Carlos Trinidad-Snake Grabs Another Win & is Ready for Shot at BKFC Welterweight Crown

May 20, 2024
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Carlos Trinidad-Snake is tired of waiting. Following another dominant victory, this time over Dustin Pague, at Liberty First Arena in Omaha, Trinidad-Snake is ready for his chance to fight for a championship. If current Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship welterweight champion Austin Trout is willing to accept the bout, that is.

“Austin Trout, you ain’t (expletive),” Trinidad-Snake said. “You’ve got nothing for me, dude. You’re holding my belt, and I’m coming for it at the end of the year.”

Beating Pague was another quality win for Trinidad-Snake, who is now 5-0 in the promotion. Pague was ranked as the No. 4 contender and is now 3-2 in BKFC. Trinidad-Snake made sure to make an emphatic statement against Pague.

He landed heavy shots in the first round and secured a stoppage due to the accumulation of strikes. At the end of the first round, online boxing news shows the bout was called to a stop by the doctor, who believed Pague had a jaw injury.

Trinidad-Snake, being a potential challenger for Trout, would make for an interesting fight. Trout is a boxer with a lot of experience in the traditional gloved format, and he has fought a few times in BKFC. Trout was 37-5-1 in gloved boxing and is 2-0 in BKFC.

Trinidad-Snake will need to be at his best to steal the championship. There was plenty of action on this Omaha Fight Night card. More than one ranked contender picked up a victory to build their stock.

Cochrane Thrills Home Crowd

Dakota Cochrane may not be quite ready for the middleweight championship fight that he is demanding. But Cochrane is continuing to put pressure on the matchmakers to keep his name in the conversation. Cochrane, ranked fifth in the fight division, overwhelmed Jeremie Holloway Friday night.

Holloway was making only his third appearance in the ring. Cochrane pressured him, earning a stoppage 42 seconds into the second round. Cochrane has now won three straight fights.

Following the fight, Cochrane called out champion David Mundell for a fight. Boxing news latest headlines indicate that Cochrane may need to pick up another win before he is considered for a championship opportunity.

Grosu Halts Winning Streak for Mexican Rhino

Stanislav Grosu doesn’t just want to win when he steps in the ring. The Moldovan-born fighter must have fun if he is going to put together his best performance. Before he took on Alonzo “The Mexican Rhino” Martinez Friday in Omaha, Grosu said he wanted to avoid how his last fight went.

Grosu lost his last fight after being stopped in the fourth round and said that things didn’t feel right. When Grosu lined up with Martinez, he wanted to make sure he was having fun. Everything seemed to be in a much better place for Grosu.

He scored two knockdowns in the second round and ultimately was awarded a TKO victory during that same round. It was a tough loss for Martinez, who lives in Omaha and was previously undefeated. 

The Doctor is In

Sarah Shell is a classic overachiever. It’s hard to imagine how she finds time to do bare-knuckle boxing at all. In addition to competing in the BKFC, Shell is a licensed physician, a bikini model, and a mother. 

Shell, who is based out of Phoenix, has shown that her busy schedule doesn’t prevent her from finding a way to punch people silly. Shell floored her opponent Crystal Van Wyk in the first round of a women’s strawweight fight.

While Van Wyk got back up, she could never crack Shell’s defense. Shell improved to 2-0 in the BKFC with a 50-44 unanimous decision victory. Shell just fights to stay in shape.

She has proven to have some skills to make her hobby viable. Boxing updates show Shell landed nearly three times as many punches as Van Wyk.

Taylor Impresses Crowd With Powerful Strikes

Bobby Taylor was in hostile territory. The No. 5 ranked lightweight contender had to match up with Omaha resident Ryan Roberts. But Taylor showed that he is comfortable fighting in any type of environment. 

Taylor didn’t have an easy fight on his hands, as an energized crowd helped egg on Roberts. However, Taylor was able to take advantage of Roberts’ aggression. He dropped Roberts twice and used that to pick up a narrow win over Roberts.

Taylor improved to 6-2 in the BKFC.

Braun Ruins McIntosh’s Debut

Corey McIntosh wanted an opportunity to make a good first impression in the BKFC. But McIntosh couldn’t figure out how to handle Ryan Braun. Braun, who is 3-0, continued to pressure and put pace on McIntosh during their cruiserweight bout on the way to a unanimous decision win.

McIntosh had a hard time handling what Braun brought to the table. Braun would end up scoring two knockdowns. While McIntosh would end up landing many good shots on his own, he couldn’t send Braun to the canvas.

Ifekandu Wins Narrow Decision

Emeka Ifekandu had to be sweating some when the scorecards were read. Despite scoring a knockdown against Sean Wilson, Ifekandu couldn’t be comfortable that he had won the fight. Wilson had responded to being knocked down by putting the pressure on to try and end the fight.

Wilson wasn’t able to score a knockdown of his own but landed enough punches to keep the judges interested. One judge scored the fight as a draw, while the two others gave Ifekandu the decision win by scoring it 48-47 in his favor.

Here’s a look at the rest of the fights on the card not mentioned above

  • Featherweight, Tommy Strydom won by unanimous decision over Corey Roberts, 48-45 (x2), 47-46
  • Featherweight, Nate Morrow won by TKO over Josh Krejci, Round 3 1:59
  • Welterweight, Dionisio Ramirez won by KO over Kassius Kayne, Round 1 1:59
  • Lightweight, Eduardo Peralta won by TKO over Brandon Meyer, Round 4 1:10

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By Dean McHugh.

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