The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship returns in a brand new way tonight as the American promotion makes its first international foray with BKFC Thailand 1. The organization plans on having BKFC Thailand be its own promotion that would serve as an offshoot of the original. Its inaugural event, also dubbed “The Game Changer”, takes place at the Pattaya Event and Convention Hall, also known as the PEACH.
In the main event, experienced British bare-knuckle boxer Tee Jay Chang is set to face short-notice replacement Keivan Soleimani, a longtime Lethwei professional. For those unfamiliar, Lethwei is similar to Muay Thai but normally bare-knuckle with headbutts allowed. The co-main event brings Sirimongkhon Lamthuan to the BKFC ring against Iranian Reza Goodary. Lamthuan is a legendary former WBC, WBA, WBU, and IBO world boxing champion, while Goodary has competed in nearly 300 professional bare-knuckle full-contact Karate matches.
Elsewhere on the card, Lethwei world champion Souris Manfredi of France will face boxing and Muay Thai veteran Saowaluk Nareepaengsri in the only women’s fight of the night, while Olympic silver medalist in wrestling Arash Mardani faces Russian MMA veteran Zelemkhan Mukushev. With the card being in the birthplace of Muay Thai, many fighters of that discipline litter the card.
MMA Sucka has fight fans covered with BKFC Thailand 1 results, with the event airing on tape delay at 8pm ET/5pm PT on BKTV.
BKFC Thailand 1 Results
Keivan Soleimani def. Tee Jay Chang via KO (Left Hook) at 0:30 of Round 1
Sirimongkhon Lamthuan def. Reza Goodary via Split Decision
Boonsom Klinmee def. Jonny Tello via Split Decision
Pongpisan Chunyong def. Victor Booty via TKO (Referee’s Stoppage) at 1:48 of Round 3
Reza Ahmadzezhad def. Thoedsak Sinam via Split Decision
Jean Carlos Pereira def. Johan Van De Hel via Unanimous Decision
Souris Manfredi def. Saowaluk Nareepaengsri via KO (Jab) at 0:23 of Round 3
Arash Mardani def. Zelemkhan Mukushev via TKO (Injury) at 0:15 of Round 2
Sarun Srioumboo def. Pipat Mike Chaiporn via Unanimous Decision
Surasak Sukkhamcha def. Ermek Kumachaev via Unanimous Decision
Sominong War def. Surachat Srirod via KO (Left Uppercut) at 1:27 of Round 2