Myrtle Beach, SC: Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC), The World’s Fastest Growing Combat Sports’ Promotion, will host their highly anticipated South Carolina debut, BKFC-35, on Friday, January 27, 2023 at the John T. Rhodes Myrtle Beach Sports Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
BKFC-35 is headlined by a BKFC Welterweight World Title Eliminator between Gorjan ‘GoGo’ Slaveski, (4-0, 3 KOs), of Skopje, Macedonia, now fighting out of Florida and ‘The Pink Panther’ Yosdenis Cedeno, (2-0), of Havana, Cuba, currently residing in Miami, FL.
BKFC-35 will also be broadcast internationally Live and Free on the New BKFC App.
Remaining tickets starting at $25, the best value in combat sports, may be purchased online at www.BKFC.com. The John T. Rhodes Myrtle Beach Sports Center is located at 2115 Sports Center Way, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
Co-featured at the massive, 13-fight, BKFC-35 event is the much talked about cross-state rivalry showdown between MMA stars Keith ‘The Rock Star’ Richardson of Rock Hill, SC and Justin ‘Tank’ Scoggins of Spartanburg, SC in the bantamweight division.
“Our team is very excited to promote our first event in South Carolina, home to a huge contingent of supporters who have traveled to many of our shows over the last four years,” said David Feldman, President of BKFC. “Gorjan Slaveski vs. Yosdenis Cedeno is an outstanding, high-stakes welterweight matchup with the winner guaranteed a shot at the world title.”
‘We also just finalized the bantamweight grudge match between two of South Carolina’s most popular fighters; Keith Richardson and Justin Scoggins. For years they’ve been circling each other and they’ll finally settle their rivalry, ‘The Battle for South Carolina’ in the squared circle.”
The 28-year-old Slaveski, also 8-2 as a professional boxer, was BKFC’s busiest fighter in 2022; making his successful debut on April 21 with a first-round knockout of Ramal Amanov at BKFC Fight Night: Fort Lauderdale. He also holds knockout victories over Juston Stills (BKFC-26) and Dallas Davison (BKFC-29). Most recently the hard-hitting Slaveski dominated Evgeny Kurdanov on October 15, 2022 at BKFC-31 towards a unanimous decision victory. Slaveski is ranked #3 in the welterweight division.
Cedeno returned to battle following a victorious decision over Mario Vargas at KnuckleMania 2 on February 19, 2022. His successful BKFC debut came against Alan Arzano at BKFC-18 on June 26, 2021. Cedeno, ranked #3 in the middleweight division, will be moving down to welterweight for the world title eliminator fight with Slaveski.
A fourteen-year veteran of MMA with a record of 22-11, former U.S. Marine Keith Richardson is making his BKFC debut following his first professional boxing bout, a decision victory over Nelton Marsh on October 29, 2022.
Fighting professionally for eleven years, the 30-year-old UFC and Rizin veteran Justin Scoggins compiled an impressive MMA record of 13-6 including fighting as a finalist in UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale.
Also featured at BKFC-35 in a women’s flyweight clash, Andy ‘The CrAsian’ Nguyen, (1-0), of Jacksonville, North Carolina battles ‘The Russian Bomb’ Veronika Dmittriyeva, (0-1), of Opochka, Russia now fighting out of Sheridan, Wyoming. Nguyen made her successful BKFC debut on April 30, 2022 with a unanimous decision victory over Cassie Robb. Dmitriyeva looks for her first win under the BKFC banner following her debut against Jenny Clausius on September 10, 2022.
Cruiserweights will see action at BKFC-35 with popular Donterry ‘Troublesome’ Woods of Wilmington, North Carolina making his BKFC debut against an opponent to be announced.
Fighting in the lightweight division, BKFC debuting Brandon Bushaw of Conway, South Carolina clashes with upset minded South Carolina native Paul Teague, (0-2).
In a matchup of welterweight newcomers, Jordan Weeks of Lexington, South Carolina battles Murat ‘Lord Pitbull’ Kazgan of Turkey.
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, FL, Marcus ‘The Bama Beast’ Brimage, (0-0-1) makes his much-anticipated return against BKFC newcomer Trevor Loken of Boone, South Carolina.
Competing in the lightweight division, fan favorite Tony ‘Loco’ Soto, (3-0, 2 KOs), of Brooklyn, New York battles Atlanta, GA native Joshua ‘Danger’ Marer, (0-1).
Bantamweights will see action at BKFC-35 as Devin Gibson, (2-0, 1 KO), of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada clashes with Mississippi native Albert Inclan, (0-1).
Rounding out the main card in the heavyweight division, BKFC newcomers Tomar ‘T-Bo’ Washington of Myrtle Beach, SC and Will Sears of Missouri will face-off.
Opening up the prelims in the bantamweight division in a battle of talented newcomers looking for their first BKFC victory, Roberto Armas, (0-1), of Charleston, South Carolina battles Brett Lowry, (0-1), also of South Carolina.
In the middleweight division, Doug ‘ColdRed’ Coltrane, (1-0), of North Carolina clashes with BKFC debuting Brian ‘Action’ Jackson of South Carolina.
Fighting in the featherweight division, James ‘Get Down’ Brown of Wilmington, North Carolina makes his BKFC debut against Stevo ‘The Blessed’ Morris, (2-1, 2 KOs), of Tampa, FL.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.