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BKFC 18 books 4 title fights, including Joey Beltran, Hector Lombard and Thiago Alves

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BKFC 18 features a stacked card with four title fights heading to Miami.

Thiago Alves whilst fighting Julian Lane at a BKFC event in September 2020
Thiago Alves whilst fighting Julian Lane at a BKFC event in September 2020
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Four title fights will take place at BKFC 18 in Miami next month, with former UFC fighters such as Hector Lombard, Thiago Alves and Joey Beltran featuring on the card.

In the main event, heavyweight champion Beltran will look to defend his title against Sam Shewmaker. Beltran is unbeaten in his last four BKFC outings, winning his title against Chase Sherman in 2019 and defending it against Marcel Stamps last October.

Shewmaker picked up a first-round KO win against Bobo O’Bannon last November and is unbeaten in BKFC since 2018.

UFC veterans Lombard and Joe Riggs will fight for the middleweight title in the co-main event. Lombard picked up two victories last year, including a KO against Kendall Grove. Riggs has not fought in bare-knuckle since June 2019.

Luis Palomino will attempt to defend his lightweight title against Brit Tyler Goodjohn. Palomino has won his last two bare-knuckle fights in under a minute, knocking out Isaac Vallie-Flagg and Jim Alers. Goodjohn defeated Charles Bennett by decision last November.

In the final title fight at BKFC 18, former UFC welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves will fight knockout sensation Ulysses Diaz. The boxer turned bare-knuckle fighter Diaz picked up a 3-second KO win in his last fight. Alves last defeated Julian Lane by split decision at BKFC 12.