BKFC 9 Main Card In-Depth Recap

BKFC 9 was an absolute blast. If you missed out, we’ve got you covered. You can see our results here, or continue to read for a more in-depth report of what went down in Biloxi, MS. The main event featured the highly-anticipated rematch between Artem Lobov and Jason Knight. Let’s take a look at how it all played out.

BKFC 9 delivers and the action and excitement!

It was another classic night of mayhem and fury as BKFC 9 event took place in front of a raucous crowd in Biloxi, MS. There were knockouts, incredible action and plenty of blood as the fighters toed the line and slugged it out.

MAIN CARD

Artem Lobov vs. Jason Knight

Lobov and Knight went back and forth with flurries to open the fight. Lobov looks to be beating Knight to the punch early, but in the late going Knight counters and wobbles Lobov, bloodying the Russian’s nose. Knight did the more damage and it swayed the round in his favour.

In the second round, both fighters landed but a straight right hand dropped Lobov momentarily. Lobov recovered but the damage was done and Knight certainly took the round on the scorecards.

The third round was a better round for Lobov who managed to get within his striking range and land some right hands. Knight landed some shots at a distance, but Lobov landed the more telling shots and arguably won the round.

Championship Rounds

As the fourth round opened and Lobov and Knight started firing shots right off the bat. Knight landed a solid series of shots, but Lobov countered with a series of his own, bouncing shots off Knight’s head. The definitive moment came when Lobov landed a nice left and followed it with a big right hand. Lobov won the round but might still trail due to the knockdown.

In the final frame, Lobov and Knight fired up immediately again and both guys had big shots land. Knight landed a huge shot and Lobov seemed to melt for a moment before slumping to the canvas in obvious discomfort. He ate a shot right on his eye and that was it.

Jason Knight wins the rematch by TKO.

Chase Sherman vs. Joey Beltran

Two belts were on the line as the heavyweights toed the line. The BKFC Heavyweight Title and the Diamond Belt were both up for grabs. Joey Beltran ate a number of jabs like pancakes in the early going but was able to land a couple of counter right hands. Chase Sherman won the first round on the cards, but it was anyone’s fight heading into the second.

The second round was full-on ‘rockem-sockem’ robots. Beltran did a much better job with footwork in the second and was able to get inside and land some telling right hands. The round was filled with action but swayed in favour of Beltran.

Sherman landed a big right hand to open the third and then landed a nice combo that knocked Beltran off balance for a moment. Beltran was able to land some wicked shots and looked to have Sherman in trouble on a number of occasions. Another Beltran round, making it 29-28.

Late fall in line for Joey Beltran

The fourth round opened with Beltran moving forward and pressing the action. Sherman looked noticeably tired and he’s the target for some heavy shots from Beltran. As the round went on, Sherman faded and Beltran put another round in the bank.

The final frame opened like the fourth closed. Beltran pressing and Sherman defending. Both men had moments, but Sherman was just too gassed to keep up. Beltran couldn’t get the finish but he had a solid fight. The judges saw it 49-46 awarding the first decision of the night to Joey Beltran.

Johnny Bedford vs. Charles Bennett

This was a highly anticipated fight and it didn’t disappoint early on. Both men threw jabs and engaged with big shots. Johnny Bedford is the more technically sound fighter, but Charles Bennett is buck-wild and makes things interesting. Bedford landed the more telling shots and won the first round that didn’t see either fighter knocked down.

The second round was very exciting with both men landing some hellacious shots. The pair were bloodied and Bennett then ate a right hand and collapsed to the canvas. He held out his right hand and clutched at it. He was clearly in a ton of pain and could not continue. Fun fight and a big win for Bedford who called out Artem Lobov after the victory.

Helen Peralta vs. Maia Kuhunaele

Helen Peralta is the flyweight champion but her title was not on the line tonight. Both are talented fighters, but Peralta seems the more technical striker. She was also the faster fighter and utilized that speed to land shots first, dropping Maia Kuhunaele three times in the first round winning via TKO. Helen Peralta is the real deal, and she’s going to be tough to beat inside the Bare Knuckle ring. She has speed and power a dangerous combination.

Harris Stephenson vs. Kenny Licea

These two wasted no time getting after it. They threw big rights and lefts and both men landed some heavy shots. Harris Stephenson ate a right hand and was knocked down. He managed to beat the count but was not stable. He was on pretty wobbly legs, and moments later was drilled with a right hand, that saw him lump down face-first to the canvas. It was a really pretty victory at 1:20 by Kenny Licea.

Chris Sarro vs. John Mcallister

Chris Sarro was 1-0 as a professional and came out working behind his jab in the first round. He maintained distance and was able to fire jabs and a heavy right cross behind them. Sarro looked very comfortable in the ring, and landed the telling shot, a stinging right hand to the right eye of John Mcallister sending him to the mat grabbing his eye in agony. That was all it took.

