Octagon. That dream became reality this month when the 31-year-old signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC – and he makes his debut this weekend against American Louis “The Monster” Cosce (7-0) in the first preliminary fight on the UFC 255 pay-per-view.
“It’s not something I expected to happen so quickly, I was kind of anticipating maybe next year,” Palatnikov told SCMP MMA. “But I’m super excited. This is a goal I set over 10 years ago, and to finally accomplish it, it’s amazing.
Palatnikov (5-2) returned to action this year with a first-round TKO at UAE Warriors 13 in September, after joining up with Syndicate MMA and head coach John Wood, and undergoing knee surgery.
He had been set to return to fight for the Dubai-based promotion’s vacant middleweight belt, and defend his title in Korean promotion AFC, but the UFC came calling just 10 days after he signed with the Ruby Sports and Entertainment management company last month.
“Having represented Hong Kong in rugby and basketball at juniors levels, it was never a thing Sasha thought of as a kid that he’ll be fighting in the UFC and representing Hong Kong. But this was all meant to be.
What Ranks And Titles Has Sasha Held?
- 2011 Western New York Kickboxing Champion 84kg
- 2012 Hong Kong Heavyweight Amateur Boxing Association Champion
- 2015 Pan Asian Brazilian Jiujutsu Champion Gi & No-Gi (Purple)
- 2019 AFC Middleweight Champion
Sasha Palatnikov UFC Debut
Sasha Palatnikov and Louis Cosce kicked off the preliminary card at UFC 255. The bout between the two men took place at welterweight. Both men are currently unranked in the division, and the fight was an excellent opportunity to establish themselves at 170 pounds.
Palatnikov could not have asked for a better debut in the promotion. He was able to stop ‘The Monster’ in the third round of their fight via TKO. It was not all smooth sailing for the debutant as he had to overcome some adversity early on to secure a stoppage in the final round
Sasha Palatnikov Wife / Married Life
The 31 years old MMA fighter, Sasha Palatnikow isn’t married as of now; however, he is engaged to his beautiful fiance Clarita.
Sasha announced his engagement with his fiance, Clarita, through his Instagram post back in August of 2019. Often times, Sasha is seen sharing pictures of him with his wife-to-be. And by the looks of their picture, it seems like both of them are in a happy place in their relationship.
Meanwhile, although it has been over a year since Sasha got engaged to his partner, he is yet to share his plans on marrying her. Hopefully, the big day isn’t very far and Sasha would soon walk down the aisle with his loving and supportive partner.
Sasha Palatnikov Age, Birthday, Family
Palatnikov was born and raised in the city to a Russian father and Scottish mother. Now 31 years of age, Sasha “The White Lotus” Palatnikov has started his UFC career very late. He studied at the University of Buffalo and spent time living in Florida where he trained at the famed former Blackzilians gym.
But Sasha moved back to Hong Kong, where he had been working and training at the Hybrid MMA gym with Brazilian UFC welterweight Alberto Mina (13-1).
Sasha’s parents put him in Karate at the age of five and he had loved fighting ever since. He started playing rugby at the age of six and would train Muay Thai and boxing in the off-seasons. The MMA star was fortunate to have played rugby professionally, but due to an injury, he decided to begin his university studies in Montreal, Canada.
Mostly flexing with his body and money on Facebook and Instagram Sasha has over 400 followers on Facebook and 8,838 followers on Instagram. On Instagram, Sasha Palatnikov posts mostly regarding his games, but occasionally he shares a glimpse of his fiance as well as other family members.
Sasha, as of July 2020 has also created a Twitter account with 260 followers.
His fame is slowly rising with his debut in the UFC after his victory over Louis Cosce, we are certain that with his charisma and his debut in UFC his social media followers will exponentially grow in the upcoming future.
Quick Facts and Information on Sasha Palatnikov
|Born||15 March 1989|
|Home Town||Hong Kong|
|Resident||New York, USA|
|Sponsored by||jacoAthletics and Sisimouthguards|
|Social Media||Facebook, Instagram, Twitter|
|Siblings||Alethea Palatnikov, Taryn Palatnikov|
|Nick Name||The White Lotus|
|Height||6 feet / 1.82m|
|Weight||77 kgs/ 170 lbs.|
|Wife to be / Fiance||Clarita Mauvkla|
|Education||University of Buffalo|
|UFC Debut||21 November 2020|
|Pro Record||4-1 (wins, losses)|
|Amateur MMA Record||6-0 (wins, losses)|