FightBook MMA has your fighter quotes video highlight of the main event for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship “BKFC 6: The Line is Drawn.”
Saturday’s Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6 Event took place on Saturday, June 22 at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, Fla. The event aired live on Pay-Per-View. For the complete recap and results you can go HERE.
In the main event, UFC veteran Artem Lobov defeated former boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi via unanimous decision.
“This was an emotional fight for me,” said Lobov. “I started more on back foot than usual, but still pressed and stalked him. Even though many people talk a lot about fighting and Paulie had a lot to say, he showed up to fight so I respect him for that. The feud is over and we move on. I am happy I was victorious tonight and I can focus back on my family and my son. It’s all about him now.”
“I am not sure what the judges were looking at, but I felt like he walked into a lot of my jabs and check left hooks,” said Malignaggi, who may have broken his hand during the fight. “Maybe it’s beneath me, but I thought I would give it a shot, give him a shot. Maybe I was wrong. I am 38 years old so I am not interested in campaigning or competing in Bare Knuckle against this loss. I kind of liked the adrenaline rush and it was different, but I am done.”
In the co-main event, UFC veteran and legend Chris Leben faced longtime MMA combatant Dakota Cochrane in a 190-pound bout where Cochrane defeated Leben in a unanimous decision with two judges scoring the contest 49-46, and the other 48-47.
“Not a lot of guys want to fight me so I give it up to Chris,” said Cochrane. “He’s an MMA legend and the second legend I beat in bare knuckle so now they can call me a legend killer. I tried to keep the forward pressure because he’s a big dude, hits hard and I didn’t want to get caught.”
In the finals of the BKFC Lightweight Tournament which pitted Reggie Barnett against Johnny Bedford. Two judges scored the fight 47-45 and the third 48-44 all in favor of Bedford.
“I am just tougher than everyone else and I wanted to fight in a phone booth to bring it to him,” said Bedford when asked how he has transitioned so well from MMA to Bare Knuckle “I said I will be the face of this division and I will be a world champion, (and tomorrow) my kids will hear, Daddy is a world champion. I have a lot of respect for Reggie than ever before.”
“I didn’t fight my fight and fought his,” said Barnett. “I didn’t see the punches that put me on the canvas and when I got up from them I never really got my game plan back in play. I am going to heal these wounds and come back and get my belts back.”
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