Bare-knuckle MMA makes its debut tonight with Gamebred Fighting Championship 1. As the name suggests, the promotion is owned and overseen by “Gamebred” himself, UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal. If its boxing counterpart, the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, is any indicator, this new sport should exude violence not only on the feet, but also on the ground. The ground game should be especially interesting with no gloves, both in terms of ground strikes and grappling.
Gamebred Fighting Championship 1 takes place in Biloxi, Mississippi, the home site of BKFC’s inaugural event. The event is headlined by a featherweight showdown between former UFC and BKFC competitor Jason Knight and PRIDE veteran and fan favorite “Felony” Charles Bennett. While the fighters may seem like polar opposites to the eye, both fighters are always ready for a scrap and are unafraid to say what is on their mind. Mississippi native Knight is riding a three fight winning streak across three separate combat sports, which snapped a five-fight losing streak. Bennett is currently riding a 15-fight losing streak across multiple combat sports.
Knight’s most recent win came at iKON 5 in March against Cliff Wright. Wright will now precede him on this card in the co-main event, facing Dana White Contender Series and UFC veteran Brok Weaver at welterweight. Wright has lost five of his last six in MMA, as well as a loss in BKFC last year. Meanwhile, Weaver rebounded from his UFC release with a dominant decision victory in the iKON 6 main event in April.
Elsewhere on the Gamebred Fighting Championship 1 card, the first women’s bare-knuckle MMA fight takes place as Danielle Wynn takes on Mississippi’s own Monica Medina. Meanwhile, LFA and Bellator veteran Joel Bauman will face Brandon Johnson at middleweight.
Egyptian Olympic wrestler Mahmoud Sebie also returns for the second week in a row. After his debut win at XMMA‘s inaugural event, Sebie picked up where he left off last week at iKON 7 by grabbing a quick TKO win and leaving the fight unscathed. He will look to move to 3-0 as he fights “The Genetic Freak” Eric Thompson, a 30-fight MMA veteran.
Gamebred Fighting Championship 1 Results
Jason Knight def. Charles Bennett via submission (rear-naked choke), 2:04 of Round 1
Brok Weaver def. Cliff Wright via TKO (ground and pound), 2:38 of Round 2
Joel Bauman def. Brandon Johnson via KO (knee and punches), 3:00 of Round 1
Wesley Golden def. Javanis Ross via submission (armbar), 0:45 of Round 2
Joshua Weems def. Isaac Ruelas via split decision (30-26, 28-29, 29-28)
Danielle Wynn def. Monica Medina via submission (rear-naked choke), 2:04 of Round 1
Mahmoud Sebie def. Eric Thompson via TKO (ground and pound), 1:19 of Round 1
Charlie Decca def. Bobby Taylor via submission (rear-naked choke), 2:10 of Round 2
Dennis LaBruzza def. Yaya Olorunsola via KO (punch), Round 1
SD Dumas def. Demarcus Kemp via TKO (liver kick)