BKFC 49 Rankings Report

BKFC 49 Rankings Report

Saturday, Aug 19 2023 by BKFC Staff

Five fighters ranked in the Top 5 of their respective weight classes return to the Squared Circle on Aug. 25 at BKFC 49 in Miami, LIVE on The BKFC App. 

x Gorjan "GoGo" Slaveski is the No. 1 contender in the BKFC welterweight division. He upped his perfect record to 5-0 in the Main Event of BKFC 35 in January, when he defeated UFC vet Yosdenis Cedeno via fourth-round finish. Four of his five victories in the Squared Circle have come by stoppage, including two in the first round. Slaveski also boasts a pro boxing record of 8-2, with five wins by KO. He takes on Jake Lindsey in the Main Event of BKFC 49.

x Jake “Gypsy” Lindsey is the No. 2 contender in the BKFC welterweight division. Lindsey has finished his first four opponents under the BKFC banner. The UFC vet is riding high after his fourth-round stoppage over Connor Tierney in the BKFC 37 Main Event in March. He holds another notable victory in the Squared Circle over fellow former MMA star Brandon Girtz. He also has five KO victories on his MMA resume.

x Jarod “Kid Gatti” Grant is the No. 1 contender in the BKFC bantamweight division. The former BKFC Interim World Bantamweight Champion began his BKFC career with five straight victories. He's looking to return to the win column after back-to-back losses to BKFC World Bantamweight Champion Reggie Barnett Jr. and BKFC World Flyweight Champion John Dodson. Four of his five wins have come by stoppage. 

x Howard "HD" Davis is the No. 2 contender in the BKFC featherweight division. Davis is 4-1-1 on the strength of back-to-back stoppage victories. All but one of his wins have come by finish, and his only loss came via cut to No. 1 featherweight contender Louie Lopez. He holds a notable victory over No. 4 contender Rusty Crowder. He returns to action against Jeff Chiffens (4-5, 4 KOs).

x Tom "A Gentleman of Violence" Shoaff shares the No. 4 contender spot in the BKFC lightweight division with Tony Soto. He's earned stoppage victories in three of his past four, with his sole loss since 2020 coming via eye injury to Luis Palomino in their BKFC World Lightweight Championship showdown in the Main Event of BKFC 34 in December. Shoaff, who made his BKFC debut at BKFC 2 in 2018, is 4-4, with all of his wins coming via stoppage. The Bellator vet is also 11-4 in the cage, with five KOs. He takes on the unbeaten Bryce Henry (2-0, 2 KOs), who's also 6-0 with four KOs as a professional boxer.