Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship holds their biggest event to date, Bare Knuckle FC 6, live from the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida. The June 22 pay-per-view event is headlined by boxing sensation and former two-division champion, Paulie Malignaggi, taking on former UFC competitor, Artem Lobov. Fans can order and watch the card on FITE.TV.
Former boxing world champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi and UFC veteran Artem “The Russian Hammer” Lobov continued their heated rivalry as they each had to be held back following today’s weigh-ins. Lobov himself got into a minor scuffle with a member of Malignaggi’s camp, kicking him from the stage.
The televised portion of the can’t-miss night of fights features Chris Leben taking on Dakota Cochrane, plus the finals of the BKFC Lightweight Tournament pitting Reggie Barnett against Johnny Bedford in a showdown for the BKFC Lightweight Championship.
Leben was originally scheduled to face Brennan Ward, who was forced to withdraw from the event.
Opening the pay-per-view telecast will be Arizona’s Joe Riggs, who defeated Heriberto Tovar in BKFC action in February. Riggs will look for another triumph against Tampa’s Walber Barros in a 185-pound fight.
Bossil Bounces Back
The first preliminary bout of the evening paired Chris Boffil up against Jared Hayes. An 11 pound weight different stood between the two men as Hayes weighed in at 215.2 lbs., and his opponent came in under 205. In the first round, Hayes connected with a big right hand that echoed throughout the arena, but Boffil stood tall and pressed forward. The two men brawl it to the bell, bump into each other on the break, and exchange words as the audience erupts. Hayes drops Boffil in the second round. He pops up, and the eight count begins. The fight continues and we move to the third round. The roles reverse in the third and final rounds as Bossil comes to life, dropping Hayes several times before the fight is waived off.
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Florida’s own Abdiel Velazquez matched up next against Pennsylvania’s Travis Thompson in a matchup at 135-pounds. The crowd goes wild for Velazquez as he makes his way to the squared circle. Thompson pressing forward hard in the first round, really taking it to Velazquez, going upstairs, and downstairs to the body. Velazquez, although on the receiving end of the punishment, doesn’t have a bruise or cut yet, while Thompson is cut above his left eye and his face is starting to swell. Velazquez is fast, moving in and out of the pocket, tying up in the clinch, getting shots in and breaking free. ‘The Animal’ Thompson looks like he has been in the war entering the fourth round, but his energy has drained a bit. The two men stalk each other down but the referee needs to instruct them to ‘engage’ as few strikes are immediately thrown. Velazquez lands an uppercut before being on the receiving end of an accidental eye poke. Thompson is leaking like a faucet in between the fourth and fifth rounds but cutman Paul Querido is working on him. The referee asks Thompson if he will make it to the next round. He does. Back and forth brawl here in the final round, and Velazquez still looking relatively unscathed. Velazquez wins a unanimous decision, even winning all five rounds on one judge’s scorecards.
Mundell’s Murderous Hands
“Redneck” David Mundell and Drew “The Spider Monkey” Lipton kicked off the main card on pay-per-view. Mundell connects with the body early on, then clocks Lipton on the side of the head, dropping him the canvas. Once the fight resumes, they continue to connect, and once again Mundell connects, and floors Lipton before the fight is called in the very first round. BIG win for Mundell.
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All Hail Alers
UFC veteran Jim Alers stepped into the ring for his very first bare knuckle fight when dropped Elvin Brito in a highlight reel knockout in the very first round. Oh my God!!!!
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Fight To A Draw
Former UFC fighter and WEC champion Joe “Diesel” Riggs returned to the squared circle to battle Brazil’s Walber Barros. Lot of clinch fighting early on but when they break, Riggs strikes and connects. Riggs dropped briefly in the second frame as Barros drops a big right hand that connects with the right side of Riggs’ face as he leans forward. They make it to the third round and immediately tie up. Riggs bleeding lightly from the mouth, nothing to be too concerned about at this point but Barros is connecting with him. Great fight thus far as we make our way into the fourth round. Barros’s left eye is completely swollen shut and bruised. He has a cut under the eye, right on the cheek. Will be interesting to see if the ringside physician allows the fight to continue. It does, and the back and forth pressure between the two does not let up. Absolute war. All three judges score the fight 47-47 and the contest is ruled a draw.
Beltran is Back
The big men entered the ring as UFC and Bellator veteran Joey Beltran took on Jamie Campbell who came in over the 265-pound mark. Beltran picks up a huge win in the second round after he drops Campbell twice, splitting him open, with a heavy leak from the eye. The win is ruled a knockout and Beltran gets back to his winning ways after fighting to a draw in a rematch with Tony Lopez at BKFC 4.
