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Artem Lobov defeats Jason Knight at Bare Knuckle FC 5, sets up fight with Paulie Malignaggi

Artem Lobov defeats Jason Knight at Bare Knuckle FC 5, sets up fight with Paulie Malignaggi

Artem Lobov and Jason Knight compete at Bare Knuckle FC 5

At Bare Knuckle FC 5, Artem Lobov and Jason Knight delivered what may be remembered as one of the best fights of 2019.

Fans at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi, received a more than adequate dose of sheer, pure violence as Lobov and Knight stood toe-to-toe for every moment of the five two-minute rounds.

Both fighters were slipping over in the first round, making it slightly more difficult to determine what was considered a knockdown. But that didn’t matter, as the two former UFC fighters continued to rise to their feet and exchange heavy hands.

For the majority of the fight, Lobov was the cleaner and more technical of the two fighters. Whereas Knight was throwing wild, looping hooks, Lobov was punishing him with shorter, crisper strikes that resulted in more damage.

At the end of five rounds, the judges declared Artem Lobov as the winner with scores of 48-47, 48-47 and 48-46.

Bare Knuckle FC President David Feldman announced that Lobov will now face Paulie Malignaggi on June 22.

Bare Knuckle FC 5 Results

  • Artem Lobov def. Jason Knight via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-46)
  • Chris Leben def. Justin Baesman via KO – R1, 0:25
  • Christine Ferea def. Britain Hart via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) — R2, 1:09
  • Chase Sherman vs. Sam Shewmaker ends in a split draw (50-45, 47-48, 48-48)
  • Reggie Barnett def. Rusty Crowder via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)
  • Isaac Vallie-Flagg def. Randy Hederick via TKO — R3, 1:22
  • Johnny Bedford def. Abdiel Velasquez via KO —R4, 0:15
  • Harris Stephenson def. Khalib Harris via split decision (50-47, 47-48, 49-46)
  • Sheena Starr def. Ivana Coleman via KO —R2, 0:37
  • Bobo O’Bannon def. Troy Beets via TKO — R4
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