Impa Kasanganay
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Strong rebound effort
WelterweightUFC
April 10, 2021
Kasanganay defeated Sasha Palatnikov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 0:26 of Round 2 at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a brilliant effort from Kasanganay and one that was made all the more impressive considering it came on the heels of his highlight reel knockout loss at the hands of Joaquin Buckley last October. Entering as a -250 favorite against a clearly inferior opponent, Impa landed a pair of successful takedowns and racked up 2:54 worth of control time in the brief bout. Kasanganay has shown far more good than bad during his brief time with the UFC, and his ability to bounce back from the Buckley loss is probably his most impressive feat to date.
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April 10 clash in books
WelterweightUFC
February 25, 2021
Kasanganay (face) will fight Sasha Palatnikov on the UFC's April 10 card, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kasanganay was on medical suspension after being on the receiving end of one of the more brutal knockouts in UFC history. It appears he's finally put that behind him and will look to bounce back against Paltnikov, who is coming off of a win in his UFC debut versus Louis Cosce. Palatnikov does most of his damage upright, while Kasnngay has a mixture of the two in his repertoire. Kasanganay hold a three-inch advantage in reach despite standing two inches shorter, so he should have an opportunity to keep Palatnikov at bay until he's ready to go in for a takedown.
Medical suspension after brutal KO
WelterweightUFC
October 13, 2020
Kasanganay is facing a potential 180-day medical suspension pending clearance from an ophthalmologist, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Of all the medical suspensions dished out after UFC Vegas 5, this one is probably the least surprising. While Kasanganay was conscious and seemingly in good spirits afterwards, he did fall victim to one of the most devastating knockouts in UFC history -- one that will be on highlight reels for years to come. Kasanganay got off to a fast start to his MMA career with three pro fights (including Contender Series) in the span of two months, but this result will force him to take some time on the sidelines, which may be beneficial in the long haul.
Suffers first pro loss
WelterweightUFC
October 10, 2020
Kasanganay lost to Joaquin Buckley via KO (face kick) at 2:03 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It's the first loss of Kasanganay's professional career, and it came in highlight-reel fashion. He managed to block a high kick from Buckley, but in the process, he left his face exposed. His opponent quickly smashed him with a spinning kick with his other foot that turned Kasanganay's lights out immediately. Kasanganay is in excellent shape, but the lack of stopping power in his hands is becoming an issue. He doesn't have a single knockout victory in his professional career, and it's difficult to go on any sort of winning streak if you keep seeing the final bell. The 26-year-old needs a bounce-back effort his next time out.
Gets fight on Oct. 10
WelterweightUFC
September 26, 2020
Kasanganay will fight Joaquin Buckley at the UFC event on Oct. 10, Jon Anik of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Kasanganay gets this fight after Abu Azaitar was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason. Kasanganay last fought in late August when he defeated Maki Pitolo via unanimous decision.
Easy victory in UFC debut
WelterweightUFC
August 29, 2020
Kasanganay defeated Maki Pitolo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was an excellent first showing from Kasanganay that was made all the more memorable by the fact he earned this opportunity with a victory on Dana White's Contender Series just a couple weeks ago. Entering the Octagon appearing to be twice Pitolo's size, Kasanganay dominated in what was essentially a 15-minute kickboxing match. It would be nice to see Kasanganay go to the body a bit more instead of trying to knock his opponent's head off with every single shot, but that should come with time. After all, this is a guy who has just eight professional fights under his belt at age 26. Kasanganay is definitely worth keeping an eye on moving forward.