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Let Him Bang Bro
Julian Lane got his chance to ‘bang’ as he took on Tom Shoaff in the seventh fight of the night. Lane throwing big heavy shots, while Shoaff being a little more methodical with his punches. Shoaff, who has the best mustache of all the fighters competing tonight, is put down, but pops up, still in the fight. Both competitors with some light bleeding in the second frame. Shoaf looking worse of the two, but he is not backing down. Lane pouring it on heavy in the third. Shoaff listening to his corner, working the body. Swelling on the forehead of Shoaff beginning to intensify. One more round to go. Sweat flying from both competitors with each punch. Excellent fight. Fans on their feet. These two warriors do not disappoint. Lane wins a unanimous decision.
Johnny Bedford and Reggie Barnett Jr., are jawing back and forth at one another before their fight even begins. No love lost here in this lightweight title bout. They immediately touch one another with shots, fast paced action out the gate. Bedford puts Barnett down early and the referee has to separate them. They restart, Bedford drops him again. Barnett bounces back up and Bedford continues to apply the pressure. Barnett comes forward towards the end of the first, but definitely lost the round. Barnett starting to put the puzzle pieces together in the second round, Bedford throwing a little more wild than before. Barnett’s pace starting to increase somehow as we enter the third round. A brief half in the action as Bedford accidently punches Barnett right in the groin. They restart and Bedford connects with a right that rocks Barnett’s head back and forth. Moments later, Bedford calls him to the center of the ring and drops Barnett once again. He pops up, wobbly, and the fight goes on. No knock downs in the fourth frame, but no clear winner either as each slugged it out best they could. Bedford’s left eye bruised up pretty good as Barnett starting to pour it on. They fight to a decision. Bedford wins unanimously and claims the gold.
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Cochrane defeats ‘The Crippler’
One of the most anticipated fights of the night, a fight between two seasoned veterans of the sport, Chris “The Crippler” Leben, and Dakota Cochrane. Lot of clinch work between the two in the first round. The hold ring moving as the two forcing each other from one side to the other with big heavy shots in the second. Leben is cut badly above the eye and it is apparent he will need stitches to mend the wound. Leben rocks Cochrane, big shots, the split him open just the same. Each fighter’s face is a shade of crimson as they continue to unload. Leben tosses up a left at the conclusion of the fourth round and it jolts Cochrane backwards just before the time expires in the round. Leben extremely exhausted in the final two minutes. Cochrane pushes him off and lands a shot before the end comes. We moves to the judges’ scorecards for a decision. Cochrane walks away with the win unanimously.
Lobov Shocks The World
Intensity in the air as Artem Lobov and Paulie Malignaggi made their way to the ring for the night’s main event. Everyone on their feet. “Magic Man” Malignaggi not throwing much, feeling out the bare knuckle process. Lobov throwing looping shots that miss, until one finally connects and stuns Paulie in the first. Malignaggi seems to be aware that Lobov is a threat now. Both fighters have minor abrasions. Lobov throwing power shots while Malignaggi throwing peppering jabs. Lobov doing much better than most people expected, or Malignaggi doing worse than he said he was going to do, and we now move into the fourth frame. Lobov really stuns Malignaggi here, nearly knocking him down. Malignaggi is busted up. The fifth and final round will determine the winner. Lobov keeps the forward pressure, and likely takes the round. The bell rings and Malignaggi bows to Lobov, and then shakes his hand. Lobov shocks the world and wins a unanimous decision.
Complete Bare Knuckle FC 6 results below:
Artem Lobov defeated Paulie Malignaggi via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Dakota Cochrane defeated Chris Leben via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Johnny Bedford defeated Reggie Barnett Jr. via unanimous decision (47-45, 47-45, 48-44) – lightweight tournament final
Julian Lane defeated Tom Shoaff via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 49-45)
Joey Beltran defeated Jamie Campbell via KO – Round 2, 1:50
Joe Riggs vs. Walber Barros is ruled a draw (47-47, 47-47, 47-47)
Jim Alers defeated Elvin Brito via KO – Round 1, 0:45
David Mundell defeated Drew Lipton via TKO – Round 1, 1:55
Abdiel Velazquez defeated Travis Thompson via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 50-45)
Chris Boffil defeated Jared Hayes via KO – Round 3, 1:55