The flagship promotion of the fastest-growing sport in the world, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, will host its 14th event tomorrow from the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami, Florida, and live on the BKTV App. The main card might have lost its co-main event, with Dat Nguyen having to withdraw from his contest with BKFC stud Reggie Barnett due to illness, but it’s still stacked with eight exciting matchups, culminating in the much-anticipated main event featuring Luis Palomino “knuckling up” with Jim Alers. Two preliminary fights, Kenmon Evans vs. Sedric Johnson and Alan Arzeno vs. Fred Pierce, kick-off the show and will be broadcast live and for free on the BKFC Youtube channel starting at 8:00pm EST, with the main card following at 9:00. Follow along as we breakdown each of the main card matchups of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 14, and make sure to tune in tomorrow so you don’t miss out on any of the night’s action!
Lorenzo Hunt vs. Dustin Long
The opening act of the main card sees Lorenzo Hunt taking on Dustin Long. Lorenzo Hunt will be making his 4th appearance with BKFC, and he’s 2-1 in the squared circle. Hunt is coming off of a KO/TKO win over Erick Lozano at BKFC 12 just over two months ago. Dustin Long, a 7-5 professional MMA fighter, will be making his BKFC debut. Long is 1-0 as a boxer, and he’s got a ton of experience with world-class promotions.
Eddie Hoch vs. Jeff Chiffens
11-4 professional MMA fighter Eddie Hoch makes his bare-knuckle debut against BKFC veteran Jeff Chiffens. Eddie Hoch enters this fight well-travelled and with a ton of combat sport experience. 9 out of Hoch’s 11 mixed martial arts wins have come by way of submission, however, so it will be interesting to see how his stand-up game holds up. Jeff Chiffens will be making his 3rd BKFC appearance Friday night. He’s 1-1 with the promotion, and he’s coming off of a loss to Kaleb Harris at BKFC 9 in November of last year.
Britain Hart vs. Randine Eckholm
In the first and only female fracas of the night, Randine Eckholm will have her hands full as she makes her promotional debut against BKFC veteran Britain Hart. Hart will be making her 3rd appearance in the squared circle, and although she’s 0-2, she has faced nothing but the toughest of competition that the promotion has to offer (Bec Rawlings at BKFC 2, and Christine Ferea at BKFC 5).
Jarod Grant vs. Christopher Johnson
Next up, Jarod Grant makes his encore BKFC appearance against Toe the Line Fight Series 1 contestant Christopher Johnson. Jarod Grant is 1-0 with the promotion, coming off of a 2nd-round KO/TKO over Josh Boudreaux at BKFC 12 back on September 11th. And, although Christopher Johnson lost his Toe the Line matchup, he has another chance to impress the boss this Friday night.
Uly Diaz vs. Donelei Benedetto
Miami-native Ulysses “Uly” Diaz is a 12-1 professional boxer, making his 2nd bare-knuckle appearance against promotional newcomer Donelei “King Kong” Benedetto. Diaz is 1-0 with BKFC, and he’s coming off of a spectacular 1st-round stoppage over Brian Maxwell at BKFC 10 back in February of this year.
Francesco Ricchi vs. Noah Cutter
Next up, Francesco Ricchi will make his encore BKFC appearance against Toe the Line contestant Noah Cutter. Ricchi is 1-0 fighting bare-knuckle, and he’s coming off of a 1st-round KO/TKO over Fred Pierce at BKFC 10. Noah Cutter will be making his BKFC debut, and he made the most out of his Toe the Line Fight Series opportunity, scoring a 1st-round stoppage victory over Kaine Tomlinson on September 26th.
Jake Bostwick vs. Tyler Vogel
Promoted to the co-main event, the matchup between Jake Bostwick and Tyler Vogel should be an absolute banger. Although both men will be making their BKFC debuts, they bring a ton of experience to this fight. Fighting out of England, Jake Bostwick is an 18-10 professional MMA fighter in a career spanning nearly 15 years. What’s more, Bostwick has really turned a corner in his career as of late, going 11-2 in his last 13 fights. Tyler Vogel is 8-5 as a professional mixed martial artist, and he’s got a couple of professional boxing matches under his belt as well. Vogel enters this fight with some top-notch experience in competition, including having faced UFC Middleweight Ian Heinisch at the World Series of Fighting back in 2016.
Luis Palomino vs. Jim Alers
In the main event, we’ve got the highly-anticipated BKFC 155lb World Title fight between Luis Palomino and Jim Alers. Bellator and WSOF veteran Luis Palomino has had an illustrious combat sports career dating back to 2006. Perhaps, Palomino’s career is best remembered for the two wars that he fought against Justin Gaethje for WSOF, both back in 2015, and a win over Jorge Masvidal earlier in both fighters’ careers. Palomino is making his 3rd BKFC appearance, and he’s 2-0 fighting bare-knuckle, with wins over Elvin Brito and most recently Isaac Vallie-Flag at BKFC 11 back in July. Jim Alers is equally experienced and just as dangerous as Palomino. On his resume, Alers has a 14-4 mixed martial arts record, with 4 UFC appearances. Alers is 4-0 with BKFC with 3 finishes, and he’s defeated a who’s who list of BKFC 155’ers, including Elvin Brito, Leonard Garcia, Julian Lane and Kaleb Harris.
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