Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship has gone international as the promotion holds Bare Knuckle FC 4 tonight on pay-per-view from sunny Cancun, Mexico.
The event which takes place from the Beto Avila Stadium pairs Team USA vs. Team Mexico.
The historic event featured former Ultimate Fighter competitor Julian Lane battling Mexican-American UFC Veteran Leonard Garcia,”Queen of Bare Knuckle” Bec Rawlings defending her title against Puerto Vallarta’s Cecilia Flores and a highly-anticipated rematch between Tony Lopez and Joey Beltran, who engaged in an epic showdown at BKFC 1.
Lopez and Beltran would fight to a split draw meaning one judge ruled in favor of Beltran, one in favor of Lopez, and one down the middle.
It was announced during the broadcast that former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has joined the BKFC team. Johnson stated on social media that he will not be fighting but that he is signed as “fighter relations”.
Ohio’s Lane is most known for competing on the UFC Ultimate Fighter series. He owns 12 wins out of 20 career professional MMA contests and has also competed for Bellator. Lane will take on Garcia who is an experienced MMA fighter who competed on the first televised featherweight bout in UFC history. Garcia earned multiple Fight of the Night honors while with UFC, won the 2010 Fight of the Year award for his contest against the Korean Zombie Chan-Sung Jung in WEC and most recently competed with Legacy FC.
Rawlings made a name for herself with action-packed victories in her first two BKFC fights. The Australian-born fighter picked up wins on the first two BKFC cards to stake her claim as the leading female bare knuckle fighter. She defended her Police Gazette Diamond Belt and won the WBF Latin America Belt in a unanimous decision win over Flores.
The action will also saw 20-fight UFC veteran Chris Lytle face JC Llamas where he would win by unanimous decision.
BKFC heavyweight tournament runner-up Sam Shewmaker returned to action to take on Jaime Arevalo. Shewmaker wins a split decision.
Former WEC Middleweight Champion and 12-fight UFC veteran Joe Riggs competed in his second BKFC attraction as he looked for another victory, this time against Mexico City’s Heriberto “El Rudo” Tovar, who has fought in Combate Americas, the largest Hispanic-based MMA organization in the sport. This fight was pretty much in favor of “Diesel” Riggs from start to finish. He wins unanimously.
Tom Shoaff and Diego Garijo met once again, a rematch from their first outing at Bare Knuckle FC 2. What a blood bath tonight’s outing was. These two combatants could go back and forth every night and nobody would complain. Absolute war. Shoaff wins a fourth round TKO due to cuts. Garijo’s face is a mess. He jaw is swollen and likely broken.
Alejandro Solórzano defeated Erik Leander by way of referee stoppage due to a cut in the fourth round. Leander sustained a nasty slice on the nose area earlier in the contest but due to his cutman’s work, was able to continue on.
Sergio Herrera fought through a nasty cut (which could have caused the bout to have been stopped) to stay in the fight against Jesus Quevedo and knock him out in the fourth round. Impressive win for Sergio Herrera.
Jose Ruleus and Gilberto Aguilar kicked off the streamed portion of the night with a five-round preliminary bout that would end in a decision in favor of Ruleus.
The first fight of the evening was not only short-lived, but also not aired due to internet issues. Shannon Ritch defeated Omar Molina via TKO just 26-seconds into the fight.
Complete Bare Knuckle FC 4 results below:
Leonard Garcia defeated Julian Lane via KO – Round 2,
Bec Rawlings defeated Cecilia Flores via unanimous decision – for The Police Gazette Diamond Belt and the WBF Latin America belt
Tony Lopez vs. Joey Beltran ruled a split draw
Chris Lytle defeated JC Llamas via unanimous decision
Sam Shemaker defeated Jaime Arevalo via split decision
Joe Riggs defeated Rudo Tovar via unanimous decision (49-45, 50-46, 50-44)
Tom Shoaff defeated Diego Garijo via TKO (cuts) – Round 4, 1:26
Alejandro Solórzano defeated Erik Leander via TKO (ref stoppage from cut) – Round 4, 0:29
Travis Thompson defeated Ivan Rocka via KO – Round 2, 1:59
Sergio Herrera defeated Jesus Quevedo via KO – Round 4
Jose Ruleus defeated Gilberto Aguilar via unanimous decision
Shannon Ritch defeated Omar Molina via TKO – Round 1, 0:26