Kaleb Harris vs. Jeff Chiffens

This was a fun fight and Jeff Chiffens was in a little over his head. The first round saw Kaleb Harris find a consistent home for his left hand and bloodied Chiffens’ nose with some stinging right hands. The round ended with Harris having done enough to win the round.

It was more of the same in the second round as Harris was able to land more telling shots, at a higher frequency. Harris dropped Chiffens who was a bloody swelling mess and though he was able to beat the count, the referee waved off the action. He deemed Chiffens had taken enough punishment. It’s hard to argue with that. It was a big night for Kaleb Harris and he won via TKO.

Wes Combs vs. Adrian Miles

The fight was over nearly as quickly as it began. Web Combs and Adrian Miles immediately closed the distance and fought inside. Combs immediately was wobbled by a series of left hands. Combs was dropped and ate some late shots. Miles threw a punch on the downed Combs and that was it. After some debate, Wes Combs was awarded a victory via disqualification.

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UFC Sao Paulo in tweets

UFC Sao Paulo is in the books and it certainly delivered just like every event in Brazil usually does.

Kicking off the main card was a Brazil vs. Brazil contest as Markus Perez squared off against Wellington Turman, who was seeking his first UFC win. In the first round, Turman was relying on his superior grappling skills and spent a lot of the round controlling Perez, who didn’t have an answer. Perez had his best round of the fight in the second as he was starting to find a home for his body kicks but Turman just kept marching forward. The 23-year-old, who lost a split decision to Karl Roberson in his UFC debut, finished the fight on top having spent nearly two minutes of the final five in the full mount position. Turman saw out an unanimous decision with a trio of 30-27 scores via the judges.

Next up was another all Brazilian bout as Antonio Arroyo went up against Andre Muniz at Middleweight. Arroyo started very quickly and landed his signature body kick and jumped on Muniz who caught his arm and nearly submitted Arroyo within the first minute. The second round consisted of near domination by Muniz as he controlled Arroyo for the whole round without landing anything significant. This fight was one of the only down sides of what was overall an action packed event. Muniz won the fight via unanimous decision and is now on the board in the UFC.

One of the most anticipated fights on the card was up next as Jared Gordon, the biggest underdog on the card, went up against Brazil’s own Charles Oliveira at 155lbs. Submission specialist Oliveira was unbeaten in Brazil in his career and he extended that record as he caught Gordon, who was rushing in, and floored the American twice en route to a 15th finish in the Lightweight division. Oliveira, who promised to be more outspoken, went to call out the “Notorious” Conor McGregor and also the last man to beat him two years ago in Paul Felder.

The co-main event was on deck next, as UFC legend Shogun Rua squared off against Scottish submission specialist Paul Craig at Light Heavyweight. From the off, it was clear to see Paul Craig was coming in to finish the fight early and he almost did just that. Craig had Shogun against the cage and was teeing off on the veteran with a number of strikes, splitting the guard of Rua, but failed to get the finish. In the second, it was Shogun who started to implement his gameplan more and that consisted of taking the fight to the floor. He controlled “Bearjew” for nearly the whole round as the Scot struggled to get back to his feet. It was much of the same in the third as Shogun saw out the last moments of the fight on top, and the general consensus was that Rua had edged the fight. One judge scored it for Rua, one for Craig and the third judge scored it a 28-28 to make it a draw.

The main event of the evening was finally here soon after, as Jacare Souza was making his debut at 205lbs against top contender, Jan Blachowicz. Jacare had cardio issues in his last fight at Middleweight and it was going to be interesting to see how he transitioned into the new weight class. Early in the first, Jacare was pressuring Jan against the cage and controlled him there for nearly 3 minutes but not much action prevailed.

The second round followed suit and Jacare controlled the round with Jan struggling to gain any offense through the first 10 minutes. In the third, Jan started quicker and it was clear to see he was the sharper on the feet. He landed a couple of good shots which stopped the progression of the Brazilian and allowed the Pole to take control of the fight. Between rounds, it was revealed that Blachowicz had broken his left foot and the severe swelling confirmed that. In the final round, Jan started like he knew he needed a finish — and he appeared to drop Jacare with a short uppercut. But, with the theme of the fight, he failed to capitalize on it.  It was Blachowicz who edged out the fight via split decision as he called out champion Jon Jones, but with the broken foot he may have to wait until he has healed up to see what’s in store for him next.

Check out the reaction below to the night of action. 

Jan Blachowicz vs Jacare Souza

Shogun Rua vs Paul Craig

Charles Oliveira vs Jared Gordon

Andre Muniz vs Antonio Arroyo

Wellington Turman vs Markus Perez

Check out the full results below 

Jan Blachowicz bt Jacare Souza via Decision (Split) (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

Shougun Rua vs Paul Craig –  Draw (Split) (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)

Charles Oliveira bt Jared Gordon via KO (Punches) Round 1 – 1:26

Andre Muniz bt Antonio Arroyo via Decision (Unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Wellington Turman bt Markus Perez via Decision (Unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

 

 

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Jan Błachowicz squeaks past ‘Jacare’ Souza in UFC on ESPN+ 22 main event

Sao Paulo, Brazil played host to UFC on ESPN+ 22 on Saturday with light heavyweight contender Jan Błachowicz taking on former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the main event at Ginásio do Ibirapuera.

