By Zach Hirsch at ringside
Formerly world-rated boxer Dat Nguyen won a five round unanimous decision over MMA fighter Johnny Bedford to claim the BKFC bareknuckle lightweight world title on Friday night at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida. It was an exciting back and forth affair with Nguyen outslugging Bedford for a 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 victory.
In a startling upset, UFC darling Paige VanZant (0-1) saw her BFKC debut spoiled by boxer Britain Hart (2-2, 1 KOs). The highest-paid and most publicized BFKC fighter was beaten over 5 action-packed rounds.
Rounding out the card:
Travis Thompson (2-3, 3 KOs) TKO 2 David Allen Morgan (0-1, ) 5 rounds lightweights
Jarod Grant (3-0, 3 KOs) KO 3 Brandon Lambert (0-1) 5 rounds lightweights
Taylor Starling (1-0, ) UD5 50-43 2xs and 49-43 Charisa Sigala (0-1) 5 rounds featherweights
Jeff Bailey (1-0, 1 KO) KO 1 Andrew James Lipton(0-3,) 5 rounds light heavyweights
Chris Leben (3-1, 3 KOs) KO 1 Quentin Henry (2-1, 2 KOs) 5 rounds heavyweight