Bare Knuckle FC returned to action Saturday night in Tampa, Florida, with BKFC 8 on a night devoid of meaningful combat sports attractions.
If nothing else, BKFC 8 was set to take advantage of a rare Saturday night lacking MMA or boxing action. The UFC hosted a rare Friday night show this weekend, and the only notable boxing action was across the pond, with the Robbie Davies Jnr vs. Lewis Ritson card getting a 2PM start time for North American viewers.
End result, if you were fully subscribed to the idea that Saturday night is meant for fighting, then BKFC 8 was your fix.
The bare knuckle boxing show was headlined by Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva taking on Gabriel Gonzaga, two former UFC heavyweights getting a little long in the tooth. Silva’s MMA career peaked when he fought Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight championship at UFC 160. Or maybe it peaked with his knockout of Alistair Overeem to earn that shot. Either way, the man who once stopped Fedor Emelianenko ended his MMA run 1-7, and hadn’t fought since June 2017 in MMA (he also came up short in a GLORY kickboxing bout that October).
Gonzaga, at least, had fared slightly better, finishing out his MMA career on a two-fight skid. Another former UFC title challenger, he last fought for Russian Cagefighting Championship in May of last year.
No takedowns, no submissions, just two massive heavyweights — 280lb+ Silva vs. 260lb Gonzaga — throwing with ill intent.
Also on the card, ‘Lemme Bang, Bro’ legend Julian Lane squaring off with UFC vet Jim Alers.
Live results from BKFC 8 can be found below as they happen! BKFC 8 live on FITE TV
Bare Knuckle FC 8: Silva vs. Gonzaga Results
Antonio Silva vs. Gabriel Gonzaga………….Gabriel Gonzaga defeated Antonio Silva via KO in round two at 1:50
Jim Alers vs. Julian Lane………….Jim Alers defeated Julian Lane via TKO in round two at 0:53
Dat Nguyen vs. Travis Thompson………….Dat Nguyen defeated Travis Thompson via unanimous decision
Abdiel Velazquez vs. Rick Caruso………….Abdiel Velazquez defeated Rick Caruso via TKO in round two at 0:11
Reggie Pena vs. Lorenzo Hunt…………. Lorenzo Hunt defeated Reggie Pena via TKO doctor stoppage in round three at 2:00
Joey Angelo vs. Walber Barros………….Joey Angelo defeated Walber Barros via split decision
Delandy Owen vs. Sheena Star………….Delandy Owen defeated Sheena Star via TKO in round two at 1:01
Dave Mundell vs. Ronnie Forney………….Dave Mundell defeated Ronnie Forney via TKO in round two at 1:09
Gustavo Trujillo vs. Robert Morrow………….Gustavo Trujillo defeated Robert Morrow via KO in round one at 0:35
Jared Warren vs. Brian Maxwell………….Jared Warren defeated Brian Maxwell via KO in round one at 1:59
Zach Juusola vs. Fred Pierce………….Zach Juusola defeated Fred Pierce via KO in round two at 0:33