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BKFC KnuckleMania results and highlights: Bloodbaths, knockouts, and a one-legged man winning an ass-kicking contest

It’s already been a wild night at BKFC KnuckleMania.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

It’s already been an eventful night at BKFC KnuckleMania. Here’s a rundown of the undercard results from tonight’s PPV.

  • Martin Trey Brown KO-2 Zach Zane (155 lbs): Brown and Zane slipped to the canvas together in round one, and Brown came up hobbling but willing to continue. He finished the first round, but was limping badly to his corner and as the second round started. And then the one-legged man won the ass-kicking contest, as Brown dropped Zane, who came up saying that he couldn’t see (he had a cut on his eyelid), and that was the fight. Unbelievable. BKFC is a roller coaster.
  • Lorenzo Hunt KO-4 Rob Morrow (Heavyweight): This was shaping up to be something of a snoozer, and really it was. Morrow (0-2) didn’t want anything in close with Hunt, and Hunt (5-1, 5 KO) showed no ability to cut down Morrow’s distance for four rounds. But then right at the end of the fourth, Hunt finally made a real rush, got inside, and the difference in power and speed showed fast, proving why Morrow didn’t want to trade with Hunt at all. Hunt started throwing shots, landed a clean right that probably would have ended it alone, but a left hook came in right after it as Morrow was already dropping, and that was that.
  • John Chalbeck KO-3 Greg Bono (145 lbs): Debut fight for both. Bono had a very old timey style with his defensive stance and his overall technique, and got dropped in the first round by Chalbeck. But we got into the third, with Bono turning things up a bit in the second, then getting absolutely drilled by a right hand early in the third that clearly broke something in his face, with his cheek and eye swelling up. Could be an orbital, but it was just a brutal shot. Bono tried to stay up, but he had to go down, and he was done on the 10-count. Turned into a good fight, but one shot ended it, basically.
  • Haim Gozali KO-2 John McAllister (205 lbs): Gozali, an MMA veteran who had come in winning his last five in that sport, including a pair of fights in Bellator in 2019, had a terrible start here. Not the worst start, but he looked lousy in round one, and at 47, it was worth wondering if he was just shot coming into a new type of fight. But McAllister fell to 0-5 in bare knuckle, as Gozali dropped him twice and got the second round stoppage. McAllister had the best round of his bare knuckle career in the first, hurt Gozali in the opening round, and then just lost the flow. McAllister was clearly emotional after, not angry with anyone but himself, it seemed. He really gave a great effort but the losing streak was extended. In all reality, McAllister should have been stopped after the first knockdown, but the referee gave him a shot, and he went down again.
  • Dillon Cleckler KO-1 Chris Jensen (Heavyweight): Cleckler (2-0, 2 KO) is 39 years old, a big, bad lookin’ man, looks like a henchman in a villain crew in an action movie. He’s gonna get what’s for from Bruce Willis or JCVD, but there will be a moment where they say, either out loud or with their eyes, “Oh boy, look at this lad.” Anyway, Cleckler landed a body shot that doubled Jensen (1-1, 1 KO) over bad, and Jensen couldn’t answer the count. It was a nasty shot, Jensen has nothing to be ashamed of with that, he got bare knuckle busted in the ribs by a big, strong dude.
  • Taylor Starling UD-5 Charisa Sigala (125 lbs): A violent bloodbath of a pay-per-view opener, really set a tone for those new to bare knuckle boxing. Both were making their bare knuckle debut here, and showed tons of heart and grit. Starling dropped Sigala twice, once in each of the first two rounds, and a simple 1-2 from distance — mainly the “2” — kept her in control most of the fight. Scores were 49-44, 50-43, and 50-43. The two got a great ovation from the socially distanced crowd in Florida, and deserved every bit of it. All action, start to finish. A terrific scrap.

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