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Manassas, VA (February 16, 2024) Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC), The World’s Fastest Growing Combat Sports Promotion, debuted in Manassas, VA with an action-packed BKFC Prospect Series event at the sold-out Salisbury Center on Friday night.

In the main event on Friday night, Brandon "The Shredder" Shavers knocked out Stanislav Grosu in the fourth round of their highly anticipated middleweight matchup. The Jena, LA product Shavers picked himself up off the canvas in the second round before dropping Sterling, VA’s Grosu twice in the fourth frame. Time of the stoppage was 1:32. With the win, Shavers improved to 2-1 in the squared circle, while Grosu saw his record drop to 3-3.


"We've been in the gym putting in work every single day, and we want to stay active. I'm only getting better when I'm getting in here more,” Shavers told the jam-packed Salisbury Center.

In the co-main event, Indianapolis, IN native Cameron "Jumpman" VanCamp brought home his first BKFC victory with a knockout over the debuting Micah "See Me" Terrill of Millersville, MD in their middleweight showdown. The fight was stopped 25 seconds into the second round. VanCamp is now 1-1 in BKFC.

"I've just got to keep working,” the UFC vet VanCamp told the sold-out Salisbury Center. “Everything is starting to click now. I came here, I beat him in his hometown up a weight class ... I'd say that's worth a bonus."

Gloucester, MA’s Zach "Shark Attack" Calmus earned his second straight BKFC victory with a technical knockout over Washington, D.C.’s Josh "The Predator" Freeman. The fight was stopped at the conclusion of the third round after Freeman injured his hand and couldn’t continue. Calmus is now 3-2 in the BKFC heavyweight division, while Freeman’s record falls to 0-1.

Russian Murat Kilimetov dropped Tre "The Truth" Cook of Winchester, VA four times before their cruiserweight battle was stopped nine seconds into the second round.

James “Get Down” Brown is now 3-0 in BKFC after the Wilmington, NC featherweight stopped Ukraine’s Bovar "The Gladiator" Khanakov via technical knockout in their featherweight matchup. The highly entertaining bout was called to a halt by the ringside physician at the conclusion of the third round. Brown entered fight night as the number four ranked contender in the BKFC featherweight division. Khanakov is now 1-2.

Joe "Ruthless" Ray of Martinsville, VA sent Bellefontaine, OH’s Paul "The Zombie Cowboy" Shough to the canvas three times enroute to the second-round knockout victory in their back-and-forth heavyweight bout. Time of the stoppage was 1:50. Ray is now 1-0 under the BKFC banner, while Shough’s record drops to 1-2.


Waldorf, MD middleweight prospect Shawn “The Midnight Express” Brooks turned heads in his BKFC debut with a third-round knockout against Las Vegas’ JorDan "The Haymaker" Christensen. Brooks, a former Marine, dropped Christensen twice in the third round. Christensen’s record fell to 2-4 with the loss.

Crystal “The Lovely” Van Wyk dug deep to earn a unanimous decision victory over "Crazy" Cristina Crist in their action-packed women’s flyweight showdown. Van Wyk, who hails from Rock Hill, SC by way of Cape Town, South Africa, is now 1-0, while the Rockwall, TX product Crist is now 0-2.

In the Van Wyk-Crist matchup, Michelle Myers made history as the first female referee in BKFC history.

Atlanta’s Nathan Rivera smashed his way to 2-0 under the BKFC banner with a first-round KO at the expense of Murphy, NC’s Dustin "Elmo" Garrett. Time of the stoppage was 1:22 of the opening frame. Garrett’s record fell to 0-1 with the loss.


Laurel, MD’s Cary "Cap Vs. The World" Caprio improved to 2-1 in BKFC with a physician stoppage technical knockout over St. Louis, MO’s “Savage” Mike Livingston. The bantamweight bout was called to a halt at the conclusion of the second round.

BKFC Prospect Series Results

Brandon Shavers def. Stanislav Grosu via KO in Round 4 (1:32)

Cameron VanCamp def. Micah Terrill via KO in Round 2 (0:25)

Zach Calmus def. Joshua Freeman via TKO in Round 3 (2:00)

Murat Kilimetov def. Tre Cook via KO in Round 2 (0:09)

James Brown def. Bovar Khanakov via TKO (physician stoppage) in Round 3 (2:00)

Joe Ray def. Paul Shough via KO in Round 2 (1:50)

Shawn Brooks def. Jordan Christensen via KO in Round 3 (0:52)

Crystal Van Wyk def. Crystal Lawson via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 49-46x2)

Nathan Rivera def. Dustin Garrett via KO in Round 1 (1:22)

Cary Caprio def. Mike Livingston via TKO (physician stoppage) in Round 2 (2:00)


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About Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC)

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) is the first promotion allowed to hold a legal, sanctioned, and regulated bare knuckle event in the United States since 1889. Based in Philadelphia, and headed by President and former professional boxer David Feldman, BKFC is dedicated to preserving the historical legacy of bare knuckle fighting, while utilizing a specifically created rule set that emphasizes fighter safety. BKFC holds all of its bouts in a revolutionary circular four-rope ring, designed to encourage fast-paced and exciting bouts. The patented BKFC “Squared Circle” contains scratch lines, based on the Broughton Rules which governed bare knuckle fighting in the 19th century, and which requires fighters to “Toe the Line”: start every round face to face, and just inches apart.


In BKFC, only those fighters who are established professionals in boxing, MMA, kickboxing, or Muay Thai are allowed to compete. The referees and judges are required to have extensive professional combat sports experience. All fights are held under the auspices and control of an Athletic Commission. Unlike other fighting organizations and combat sports internationally which claim to be “bare knuckle”, but require wraps, tape, and gauze; BKFC is true to its word as fighters are not allowed to wrap their hands to within one inch of the knuckle. This makes BKFC unquestionably the truest form of bare knuckle fighting. BKFC is dedicated to not just creating the safest, most exciting, and highest-level bare-knuckle fighting organization in the world, it’s also leading the way for a new fully recognized professional combat sport. BKFC is truly the sport of the future, which fully respects its remarkable past.