Teemu Packalen


Left twitching on canvas
September 7, 2019
Packalen lost to Ottman Azaitar via KO (punch) at 3:33 of Round 1 at UFC 242 in The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Packalen is know primarily as a wrestler and grappler but decided to shoot for just one takedown in the fight, which resulted in the the Fin standing in the firing line with a powerful, athletic striker. This continued until the fight's conclusion, when a flush shot behind the ear saw Packalen fall slowly to the canvas. "Pacu" took more than two years off after suffering a devastating one-shot KO against Marc Diakiese in March of 2017 and got hammered yet again Saturday, which raises serious questions regarding his future in MMA. He falls to 8-3 as a result of the loss.
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Making return on UFC 242 prelims
September 4, 2019
Packalen will take on Ottman Azaitar in a lightweight matchup at UFC 242 on Sept. 7 in Abu Dhabi.
Packalen dropped two of his first three career fights with the UFC, but hasn't competed in the Octagon since March of 2017 due to a knee injury. Presumably healthy after nearly two years on the shelf, he'll enter as a (+180) betting underdog against Azaitar, an undefeated German prospect making his UFC debut.
Returning to Octagon at UFC 242
May 31, 2019
Packalen will return to the cage at UFC Abu Dhabi on Sept. 7 to take on Ottman Azaitar in his UFC debut, MMAFighting.com reports.
Packalen had to pull out of his last scheduled bout in October of 2017 due to a knee injury, but that appears to be a thing of the past at this point. He owns a 1-2-0 record during his time in the UFC and will likely try to get Azaitar on the mat, where six of his eight wins have come via submission as a professional.
Out with knee injury
October 12, 2017
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 He has been replaced by Nasrat Haqparast.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 known at this time.
Falls early against Marc Diakiese
March 18, 2017
Packalen lost to Marc Diakiese via KO (Punch) at 0:30 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Packalen 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.
Teemu Packalen: Smashes Thibault Gouti Saturday in London
February 27, 2016
Packalen defeated Thibault Gouti via submission (rear-naked choke) at 0:24 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in London.
Packalen 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.