Blachowicz entered the bout ranked No. 6 in the 205-pound division and was coming off a knockout win over former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in his last outing. Souza moved up to the light heavyweight division for the fight looking to establish himself as a contender in the new weight class.

In pre-fight interviews, Souza said that he was going to back his jiu-jitsu and grappling roots and it showed in his game plan. Seconds into the fight, Souza changed levels and looked to get the fight to the ground. Blachowicz defended the takedown attempt but Souza briefly controlled him along the fence in the clinch.

Through the first three rounds, Souza would inch forward and close the distance enough to tie Blachowicz up. The Brazilian effectively nullified Blachowicz’ striking but was unable to get the Polish native to the ground. Following the third frame, Souza’s corner told him that he won the first three rounds.

In the fourth round, Blachowicz pressed forward and took the fight to Souza. Souza looked to be either fatigued or cruising in the final two frames while Blachowicz landed his jab and put together combinations. In the final seconds, both fighters raised their arms declaring themselves the winner.

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The outcome was in the judges’ hands and they scored the fight for Blachowicz by split decision. The Brazilian crowd didn’t agree and neither did Souza.

“Every time it’s a tough fight, a close fight, they never give me the decision. They never give me a win. Twenty days ago I had a really bad cough. Ten days ago I almost had to pull out of the fight, but I had to fight here at home. I had to fight in Brazil, so I came,” said Souza following the loss.

With the win, Blachowicz solidified his ranking the division and is eyeing a potential title fight in his next outing.

“I think I won the fight, so that’s good for me but I didn’t feel this fight today. I don’t feel the fight. I felt good cardio. I feel good, but Jacare was a good fight for me. I could not catch him. Anyway, I won the fight so that’s good,” he said following the win.

The 36-year old expects to continue to fight for a few more years, but knows his time in the sport has an expiration date. With that in mind, Blachowicz called for a fight against champion Jon Jones.

“I want someone from the top. Maybe title shot. Why not? I’m ready,” he said. “Jon, let’s do this. Give me the fight. Give me the title shot because I don’t have time, maybe three more years and then I’m going to retire. So, now or never.”

Shogun Rua and Paul Craig fight to a split dra…

It gets forgotten often that one of the things that made Shogun so successful inside of PRIDE was his ability to get his opponents to the mat and do damage from there. It’s basically what won him the fights versus Overeem and Lil Nog (first fight). Here, Paul Craig beat him up on the feet in the first and basically whenever they were on the feet after that. Fortunately for Shogun, Craig is also a guy really susceptible to the takedown and Shogun was able to get him to the mat repeatedly and keep him there. Somehow managed to even out on the judges scorecards.

Bare Knuckle FC 9 Results

Toe the line, and sling some fists! We’ve got Bare Knuckle FC 9 results for you. In the main event, we’ll see the rematch between Artem Lobov and Jason Knight. Their first fight was bananas, and this promises to be a great one as well. Here’s a link to some recaps from the last BKFC event!

We have your Bare Knuckle FC 9 Results below.

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 9 will take place tonight in Biloxi, MI and we will have the live results, beginning at  5 PM PST. In the main event, we will see a rematch of one of the most exciting scraps of the year as Artem Lobov takes on Jason Knight. The last time they fought Lobov won a five-round decision. It was non-stop action. There’s little doubt this one will be a fun one as well.

Co-Main Event

In the co-main event of the evening, heavyweights will enter the ring as Chase Sherman will take on Joey Beltran. It should be a great fight filled with heavy shots. Joey Beltran is known to take quite a punch and it will be fun while it lasts! Both men are former UFC fighters and now compete in the BKFC ring.

Feature Fight

Johnny Bedford will meet Charles “Felony” Bennett in what should also be a great fight between a talented striker in Bedford, and Bennett who is unpredictable and wild. There are a total of nine fights on the card. We will begin posting results as they happen beginning at 5:00 PM PST.

MAIN CARD

Jason Knight def. Artem Lobov via TKO at 0:29 of Round 5
Joey Beltran def. Chase Sherman via Unanimous Decision to win Diamond and BKFC Titles
Johnny Bedford def. Charles Bennett via TKO (Hand Injury) at 2:00 of Round 2
Helen Peralta def. Maia Kuhunaele via TKO at 1:57 of Round 1
Kenny Licea def. Harris Stephenson via TKO at 1:20 of Round 1
Chris Sarro def. John Mcallister via TKO  at 1:32 of Round 1
Kaleb Harris def. Jeff Chiffens via TKO at 2:00 of Round 2
Wes Combs def. Adrian Miles via DQ (Strikes to Grounded Fighter) at of Round 1
Joe Pegg def. Adam Pellerano via TKO at 0:46 of Round 1

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