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The Brazilian Thiago “Pitbull” Alves made history on the night of June 26, 2021 when he doubled up. In addition to becoming the first middleweight champion of the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, he can also be proud of being the first Brazilian to win a world champion belt in the discipline known as 'no gloves' boxing.

Born in Fortaleza-CE, he made his debut in MMA when competitions in this sport were still held in the old format of “Vale Tudo”. At just 15 years old, Thiago already fought with athletes from 25 to 30 years old and was also feared in kickboxing tournaments. Later, he moved to the US and even disputed the UFC welterweight belt (under 77kg.) (in 2009). In September 2020, after nearly 15 years at Ultimate, he debuted at the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, an organization chaired by David Feldman, when he overcame Julian Lane.

On the last Saturday of June, at Bare Knuckle FC 18, played in Miami, Florida, USA, Alves won a bloody battle against Ulysses Diaz and took the category title, unprecedented for our country.

The native of Ceará began the fight aggressively, but suffered from the opponent's attacks, which even knocked him down on one occasion. The two athletes were bloodied right in the first round. In the next round, the Cuban knocked down the American Top Team representative with one minute left in the end. “Pitbull”, however, soon got up and went back to the 'swapping'. In the third round, the Brazilian came back much better than his opponent, even giving him three knockdowns over the last period, until the referee decided to stop the dispute to preserve the physical integrity of Ulysses, who did not recover from the hardships. blows he suffered.

BKFC 18 also featured three other title fights. Among these, we highlight the fight of Peruvian Luis “Baboon” Palomino, well known in South Florida for his career in MMA. He already boasts a 3-0 (3 KO's) 'record' in Bare Knuckle Boxing bouts and retained the BKFC lightweight belt via unanimous decision after the five round bout with Tyler Goodjohn. According to the specialized media, Palomino continues to prove that he is the best 'absolute' in the sport.

Among women, the highlight was the former UFC competitor Pearl Gonzalez who made her BKFC debut against Charisa Sigala (0-1). Gonzalez pressed the action throughout the fight and won by unanimous decision of the judges (50-45, 50-45, 50-45). After the fight, Gonzalez credited “moving to Brooklyn, where he trains with Team Serrano” as a game changer in his career.

For additional details about BKFC 18, as well as more information about upcoming events, please visit the franchise's official website: Bare Knuckle

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 30 / 06 / 2021

Caption : The Cearense conquered the title of the category, unprecedented for our country.
Pictured above : ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) Thiago “Pitbull” Alves personal collection | ( C ) Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships | Instagram Reproduction ).

Caption : Former UFC competitor Pearl Gonzalez made her BKFC 18 debut.
Photo below : ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships | Disclosure ).

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