In his Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) debut, combat sports legend Hector Lombard defeated David Mundell by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) Saturday in the headlining event of BKFC 10 live on pay-per-view from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
In a cruiserweight clash that went the full five rounds, Lombard controlled the majority of the fight, but Mundell used his jab and was able to land a few notable right hands to keep the fight interesting.
"I was aggressive and I scored the points," said Lombard in victory. "He was backing up the whole time, but my hat off to him. I never thought it was going to be that tough, but he put up a good fight.
"I wanted to be in bare knuckle because I wanted the experience, and now I have it," continued Lombard. "I'm pretty sure I have to change my game plan and some little things, but it was an amazing experience."
A frustrated Mundell said, "I kept the distance really well. I played the better boxing game. I understand this is bare knuckle and everybody wants to see us slug it out, and he gave more pressure. I give him props for that, but let's run it back and see what happens."
The BKFC 10 co-main event featured Jim Alers defeating Kaleb Harris by majority decision (50-44, 48-46, 47-47) in an all-action 155-pound contest. Alers swarmed Harris from the opening bell, knocking Harris down :30 into the first stanza. Alers then got off to another fast start in round two, using his jab to set up devastating right hands.
In round three, Harris settled in and proved himself a game opponent. However, Alers got right back to his ferocious ways in round four, punishing Harris early and landing numerous clean shots. Alers continued to use his superior striking in the fifth round to close out the decision win.
"Our game plan was to just stay in his face," said Alers. "He had long range and good power. I wanted to stay close, use my clinch, not get hit by those hooks. He's a tough (guy) though. I hit him with some hard shots and he just kept on coming.
"My Jiu Jitsu helps and comes in handy," continued Alers. "I'm able to push him around, control his weight, and it definitely plays a part in this game. In MMA, I always wanted to take people down and submit them. Now that I get the chance to just knock people out, I'm hungry for blood. I'm hungry for those knockouts. Next one, I promise you guys a knockout!"
On the pay-per-view undercard, Luis Palomino dominated Elvin Brito in a 155-pound bout that went the distance. Palomino was able to avoid getting hit and cruised to a wide unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45) victory.
Ulysses Diaz got a quick stoppage victory over Brian Maxwell in a 195-pound contest. Midway through the first round, Diaz landed multiple punches in the clinch as Maxwell grabbed his forehead and fell to the canvas in pain. Maxwell appeared unable to continue and the referee halted the contest 1:13 into round one.
Dat Nguyen squared off against Abdiel Velazquezin an extremely spirited 135-pound fight. It was a furious pace from the opening bell, Nguyen landing first and dropping Velazquez. Velazquez continued to force the fast action and he caught Nguyen, dropping Nguyen to the mat for the first time in his professional combat sports career. As the fighters settled into the later stages of the first round, Nguyen landed a huge left that knocked Velazquez out cold. The referee immediately waved off the fight 1:51 into round one.
Gustavo Trujillo defeated Lorenzo Huntby technical knockout in the first round of their 205-pound scrap. As Hunt lunged forward to throw a punch, Trujillo landed a powerful, short right hand of his own, send Hunt crashing to the canvas face-first. Hunt made it back to his feet, but the referee had seen enough, calling a stop to the action just 1:01 into the first frame.
Francesco Ricchi stopped Fred Pierce in the first round of their 175-pound contest. An extremely reckless Pierce got caught and dropped early by Ricchi. Pierce elected to get up and fight on, but continued his wild ways, got stunned again and then stopped on his feet at the 1:38 mark of round one.
In the opening pay-per-view bout, Travis Thompson secured a second-round stoppage victory over Joshua Boudreaux in their 135-pound fight. Thompson focused on the body and dropped Boudreaux twice, once in the first round and again in the second round, on his way to a technical knockout at the :15 mark of the second round.