Jim Alers went full throttle at BKFC 7.
The former UFC fighter stopped MMA veteran Leonard Garcia in their main event clash on Saturday night in Biloxi, Miss.
From the start, Alers rushed Garcia and overwhelmed him with wild combinations, getting a quick knockdown just seconds into the fight. The story pretty much remained the same from that point forward. Alers kept moving forward and dropping Garcia multiple times until he wasn’t able to continue. The 32-year-old fighter picked up a first-round technical knockout victory, improving his bare-knuckle boxing record to 2-0. Garcia on the other hand dropped to 1-1.
After the contest, Alers called out BKFC staple Artem Lobov.
In the co-main event of card, Chase Sherman won the BKFC heavyweight title from then champion Arnold Adams.
It was a dominant performance by Sherman, using his speed and movement to tag up Adams throughout all five rounds. Sherman got stronger as the fight went on and got his first knockdown at the beginning of the fifth round, dropping Adams with a left jab.
Sherman, former UFC heavyweight, is now 1-0-1 in bare-knuckle boxing. He also remains active in MMA, having picked up a recent first-round stoppage win in May at Island Fights 56.
In the women’s featherweight tournament semifinal, Helen Peralta outpointed Christine Ferea in a five-round war to win the BKFC featherweight belt. The judges scored the bout 48-47, 48-47, 48-45 for Peralta.
This was an all-around competitive bout, but it was clear Peralta was up early in the score cards. The Dominican fighter pushed the action early, landing the bigger shots through the first three rounds. However, close to the end of round three, Peralta suffered a cut and swelling on her left eye which hindered her throughout the rest of the fight. Ferea did well in the last two rounds, landing clean shots on Peralta, but not doing enough to steal the decision.
Two other former UFC veterans also fought on the card.
Isaac Vallie-Flagg took on friend and former teammate Melvin Guillard, picking up a technical knockout victory. The stoppage came after Guillard retired from the fight due to a hand injury. He was unable to answer the bell for the fourth round.
Prior to the stoppage, Guillard had a successful round one, but had began to fade after that. Vallie-Flagg seemed to carry the momentum in rounds two and three, pressuring Guillard and landing plenty of shots in the clinch. Vallie-Flagg remains undefeated in bare-knuckle boxing, improving to 3-0. Meanwhile, Guillard dropped to 7-3.
Also worth noting, Kaleb Harris scored a scary knockout win over Johnavan Vistante, sending him face first to the canvas. It was a dominant performance by Harris, having dropped Vistante several times before the finishing blow.