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BKFC Fight Night Tampa 2 results: Reggie Barnett Jr. wins interim bantamweight title

Jared Warren dominant in light heavyweight co-main event.
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TAMPA – Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship once again sold out the Florida State Fairgrounds' Entertainment Hall on Saturday night with a sensational evening of action, BKFC Fight Night Tampa 2

The event was broadcast globally as part of the BKFC+ subscription for $4.99 per month on the new BKFC app.

In the main event of BKFC Fight Night Tampa 2, Reggie "EAZ E" Barnett Jr. (7-2, 2 KOs) of Chesapeake, Va., defeated No. 1-ranked Jarod 'Kid Gatti' Grant (5-1, 4 KOs) of Miami in a bout that was stopped in the fifth round from an accidental eye poke suffered by Grant. Scores for the unanimous decision victory by Barnett were 40-36 on all three judges' scorecards, earning him the BKFC interim bantamweight title.

Dominating the action from the opening bell, the slick and precise punching Barnett, who came into the fight ranked No. 3, controlled the fight with a sensational range-finding jab. Bleeding badly from two cuts in the first round, Grant would have sporadic moments of success, only for the veteran Barnett to move away from trouble and reset in the middle of the ring. Barnett continued to wear down Grant in the third and fourth rounds, firing on all cylinders to the head and body.

Co-featured in the light heavyweight division in a battle of southpaws, Tampa's Jared "Captain Deadpool" Warren (4-2) won a dominant unanimous decision over John Michael "Jomi" Escoboza (7-1, 3 KOs) of Sunrise, Fla. Scores were 49-46 twice and 48-47. Coming into the fight ranked No. 5 in the division, Warren was able to dictate throughout the majority of the fight using a controlling jab and damaging left hands against the awkward Escoboza. There were no knockdowns in the fight.

Headlining the undercard in the light heavyweight division, David "The Redneck" Mundell (5-1, 2 KOs) of Dunedin, Fla., knocked out David Simpson (1-2, 1 KO) of Mankato, Kan. in the fifth round, with a massive right hook ending the fight. After an even first round, the southpaw Mundell directed the action from the defense-oriented Simpson through the second stanza. Simpson was much more aggressive and successful in the third round. However, Mundell used a tremendous arsenal of counter body shots to take control in the fourth.

In a true "Fight of the Year" candidate, BKFC debuting welterweight Heinrich Coorssen (1-0, 1 KO) of Miami overcame three knockdowns to stop Rynell Riley (1-2, 1 KO) of Tampa in the third round. Dropped in the opening seconds of the first round, Coorssen would use his speed advantage to equalize the heavy-handed Riley. Despite being dropped again in the first and once in the second, Coorssen showed uncommon valor to fight his way back into battle, staggering and knocking Riley down with a beautiful counter left hook. A barrage of punches from Coorssen would drill the bloodied Riley to the canvas in the third round where he was unable to beat the count, ending the epic war.

Heavyweights were in action as Paul "Superman" Shough (1-0, 1 KO) of Bellefontaine, Ohio made his successful BKFC debut with a third-round stoppage of Joshua "Bad Intentions" Sanchez (0-2) of New Port Richey, Fla. From the opening bell, Shough kept aggressive pressure on Sanchez, who attempted to fend off the bigger Shough with counter right hands. Down twice in the third round, Sanchez failed to beat the count following the second knockdown.

In an exciting clash in the bantamweight division, "Royal" Ryan Reber (2-0, 2 KOs) of Pinellas Park, Fla. stopped "Slick" Rick Caruso (0-3) of Princeton, Va. Following two even rounds, Reber would take over the action in the third, with big right hands hurting the valiant Caruso. With more aggressive punches hurting Caruso in the fourth round, Reber would score two huge knockdowns at the midway point and at the 0:30 mark. Following the round, the ringside physician called a halt to the bout as Caruso was deemed to have a broken jaw.

In a battle of former sparring partners competing in the featherweight division, Brandon "Superman" Allen (1-1) of Slidell, La. showed his superior skills in a hard-fought, rugged victory over hometown favorite Stevo "The Blessed" Morris (2-1, 2 KOs) of Tampa. After a measured opening round, both combatants started throwing every punch with bad intentions as Allen dropped Morris in the second stanza with a counter left uppercut. In front of the pro Morris crowd, Allen continued his dominant ways knocking Morris down again in the third round with a straight right hand. At the end of the five rounds Allen was awarded the unanimous decision by scores of 50-43 twice and 49-44.

Fighting in the lightweight division, Henry "Pit Bull" Williams (2-0, 2 KOs) of Clearwater, Fla. dropped Paul Walters (0-1) of Sarasota, Fla. four times in the first round to garner a knockout stoppage. Walters proved to be too strong and skilled for the game Walters

Flyweights squared off in the prelims as all-action Joshua "The Lion" Ridge (2-1, 2 KOs) continued to impress with a third round stoppage of Justyn Martinez (0-2) of Kansas. Displaying power and precision, Ridge dropped Martinez twice hard to the canvas in the second stanza before earning the victory with a third knockdown in round three.

Opening the prelims, BKFC debuting featherweight Alex Tierney of Tampa and Darrick "The Buck" Gates (0-2) of Montana had an unfortunate stoppage to their entertaining clash as the referee ruled that an accidental headbutt rendered Gates unable to continue in the opening round. Gates started strong, battering and bloodying Tierney from the opening bell. However, Tierney appeared to land a powerful left hand to Gates' head resulting in the stoppage and not a headbutt.