Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships is a fighting promotion based in Philadelphia entering its third year. As the name suggests, the pugilists do not wear gloves or other protection for their hands. The promotion’s first event of 2020 is BKFC 10, set for Saturday at Broward County Convention Center, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The main event was supposed to feature Joe Riggs and Hector Lombard, but Riggs withdrew due to an injury he received in training. David Mundell will step in as his replacement. We have the full fight card as well as some sports betting thoughts about key matchups. Let’s see how the BKFC betting odds will be for this Fight Night!.
Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 10: Lombard vs Mundell Preview & OddsFight Card
- Hector Lombard vs David Mundell (Cruiserweight)
- Luis Palomino vs Elvin Brito (Super Welterweight)
- Jim Alers vs Kaleb Harris (Super Welterweight)
- Dat Nguyen vs Abdiel Velazquez (Lightweight)
- Reggie Bennett Jr vs Matt Murphy (Lightweight)
Hector Lombard (34-10-1, 2 NC, -185) vs David Mundell (10-5, +155) is an intriguing matchup. Lombard makes his debut in BKFC. He has been a middleweight champion in the past, while fighting for Bellator, but he comes to BKFC after leaving UFC due to a six-fight losing streak. Mundell has fought twice for BKFC, winning both of those tilts with knockouts in the first round. His first two BKFC opponents were Ronnie Forney and Drew Lipton. Mundell’s MMA experience includes time in Bellator, M-1 Globa, Titan FC and Cage Fury FC.
Lombard’s background is primarily judo, although he also has a strong game in muay thai and kickboxing. He has striking power as well, which could do well for him in this promotion. Lombard also has the edge when it comes to the grappling game, and if he can get Mundell in the clinch, this could get ugly in a hurry. However, Mundell has the ability to bring some big bombs himself, and one shot at the right time could deliver this for the underdog.
Fight Prediction: Lombard wins via decision
Luis Palomino vs Elvin Brito are competing in the first round of the super welterweight division of the BKFC tournament, a division that also includes Kaleb Harris and Jim Alers. Brito’s last fight came at BKFC 6, where he lost to Alers. Palomino likes to work his way inside and then drill his opponent with quick punches, so Brito will need to keep his distance and work Palomino using his reach advantage. Brito’s eventual goal is to bring a BKFC event to his native Puerto Rico — as well as to win the tournament, which could likely include a rematch with Alers. Palomino is one of the toughest rated fighters in this division, though, so Brito will have his work cut out for him.
Fight Prediction: Brito wins via decision
Jim Alers vs Kaleb Harris is the other first-round fight in the super welterweight division for the BKFC 10 tournament. Alers is seven years older than Harris and gives up an inch of height. Alers is a former Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion and has also fought in UFC. He made his UFC debut at Fight Night 39, winning via split decision. However, after that he had a pair of losses and a no contest, and he left the promotion in the summer of 2016. Three years later, he made his comeback in BKFC, where he drilled Brito via knockout. Since then, he has beaten Leonard Garcia and Julian Lane, both via TKO.
Harris won his pro debut back in June 2018, beating Jarod Shurtleff via submission (rear-naked choke) at the Summit Fighting Championships 28. In his amateur career, he posted a 2-1 record, sandwiching wins over Chris Payton and Justin Osborn around a loss to Brandon Shavers. Harris’ game appears to be superior on the ground, while Alers appears to have the edge if things stay upright — and in terms of experience.
Final Prediction: Alers wins via decision