Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) held its first-ever event in Nebraska on Friday night and it did not disappoint.
Former Bellator veterans turned bare-knuckle boxers Mike Richman and Dakota Cochrane met in the main event, where Richman completely overwhelmed Cochrane throughout the fight. Cochrane was knocked down five (!) times between the first and second round, but it was the final knockdown that proved to be too much for him as he did not answer the ten-count delivered by the referee. Richman improved his overall record to 2-0-1, while Cochrane suffered his first loss in bare-knuckle boxing.
Josh Burns and Sam Shewmaker fought for more than just a win in the co-main event. Fight monikers were also on the line as both Burns and Shewmaker are known as ‘The Hammer’ — or some variation of it — and there could only be one in the promotion. That one would be Burns, who sent his opponent to the canvas with a left hook at 19 seconds into the first round.
UFC veteran Houston Alexander had a successful debut against Wes Combs, but it was nearly ruined by a punch that probably did not need to happen. Alexander uncorked a right hook that immediately knocked out Combs upon impact. Seconds after the right hook landed, Alexander followed up with another punch on the ground to an already out Combs before the referee stepped in. Despite the follow-up punch that could have resulted in a disqualification, Alexander went on to earn his first win under the BKFC banner.
Here are the full results and highlights from BKFC 21:
Main Card results:
Mike Richman def. Dakota Cochrane via knockout at 0:37 of Round 2
Josh Burns def. Sam Shewmaker via knockout at 0:19 of Round 1
Houston Alexander def. Wes Combs via knockout at 0:34 of Round 1
Ryan Roberts def. Jorge Gonzalez via knockout at 0:29 of Round 2
Jason High def. Rocky Long via TKO (punches) at 1:59 of Round 1
Sean Wilson def. Will Shutt via TKO (punches) at 1:21 of Round 1
Cody Land def. TJ Benson via knockout at 1:29 of Round 2
JC Deleon def. Keilen Fantroy via TKO (punches) at 1:36 of Round 2
Preliminary Card results:
Erick Murray def. Robert Guzman via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 1:52 of Round 2
Carlos Trinidad-Snake def. Noah Cutter via knockout at 0:38 of Round 1
Jeff Souder def. Adam Valcourt via knockout at 0:49 of Round 2