John Michael Escoboza is ready to stand tall at BKFC 57

John Michael Escoboza is ready to stand tall at BKFC 57

Monday, Jan 08 2024 by BKFC Staff

John Michael Escoboza stands tall in the BKFC Squared Circle.

At 6-foot-3 with a 77-inch reach, he’ll effectively tower over Isaac Doolittle (3-1-1) when they clash at BKFC 57 on Feb. 2 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL, LIVE on The BKFC App. Doolittle stands 5-foot-8 and gives up a 10-inch reach disadvantage to Escoboza.

Escoboza believes his size advantage will play a big role on fight night.

“It’s going to be a huge factor. He’s a tough guy who comes forward and likes to bully guys. He’s a high-level grappler, so he’s good at fighting on the inside,” the Tamarac, FL fighter says.

“Controlling the distance is going to be a huge factor, so I can keep him where he can’t hit me. I have to bully him from the outside – I can’t let him get inside and try to bully me.”

Escoboza is hunting for his second straight victory and trying to improve his overall bare knuckle fighting record to 9-1. Doolittle is the No. 3 contender in the bustling BKFC light-heavyweight division, so the unranked Escoboza knows a big win will help him earn a shot at BKFC gold in 2024.

Also fighting at BKFC 57, LIVE on The BKFC App, is Escoboza’s teammate, the fast-rising lightweight Bryce Henry. Henry looks to earn a fourth straight finish and climb to 4-0 against UFC vet Robbie Peralta (3-0) in the night’s Co-Main Event.

Escoboza marvels at Henry’s talent, and says it’s just a matter of time until they’re both holding BKFC World Championships.

But who will strike gold first?

“It just depends on who gets the first shot,” he says with a laugh. “Hopefully we can get it done on the same night.”