Friday night on September 11 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida holds the much anticipated Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship card stacked with fights that feature former UFC legends. Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, promotion honcho David Feldman pushed back the event from April 11, which was originally supposed to be held at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama. The main event will feature former welterweight contender Thiago “Pitbull” Alves (23-15 MMA) against Ultimate Fighter alum Julian Lane (12-9-1 MMA 1-2 BKFC). Lane is 2-2 in bare-knuckle fighting overall as he continues to journey around in the fight game to co-headline a card against a man who once graced the Octagon facing Georges St. Pierre.
Lane’s last bout was a victory over Tom Shoaff via unanimous decision
In this 175-lb matchup, Alves holds the home-field advantage, being based in Coconut Creek, Florida, where he trains with American Top Team, while Baroni represents American Kickboxing Academy out in San Jose, California. Alves is looking to snap a two-fight losing skid in the UFC while Baroni looks to get back on the winning end as well fighting for Rebel FC. This would be Baroni’s first fight in over a year since he lost to Sai Wang. Alves lost to Laureano Staropoli and Tim Means during his final days with the UFC.
In the co-main event, Hector Lombard, at a stocky 5’9″ and 185 pounds, looks to build on his debut win over David Mundell when he faces 6’6″ Kendall Grove in a middleweight slugfest. Grove defeated Anthony Ruiz at WFC 110 last August before dropping a grappling match to Felipe Fogolin at the World Jiu-Jitsu Festival two months later.
Also featured at a 165-lb fight will be Joe “Hitman” Elmore and Tom Shoaff knuckling up. Elmore knocked out Will Shope in less than a minute at BKFC 11 in Oxford, Mississippi back at the end of July while Shoaff is looking to even his record with the company coming into this event at 1-2 after dropping a unanimous decision bout tonow headliner, Julian Lane.
With former UFC fighters on the card and virtual unknowns to mainstream fight fans, this could be a gimme event for those looking to grab the most exposure possible, so performing at the highest level known to man is on top of their priority list, regardless of fight league.