Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 43 went down Friday evening at the packed Liberty First Credit Union Arena in Omaha, NE – and the fighters delivered a show for the ages, LIVE on The BKFC App.
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting fights of the year took place in the BKFC 43 Main Event. In what can only be accurately described as a back-and-forth battle for the ages, Houston "The Assassin" Alexander proved that age is just a number. The 51-year-old UFC vet dug deep to improve to 4-0 under the BKFC banner with a hard-fought Unanimous Decision victory over Jeremy "Pitbull" Smith in their highly anticipated cruiserweight showdown. Alexander, the No. 3 contender in the BKFC cruiserweight division, was riding high with three straight KOs heading into Friday’s action, while the No. 4-ranked Smith was 3-0 with a pair of KOs in his BKFC fights.
In the hotly anticipated BKFC 43 Co-Main Event, Dakota Cochrane made an entry for “Knockout of the Year” honors with his first-round, one-punch KO over Noah Cutter in the middleweight division. With the 56-second win – the fastest finish of Cochrane’s extended bare knuckle fighting career – he improved to 5-2 with three KOs. Cutter fell to 3-6 with the loss. Cochrane, a winner of two straight, is hungry to prove he belongs among the best middleweights under the BKFC banner: “I’m always ready. One day, two days, 100 days – I don’t give a (expletive). Let’s go.”
In the Feature Fight, former UFC headliner Jimmie “El Terror” Rivera earned the first win of his BKFC career, defeating the debuting Bekhzod “Lion” Usmonov in featherweight action. With the win, Rivera climbed to 1-0-1.
In a battle of exciting lightweights, Sean “P-Town” Wilson returned to the win column with a one-sided Unanimous Decision victory over Brandon Meyer. Wilson is now 3-1, while Meyer drops to 1-1.
Alonzo “AAA” Martinez smashed his way to 3-0 in the Squared Circle by defeating Jeremy Sauceda via TKO (corner stoppage) at the end of the fourth round of their light-heavyweight match. Sauceda fell to 1-1.
Carlos “Uzumaki” Trinidad-Snake cemented his status as one of the most dangerous fighters in the stacked BKFC welterweight division with his Unanimous Decision victory over former division champ Elvin "El Bandido" Brito, who entered fight night as the No. 1 contender in the weight class. Trinidad-Snake upped his perfect record to 4-0, while Brito fell to 5-4 with his second straight loss in the Squared Circle.
Fast-rising cruiserweight prospect Ryan Braun needed just 17 seconds to take out the debuting Andrew Potter via knockout. Braun is now 2-0, with both of his victories coming by first-round stoppage.
Top Canadian prospect Jade “Evil Smile” Masson-Wong climbed to 2-1 under the BKFC banner with a Unanimous Decision victory over former BKFC World Women’s Flyweight Championship challenger Taylor “Killa Bee” Starling. Starling, who entered fight night as the No. 2 contender in the division, has now lost back-to-back fights after starting her BKFC career with three straight wins.
Jeff Souder opened the BKFC 43 Main Card with a decisive Unanimous Decision victory over Idrees “Grumpy Bear” Wasi in their cruiserweight matchup. The former University of Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker improved to 2-1, while Wasi fell to 1-2.
In one of the more odd finishes of the year, top South African prospect Tommy “The Farmer” Strydom knocked out Josh Krejci with a shoulder strike, finishing their featherweight bout in Round 2 (1:31). Strydom is now 2-0, and Krejci is 1-1.
Esteban “Mohawk” Rodriguez continued to establish himself as a legitimate light-heavyweight prospect as he knocked down opponent Jaquis Williams three times en route to winning by TKO in 86 seconds. He climbed to 2-0 with a second straight finish, while Williams fell to 0-1.
To open the card, the debuting Corey “Pitbull” Roberts defeated his former grappling instructor and former MMA opponent, TJ Benson, via KO 45 seconds into the second round of their featherweight matchup. Benson’s BKFC record dropped to 0-3.
BKFC 43 Main Card Results
Houston Alexander defeated Jeremy Smith via Unanimous Decision
Dakota Cochrane def. Noah Cutter via KO in Round 1 (:56)
Jimmie Rivera def. Bekhzod Usmonov via Unanimous Decision
Sean Wilson def. Brandon Meyer via Unanimous Decision
Alonzo Martinez def. Jeremy Sauceda via corner stoppage TKO in Round 4 (2:00)
Carlos Trinidad-Snake def. Elvin Brito via Unanimous Decision
Ryan Braun def. Andrew Potter via KO in Round 1 (:17)
Jade Masson-Wong def. Taylor Starling via Unanimous Decision
Jeff Souder def. Idrees Wasi via Unanimous Decision
BKFC 43 Preliminary Card Results
Tommy Strydom def. Josh Krejci via KO in Round 2 (1:31)
Esteban Rodriguez def. Jaquis Williams by TKO in Round 1 (1:26)
Corey Roberts def. TJ Benson via KO in Round 2 (:45)