It took a second-round TKO win over Abdiel Velasquez at BKFC 19 for Geane Herrera to squash the feud between the two.
A day after having an altercation at the weigh-ins in Tampa, Florida, Herrera said the two smiled and posed for photos together after the fight on Friday, July 23. The former UFC veteran is confident his beef with Velazquez is no more.
“It’s completely done, I did my talking with my fists like I said I was going to do,” Herrera said.
“He’s a family man, I’m a family man and at the end of the day, we’re just trying to feed our kids.”
The animosity between the two showed in Herrera’s performance. Herrera knocked down Velazquez for the first of four times in the opening seconds.
Velazquez survived the first, but Herrera put his opponent down for good. Velazquez made it to his feet quickly with the help of referee Dan Miragliotta.
The two squared off at the weigh-ins on Thursday, July 22. Velazquez wore a mask with a skull on it before Herrera decided to rip it off. Velazquez responded by slapping Herrera, who countered with a kick that missed.
The feud stems back to 2014. Herrera was the Real Fighting Championships flyweight title holder and recalls Velazquez coming to his gym, ‘Being a little fanboy.”
Geane Herrera signed with the UFC a little over a year later, compiling a 1-3 record inside the octagon before being cut by the promotion. After one fight removed from the UFC, Herrera signed with BKFC in 2019.
He took offense when Velazquez, a six-time BKFC veteran, decided to call him out.
“I totally get it if I’m a champion and you call me out, it is what it is, i got a target painted on my back,” Herrera said. “If I’m just coming in as a newcomer and you want to call me out, then that’s why it was a little heated in the weigh-ins and heated in the fight.
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