HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Luis Palomino said if he grew to become a two-division BKFC champion, there’d be no denying his standing in the activity.
Two titles, Palomino reasoned, would make him bareknuckle boxing’s GOAT. Friday, the BKFC light-weight champion moved up a division to obstacle Elvin Brito for the welterweight title. He took that belt with a unanimous determination in the BKFC 26 headliner at Seminole Tough Rock Lodge & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Their fight was a rematch from early 2020, which Palomino also won in his bareknuckle debut.
Soon after winning his next title, Palomino, whose MMA experience contains a win above Jorge Masvidal, explained Brito brought a degree he wasn’t always expecting.
“To be incredibly truthful, I thought it was heading to be a dogfight,” Palomino advised MMA Junkie right after the combat. “The way I looked at Brito, he experienced two choices: Possibly he arrives over below and plays it safe as the winner – due to the fact most champions will engage in it safe you’ve received to arrive immediately after the champion. So possibly you perform it protected and you try to box me, which we presently know what comes about when you check out to box me. I previously outboxed him (in our initially struggle).
“Or you appear and you go for broke. And that gentleman went for broke. He made the struggle as filthy as he can do it, he ducked his head as a great deal as he can – my hand can exhibit how he did that. But we place the strain on him. We experienced better conditioning, much better cardio, superior angles and we just pressed it on him.”
Now Palomino is targeting a fight with previous UFC standout Chad Mendes, who designed his BKFC debut in February with a fourth-round knockout of Joshuah Alvarez.
And the indigenous of Peru explained he wishes to bring that combat to his dwelling country, then sign up for Mendes to wander a single of the famed Inca Trails to Machu Picchu after the bout, regardless of the outcome.
“What’s future? Peru. 1,000 %, Peru,” Palomino explained. “I have an whole country that, they’re fight fans out there. … I want to convey this globe championship to Peru, and who far better than Chad Mendes? I’m inquiring for Chad Mendes. Chad, I’m claimed it, I’m going to say it 1 extra time: If you just take this fight, win or get rid of … I invite you to check out out Machu Picchu and we’ll do the Inca Path jointly. Which is my supply.”
Check out the comprehensive interview with Palomino in the movie higher than.