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Dakota Cochrane and Stanislav Grosu Score Show-Stopping Knockout Victories


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Omaha, NE (May 17, 2024) Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC), The World’s Fastest Growing Combat Sports Promotion, delivered a night of incredible action with BKFC Fight Night Omaha on Friday at the sold-out Liberty First Credit Union Arena in Omaha, NE. The event was streamed globally on The BKFC App.


In the main event, Omaha’s own Carlos Trinidad-Snake cruised to 5-0 with a first-round technical knockout over Dustin “The Disciple” Pague in their battle of world-class welterweight contenders. The bout was called to a halt at the conclusion of the first round after Pague suffered a serious jaw injury and was unable to continue. 


Trinidad-Snake, who entered fight night as the #2 contender in the BKFC welterweight division, called out BKFC World Welterweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout in his post-fight interview.


“Austin Trout, you ain’t (expletive). You’ve got nothing for me, dude. You’re holding my belt, and I’m coming for it at the end of the year,” a fired-up Trinidad-Snake told the jam-packed venue.


Pague, who hails from Carlisle, PA and entered the bout as the #4 contender in the division, is now 3-2 under the BKFC banner.


In the co-main event, Dakota Cochrane proved that he’s still one of the best middleweight bare knuckle fighters on the planet as he notched his third straight victory over the previously undefeated Jeremie “Hit Em” Holloway of Conover, NC. The fan-favorite Omaha fighter secured tonight’s win with a knockout just 42 seconds into the second round. Cochrane, who entered fight night as the #5 contender in the BKFC middleweight division, improved to 6-2 with the victory and called out BKFC World Middleweight Champion David “Redneck” Mundell in his post-fight interview. Holloway is now 1-1-1 with the loss.


In the evening’s feature fight, Stanislav Grosu defeated the previously unbeaten Alonzo "The Mexican Rhino" Martinez via second-round TKO in middleweight action. Time of the stoppage was 1:24. Grosu dropped Martinez twice in the second round. The Moldovan-born Sterling, VA fighter is now 4-3 under the BKFC banner, while the Omaha-based Martinez falls to 3-1.


Phoenix, AZ’s Dr. Sarah Shell is now 2-0 in her BKFC career after earning the unanimous decision against South African-born Rock Hill, SC fighter Crystal "The Lovely" Van Wyk in women’s strawweight action. Shell dropped Van Wyk in the first round, which helped sway the judges, who all scored it 50-44. Van Wyk is now 1-1.


Bobby "ODB" Taylor, the #5 contender in the BKFC lightweight division, sent Omaha's Ryan "Are You Ready" Roberts to the canvas twice enroute to a unanimous decision victory in their highly entertaining clash at 155 pounds. All three judges scored it for Taylor (47-46x2, 48-46). Taylor, who fights out of Tupelo, MS, is now 6-2; Roberts’ record moves to 1-1 with the loss.


Valley, NE's Ryan "Battle Ready" Braun smashed his way to 3-0 under the BKFC banner with a unanimous decision over the debuting Corey "King Smilez" McIntosh of Aberdeen, SD. All three judges scored it 48-45 for Braun, who dropped McIntosh twice in their back-and-forth cruiserweight battle.


Nigerian-born Omaha lightweight Emeka Ifekandu upped his BKFC record to 2-0 with a majority decision over Papillon, NE’s Sean "P-Town" Wilson. Ifekandu sent Wilson to the canvas in the second round. Two judges scored it 48-46 in Ifekandu’s favor, while one judge had it 47-47. Wilson is now 3-3 in the Squared Circle. 


South African-born Plainview, NE featherweight Tommy "The Farmer" Strydom improved to 3-0 with a hard-fought unanimous decision over Corey "Pitbull" Roberts. Two judges scored it 48-45, and one saw it 47-46, all in favor of Strydom. Roberts, who hails from Bellevue, NE, sees his record even at 1-1 with the loss.


Nate "The Bad Man" Morrow of Lincoln, NE turned heads in his BKFC debut, dropping Omaha’s "Jarhead" Josh Krejci four times to take home the win by TKO. Time of the stoppage was 1:59 in the third round. Krejci is now 1-2 in BKFC.


Dionisio Ramirez reigned supreme over Kassius “Killa” Kayne in their battle of debuting Omaha, NE fighters. Ramirez dropped Kayne twice enroute to the knockout with just one second left in the first round of their welterweight matchup.


Dodge City, KS’s Eduardo Peralta defeated Brandon “Beastmode” Meyer of Omaha, NE via fourth-round technical knockout in their opening-bout lightweight clash. Time of the stoppage was 1:10. Peralta is now 1-2, while Meyer moves to 2-2.


BKFC Fight Night Omaha Results

Carlos Trinidad-Snake def. Dustin Pague via TKO in Round 1 (2:00)

Dakota Cochrane def. Jeremie Holloway via KO in Round 2 (0:42)

Stanislav Grosu def. Alonzo Martinez via TKO in Round 2 (1:24)

Sarah Shell def. Crystal Van Wyk via Unanimous Decision (50-44x3)

Bobby Taylor def. Ryan Roberts via Unanimous Decision (47-46x2, 48-46)

Ryan Braun def. Corey McIntosh via Unanimous Decision (48-45x3) 

Emeka Ifekandu def. Sean Wilson via Majority Decision (48-46x2, 47-47)

Tommy Strydom def. Corey Roberts via Unanimous Decision (48-45x2, 47-46)

Nate Morrow def. Josh Krejci via TKO in Round 3 (1:59)

Dionisio Ramirez def. Kassius Kayne via KO in Round 1 (1:59)

Eduardo Peralta def. Brandon Meyer via TKO in Round 4 (1:10)


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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.