The inaugural bare knuckle fighting event “BYB Brawl 1: Brawl For It ALL” is held at Cheyenne Ice and Event Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming on April 6 (AEDT). The fight card includes ten matchups with ten bare-knuckle bouts and two MMA encounters. Former UFC fighter Din Thomas (26-9) has been announced as the blow-by-blow announcer for the upcoming PPV show.
“I’m looking forward to calling the action,” Thomas said (via announcement sent out this week). “At first it took me a minute to appreciate it (bare-knuckle fighting), but I’ve always expected it. Now that I’ve learned to fully appreciate it, I’ve been studying bare-knuckles fighting up close.
Thomas joins color commentators Dyrushio Harris and his brother, Dhafir Harris, known as Dada 5000. Tony Martinez supports the BYB announcing team in Spanish, while veteran Bob Alexander is the ring announcer.
“At the end of the day, I’ve watched guys throw punches the last 25 years, so bare-knuckles fighting isn’t foreign to me. The action is quicker, though. Bare-knuckles fighting epitomizes entertainment more than any combat sport. I’m expecting a night of exciting, tough fights.”
The event is headlined by pro-boxing knockout artist Josh Gormley (23-6, 22 KO) in his bare-knuckle fighting debut against MMA veteran Bobby Brents (17-7). The bout expected to become the “Fight of the Night” features Alphonso Frierson face off Mike Trujillo in their third encounter.
The current lineup can be found below.
Josh Gormley vs. Bobby Brents
Jake Young vs. Matt Delanoit
Billy Martin vs. Leo Pla
Jamelle Jones vs. Matt Kovacs
Christine Stanley vs. Latoya Burton
Alphonso Frierson vs. Mike Trujillo
Joey Angelo vs. Joseph Guillen
Robert Brown, Jr. vs. Lorenzo Hunt
Brian Jackson vs. John Michael Escoboa
Albert Martinez vs. Kory Vialet
Desmond Johnson vs. Robert Fletcher
Jermayne Barnes vs. Lamar Cannady-Foster