UFC veterans Artem Lobov and Jason Knight put on one of the best fights you will see all year in the main event of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships 5 on Saturday, April 7 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. The two men went toe-to-toe for five rounds in an epic war that left the crowd on their feet.
Ultimately, it was Lobov, the close friend and training partner of former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor, who came out on top with a unanimous decision victory.
After the fight, both men were predictably transported to the hospital.
As is often the case in combat sports, we were treated to some incredible photos from the hospital rooms that show off just how much damage was taken during the all-out brawl. And, well, let’s just say that these two men are now looking like some real-life zombies.
Check out their battle wounds from Bare Knuckle FC 5 below.
Any plaster lads??? pic.twitter.com/JnivAMyMUy
— Artem Lobov (@RusHammerMMA) April 7, 2019
— Jason TheKid Knight (@Jasonthekid23) April 7, 2019
With his win, Lobov has set up a headlining bout against former boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi on June 22, according to BKFC president David Feldman.
In the co-main event, Chris Leben scored a first-round knockout over Justin Baesman in less than thirty seconds, while fellow UFC veterans Isaac Vallie-Flagg and Johnny Bedford also scored stoppage victories.
The full results from Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 5 can be seen below.
Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 5 Results
- Artem Lobov def. Jason Knight via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-46).
- Chris Leben def. Justin Baesman via KO – Round 1, 0:25
- Christine Ferea def. Britain Hart via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) — Round 2, 1:09 (Ferea wins American women’s featherweight title)
- Chase Sherman vs. Sam Shewmaker, split draw (50-45, 47-48, 48-48)
- Reggie Barnett def. Rusty Crowder in a lightweight tournament semifinal via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)
- Isaac Vallie-Flagg def. Randy Hederick via TKO — Round 3, 1:22
- Johnny Bedford def. Abdiel Velasquez in a lightweight tournament semifinal via KO —Round 4, 0:15
- Harris Stephenson def. Khalib Harris via split decision (50-47, 47-48, 49-46)
- Sheena Starr def. Ivana Coleman via KO —Round 2, 0:37
- Bobo O’Bannon def. Troy Beets via TKO — Round 4