Two days before they battle in the first ever legally regulated and sanctioned championship bare knuckle fight, heavyweights Sam Shewmaker and Arnold Adams went face-to-face Thursday and exchanged words at a press conference for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) showdown this Saturday, October 20 live on pay-per-view from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Watch the BKFC weigh-in today at 5 p.m. ET live on FITE TV.
In addition to the heavyweight tournament final between Shewmaker and Adams, the action will feature MMA veterans Kendall Grove and Joe Riggs in separate attractions, as part of a jam-packed night of bare knuckle action where Grove will battle former University of Alabama linebacker Marcel Stamps and Riggs will meet Brok Weaver.
“BKFC 3: The Takeover”will be broadcast at 9 p.m. ET across the United States and Canada, exclusively on pay-per-view through MultiVision Media, Inc., on all major television and streaming distribution outlets for $29.95. Tickets for “BKFC 3: The Takeover” are available now exclusively at www.bareknuckle.tv beginning at $35. Prelims will stream live at 8 p.m. ET on the BKFC Facebook page, while Friday’s weigh-in airs on FITE TV at 5 p.m. ET.
Saturday’s card will also see the quarterfinals of the BKFC lightweight tournament, including UFC veteran Johnny Bedford in action against Matt Murphy. Returning for his second BKFC fight is local Gulfport Police officer Harris Stephenson, who takes on Florida’s Elvin Britto.
Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from the Mississippi Coast Convention Center:
“It an honor to be here with these elite fighters here in Mississippi as we bring back this great combat sport. This is history in the making and I know that our heavyweight fight is going to be fireworks from both sides.
“We’re ready to lay it all down and everyone should get ready for us to deliver the fight of the night. Don’t blink because you’re not going to want to miss anything.”
“I’m here to do work. Plain and simple. There are levels to this.
“This has been a long time coming for me. I’ve said it before, but I’m really hungry. You’re going to see it in the ring on Saturday night.”
“It’s great to have this opportunity to showcase my skills once again. I’m a mixed martial artist and I’ve fought in a lot of disciplines. I love being here and I’m thankful to be a part of this organization.
“We’re building the foundation of the sport and I’m planning to keep putting on great performances to keep earning my place back into the ring.”
“My opponent predicted a first round knockout, but he’s only gonna be right about the time. I’m ready to put on a show for all the fans and end this one early. I’m thankful for this opportunity and I’m going to make the most of it.”
“I’m super thankful to be a part of this. I said from the beginning that I’m going to be a star in BKFC and this is a chance to continue to show why.
“I’m the big dog on this block in this tournament and I will be the future lightweight champion. You can expect fireworks on Saturday night.”
“I’m proud to be back again fighting at home. I didn’t know what to expect in my first fight, but I got a lot of positive feedback. I really believe once people see more of this sport it’s really going to take off.
“I can’t wait to show off my skill set and solidify myself here heading into 2019 so I can keep putting on great bare knuckle fights. I’m hoping to have another positive result and put on a show for everybody.”
Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) returns this Saturday, October 20 with a historic night of action as the first ever legally regulated and sanctioned championship bare knuckle fight ever will pit Sam Shewmaker against Arnold Adams in the BKFC heavyweight tournament final live on pay-per-view from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.
In addition to crowning the first heavyweight champion of BKFC, the quarterfinals of the BKFC lightweight tournament will launch and begin the road towards crowning another BKFC champion. The heavyweight final will feature Shewmaker, an undefeated professional boxer, taking on MMA veteran Adams in a clash of styles that should thrill fight fans everywhere.
“This is the perfect matchup for a fight of this magnitude and I anticipate a knockout victory,” said BKFC founder and president David Feldman. “Our goal is to grow champions and Sam Shewmaker and Arnold Adams have proved that they belong in this position. I think they’ll take their experience from earlier rounds of the tournament and put on their best performances on Saturday. It’s going to be an honor to declare the winner of this fight the first champion in BKFC history.”
Shewmaker delivered one of the signature highlights at “BKFC 1: The Beginning” when he scored a sensational knockout over Eric Prindle, just 18 seconds into the first round. He followed that up by putting on a boxing clinic against the 6’9″ Maurice Jackson at “BKFC 2: A New Era” in August on his way to a split decision victory and a place in the BKFC heavyweight tournament final.
Adams debuted at BKFC 1 with a performance that saw him bloody D.J. Linderman early before eventually forcing him to concede after two rounds. Adams continued to do damage at BKFC 2 when he met up with Joey Beltran in another fight that featured Adams opening up a big cut on his opponent that would eventually lead to the doctor stopping the fight in favor of Adams.
“These fighters are looking to make history and put their names down as the first champions of bare knuckle in history,” added Feldman. “We’ve been building to this moment over the course of our first two shows and it’s going to be an incredible way to cap off this tournament. We look forward to fans getting this kind of action in future tournaments for years to come.”
The journey to BKFC’s first lightweight world champion will begin on Saturday as a tournament field led by UFC veteran Johnny Bedford and professional boxer Reggie Barnett Jr. compete in separate quarterfinal attractions. Bedford battles Matt “The KO Kid” Murphy while Barnett takes on Josue “El Guerrero” Rivera after Bedford scored a stoppage victory at BKFC 2 while Barnett earned unanimous decisions on the first two BKFC cards.
Quarterfinal action is rounded out by Joe Pegg facing Rusty Crowder and Abdiel “The Nightmare” Velazquez taking on Shawn “The Exception” West as they look to advance and move closer to holding BKFC championship gold.
“We’re very excited about the fighters competing in the lightweight tournament and the kind of fights fans are going to be able to see,” said Feldman. “Johnny Bedford and Reggie Barnett Jr, with their MMA, boxing and bare knuckle experience, have made themselves the early favorites, but I have no doubt that the rest of the fighters are hungry and preparing to make their own names in this tournament. This is going to be can’t-miss action round after round until one fighter is left standing.”
Since debuting in June, BKFC will name its first champion on Saturday night while also starting the path towards a new champion. As BKFC continues to grow and expand, this formula for finding champions will continue to produce dramatic action and worthy titleholders.
BKFC 3: The Takeover”will be broadcast at 9 p.m. ET across the United States and Canada, exclusively on pay-per-view through MultiVision Media, Inc., on all major television and streaming distribution outlets for $29.95. Tickets for “BKFC 3: The Takeover” are available now exclusively at www.bareknuckle.tv beginning at $35. Prelims will stream live at 8 p.m. ET on the BKFC Facebook page, while Friday’s weigh-in airs on FITE TV at 5 p.m. ET.