It was a blood and guts performance from both Artem Lobov and Jason Knight in the main event of Bare Knuckle FC 5. The two former UFC fighters beat each other to pulp across five two minute rounds with the bout going back and forth numerous times with lots of knockdowns. But in the end it was Artem Lobov who was awarded the judge’s decision with scores of 48-47, 48-47, and 48-46.
Lobov started the fight out strong, cutting Jason Knight’s face up in the first. By the third round Knight’s face was a mess of blood and Vaseline with Lobov’s punches causing sprays of liquid to rain down in the ring. But Knight got his own damage in, rocking Lobov several times and nearly taking him out in the fourth round. But Lobov was the more strategic of the two, tying up when he was in trouble to recover. In the fifth he seemed to run out of gas, but a similarly exhausted Jason Knight was unable to take advantage and put him away.
In his post fight interview, Knight protested the decision.
”We all know I didn’t lose that damn fight,” he said to cheers from his hometown crowd. “We all know I got robbed. It’s okay, I’m still gonna party tonight.”
It’s hard to know how to score it. Both men fell and were knocked down multiple times, with no clear count being kept by the commentary team. Both men rocked each other on multiple occasions. But Artem Lobov undoubtedly mangled Jason Knight’s face worse, and seemed to connect with more punishing shots more frequently.
Speaking of Lobov, he confirmed he was ready to face former boxing champ Paulie Malignaggi at a future Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship event. The two had a run in on fight week with Malignaggi slapping Lobov during a faceoff.
”Let’s do it,” Lobov said. “He’s a little pussy that plucks his eyebrows. I’m going to spark him.”
While what we witnessed was an impressive display of grit, we don’t know whether that would go well for Lobov. Malignaggi is a former IBF junior welterweight and WBA welterweight champion. He’s threatened to permanently damage Lobov. Not that it’ll stop the fight from going down anyway. There’s already a date set: June 22nd.
What do you think, Maniacs? Excited for Lobov vs. Malignaggi?