Former UFC strawweight Paige VanZant’s bare knuckle boxing debut last night at BKFC 16 was not a victorious one.
BKFC 16 took place Friday night at Bert’s Barracuda Harley-Davidson in Clearwater, Fla.
Despite a valiant effort, VanZant was outboxed by opponent Britain Hart who took a comfortable 49-46, 49-46, and 49-46 unanimous decision victory in the main event.
VanZant and Hart made a splash in the pre-amble with a scuffle breaking out in the weigh-ins after VanZant grabbed Hart’s throat.
But in the fight, it was VanZant who clinched to nullify the punches of Hart, who controlled the range for most of the contest.
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It was VanZant’s toughness and occasional power shots that kept Hart honest, but ultimately the experience of Hart was too much.
In the co-main event, Dat Nguyen won the bantamweight title with a 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 unanimous decision victory over former UFC fighter Johnny Bedford.
Former UFC fighter Chris Leben scored an exciting first round knockout over Quenton Henry in his retirement bout that lasted 67 seconds.
In other results:
BRITAIN HART DEF. PAIGE VANZANT VIA UD (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)
DAT NGUYEN DEF. JOHNNY BEDFORD VIA UD (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
CHRIS LEBEN DEF. QUENTON HENRY VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 1:07
MARTIN BROWN DEF. ZACH ZANE VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 1:30
LORENZO HUNT DEF. ROB MORROW VIA KO (PUNCHES) R4 2:00
JOHN CHALBECK DEF. GREG BONO VIA KO (PUNCH) R3 0:28
HAIM GOZALI DEF. JOHN MCCALLISTER VIA KO (PUNCH) R2 1:08
DILLON CLECKLER DEF. CHRIS JENSEN VIA TKO (BODY PUNCH) R1 0:24
CHARISA SIGALA DEF. TAYLOR STARLING VIA UD (50-43, 50-43, 49-44)
TRAVIS THOMPSON DEF. DAVE MORGAN VIA TKO R2 0:22
JAROD GRANT DEF. BRANDON LAMBERT VIA KO R3 1:11
JEFF BAILEY DEF. DREW LIPTON VIA KO R1 1:32