Lorenzo “The Juggernaut” Hunt defended his Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship World Cruiserweight Championship for the first time with a Split Decision over Chris Camozzi in the Main Event of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 50 on Friday, Sept. 22 at 1stBank Center in Denver, LIVE on The BKFC App.
The judges scored the hard-fought, back-and-forth bout 48-47, 47-48, 49-46 in favor of Hunt, who improved to 11-1 with the victory. With the win – Hunt’s ninth in a row – ”The Juggernaut” tied Luis Palomino for the longest winning streak in BKFC history. Hunt, who is also the BKFC World Light-Heavyweight Championship, entered fight night as the No. 2 fighter on the BKFC Pound-for-Pound rankings. Camozzi, a 20-time UFC vet, fell to 2-1 in the Squared Circle after notching first-round stoppage victories in his first two outings for BKFC.
“Chris Camozzi has the career that I wanted. I was passed up by the UFC, I was passed up by other organizations. Thank you to David Feldman and the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship for making my dream come true. Thank you, Denver, for having me,” an elated Hunt told the sold-out 1stBank Center crowd in Denver. “I’m the best bare knuckle fighter in the world – I will die before I quit!”
In the BKFC 50 Co-Main Event, Josh Copeland earned his second victory in the Squared Circle with a TKO over former World Boxing Association champ Steve Herelius in BKFC's stacked heavyweight division. The bout was stopped 1:43 into the third round. Copeland upped his record to 2-1, while Herelius fell to 1-1.
“I give all the glory to God–he’s the reason I’m still here today,” Copeland told the rabid 1stBank Center crowd. “I love you, Denver.”
In the Feature Fight of the night, Marcus Edwards earned a convincing Unanimous Decision victory over Michael Manno in their middleweight showdown, with all three judges scoring the bout 50-45. Edwards climbed to 2-0 with the win, while Manno fell to 1-1.
Fast-rising cruiserweight Keegan Vandermeer turned heads with his second straight, first-round finish over Dillon Winemiller, who entered fight night riding high with back-to-back stoppage victories. Vandermeer scored the KO at the one-minute mark. Winemiller’s record dropped to 2-2.
Andrew Angelcor improved his BKFC record to 3-0-1 when his lightweight bout with the debuting Brett Hudson was called to a halt by doctors after a nasty cut opened above Hudson’s eye, rendering him unable to continue. The fight was called 69 seconds into the first round.
Top light-heavyweight prospect Tony Jenkins cruised to 3-0 under the BKFC banner with a first-round standing TKO victory over the debuting Brian Maronek.
Andrew Yates improved to 2-0 in the Squared Circle with a hard-fought Unanimous Decision victory over Christian Torres in their welterweight bout. The judges all scored it 48-47. With the loss, Torres’ record fell to 2-5.
In women’s bantamweight action, Monica Franco edged Khortni Kamyron via Split Decision to take home the victory in her Squared Circle debut. Judges scored the bout 46-49, 48-46, 48-47. Kamyron is now 1-1-1 after suffering the first loss of her BKFC career.
After a back-and-forth opening round in which both fighters were knocked to the canvas, debuting flyweight Andrew Strode earned the TKO win over Cary Caprio 40 seconds into the second round of their bout that opened the Main Card. Caprio’s record dropped to 1-1 with the loss.
In the final fight of the BKFC 50 Preliminary Card, Dom Carey was awarded the win via Disqualification just 38 seconds into his flyweight bout with Angelo Trujillo after Trujillo landed a barrage of illegal strikes to the downed Carey. Both fighters were making their BKFC debut.
In his BKFC debut, the 6-foot-6 LaMont Stafford utilized his nine-inch height advantage to take out Gabriel Mota via KO 40 seconds into the third round of their heavyweight contest. Mota’s BKFC record fell to 1-2 with the loss.
To kick off the proceedings at 1stBank Center, Zeb Vincent earned his first BKFC victory with a 59-second KO over the debuting Jessie Stalder in their middleweight matchup. Vincent improved to 1-1 with the win.
BKFC 50 Main Card Results
(c) Lorenzo Hunt defeated Chris Camozzi via Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)
Hunt retains BKFC World Cruiserweight Title
Josh Copeland def. Steve Herelius via TKO in Round 3 (1:43)
Marcus Edwards def. Michael Manno via Unanimous Decision (50-45x3)
Keegan Vandermeer def. Dillon Winemiller via KO in Round 1 (1:00)
Andrew Angelcor def. Brett Hudson via TKO in Round 1 (1:09)
Tony Jenkins def. Brian Maronek via TKO in Round 1 (1:18)
Andrew Yates def. Christian Torres via Unanimous Decision (48-47x3)
Monica Franco def. Khortni Kamyron via Split Decision (46-49, 48-46, 48-47)
Andrew Strode def. Cary Caprio via TKO in Round 2 (0:40)
BKFC 50 Preliminary Card Results
Dom Carey def. Angelo Trujillo via DQ in Round 1 (0:38)
LaMont Stafford def. Gabriel Mota via KO in Round 3 (0:40)
Zeb Vincent def. Jessie Stalder via KO in Round 1 (0:59)