BKFC 21: Houston Alexander Narrowly Avoids DQ in Bare Knuckle Debut

Wes Combs and Houston Alexander, BKFC 21
Wes Combs and Houston Alexander, BKFC 21 Credit: Bare Knuckle FC

Houston Alexander may be best known to combat sports fans for his UFC and Bellator MMA runs. And it seems his MMA instincts are still intact, following a controversial debut for Bare Knuckle FC on Friday night.

Alexander (17-16-1, 1NC MMA) entered his BKFC 21 fight having not competed in the cage since 2017. However, the former UFC fighter still looked the part, and found an opening early on opponent Wes Combs, flooring him in just over half a minute.

The only problem? Alexander followed up the knockout with a devastating ground strike as Combs pretty much stared up at the ceiling blankly. It’s a move that would be perfectly understandable in MMA, where you don’t stop until the ref steps in. In bare knuckle boxing, however, there are no ground strikes.

See the action for yourself below.

Despite what was obviously a foul, the athletic commission in Nebraska appear to have let the victory stand. And it’s clear the fight was a done deal regardless — it’s just unfortunate to see Combs take the extra, unnecessary punishment.

Friday’s BKFC 21 card also included a number of other MMA notables, including Bellator vet Mike Richman becoming the first man to defeat Dakota Cochrane in bare knuckle.

BKFC 21 Results

Main Card

Mike Richman def. Dakota Cochrane by knockout, Round 2, 0:37
Josh Burns def. Sam Shewmaker by knockout, Round 1, 0:19
Houston Alexander def. Wes Combs by knockout, Round 1, 0:34
Ryan Roberts def. Jorge Gonzalez by knockout, Round 2, 0:29
Jason High def. Rocky Long by TKO (punches), Round 1, 1:59
Sean Wilson def. Will Shutt by TKO (punches), Round 1, 1:21
Cody Land def. TJ Benson by knockout, Round 2, 1:29
JC Deleon def. Keilen Fantroy by TKO (punches), Round 2, 1:36

Preliminary Card

Erick Murray def. Robert Guzman by TKO (doctor’s stoppage), Round 2, 1:52
Carlos Trinidad-Snake def. Noah Cutter by knockout, Round 1, 0:38
Jeff Souder def. Adam Valcourt by knockout, Round 2, 0:49