While Bellator and the UFC were keeping MMA fans busy this weekend, Bare Knuckle FC was trotting out its most recent big signing for fans of fisticuffs in general. That was Thiago Alves, who exited the UFC last year, and signed on with the growing bare knuckle boxing outfit. His debut came at BKFC 12 on Friday.
Alves had been all set to take on Phil Baroni, until Baroni failed to provide medicals in a timely fashion, and left the promotion unable to reach him. After losing contact with a main event fighter, Julian Lane of “Let me Bang, Bro!” fame was brought in to welcome Alves to bare knuckle.
The end result was a split decision win for Alves in his debut. It was the co-main event, however, that may have stolen the show. Former UFC fighter and Bellator MMA champ Hector Lombard faced another UFC vet, Kendall Grove — and flattened him in less than two minutes.
Hector Lombard finishes Kendall Grove #BKFC12 @_GrabakaHitman pic.twitter.com/xQ9m2eqkAg
— Josh (@LilHodko) September 12, 2020
While he picked up the win, it was not an easy night at his new office for Thiago “Pitbull” Alves.
Damnn Thiago Alves' eye after the fight pic.twitter.com/REoQgcNZHW
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 12, 2020
Full results form the event can be found below
BKFC 12: Alves vs. Lane Results
Thiago Alves def. Julian Lane by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Hector Lombard def. Kendall Grove by TKO (punch), Round 1, 1:50
Reggie Barnett Jr def. Abdiel Velazquez by unanimous decision (50-43, 50-43, 50-43)
Christine Ferea def. Calie Cutler by TKO (strikes), Round 2, 1:27
Lorenzo Hunt def. Erick Lozano by KO (punch), Round 3, 1:58
Josh Dyer def. Jarred Warren by TKO (referee stoppage), Round 3, 1:16
Joe Elmore def. Tom Shoaff by unanimous decision (49-42, 49-42, 49-43)
Jarod Grant def. Joshua Bourdreaux by TKO (referee stoppage), Round 2, 1:23
Kenmon Evans def. Robert Washington by KO (punch), Round 1:39
Rusty Crowder def. Jacob Brunelle by unanimous decision (47-45, 47-45, 48-44)