BYB Extreme Again Partners with Vet Tix to Offer 250 Free Event Tickets to November 19th’s BYB 13 Brawl For It All

Tampa, FL – Continuing its long-standing partnership and support of the organization, BYB announced today that it will be gifting veterans and service members 250 tickets to November 19’s BYB 13: Tampa Brawl For It All event through VetTix.org. Vet Tix provides tickets to currently-serving Military and Veterans from all branches, as well as to immediate family of troops KIA.

Said BYB President Mike Vazquez, “Veteran’s Day is a reminder to us all of what is really important. Through Vet Tix, we are able to show a small gesture of our appreciation to the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. We are proud that a large part of our audience is composed of military members, and love the level of energy and support they bring to our shows.”

BYB 13: Tampa Brawl For It All will take place at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, November 19. Those qualified under the categories listed above who are interested in attending can visit VetsTix.org to reserve their tickets.

ABOUT BYB

Originating in South Florida with backyard legend Dada 5000, whose backyard fights gained worldwide popularity online, BYB was founded to harness the excitement of bare knuckle boxing into a more structured product for a wider, more mainstream audience. Since 2015, BYB has worked diligently to grow the reach of bare knuckle boxing on both a domestic and international level, hosting events in Wyoming, Mississippi, Florida and London, and is continuing to work with athletic commissions throughout the United States globally to expand the fanbase growing sport of bare knuckle boxing. For more information on BYB, visit bybextreme.com and follow @bybextreme on social.

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Ukrainian Soldier, Bare Knuckle Fighter Bovar “The Gladiator” Khanakov Opens Up about War’s Impact on Hometown of Mariupol, Tumultuous Upbringing that Lead Him to Boxing, US Debut and More

Miami, Florida – This week, BYB Extreme host and former fighter Erin Toughill sat with Bovar “The Gladiator” Khanakov, a Ukrainian soldier who fled Mariupol following the Russian Federation’s attack on the city and settled in Sacramento to pursue his combat career.  Khanakov will make his US debut on Saturday, November 19 at BYB 13: Tampa Brawl for it All at the Florida State Fairgrounds against Isaac “Puma” Freeman in a middleweight matchup.  

Khanakov opened up about the war, leaving his hometown of Mariupol after it was “destroyed by the Russian Federation,” his tumultuous upbringing that brought him to fighting, his training in Sacramento with a team that includes Urijah Faber and Viacheslav (Slava) Borshchev, what to expect in his November 19 BYB debut, and more.  Below are quotes and clips.  You can view the full episode here

On leaving war-destroyed Mariupol, Ukraine

“I came [to the US] because in my country there is war.  The Russian Federation destroyed my city…destroyed my home.  I didn’t plan to come to America, but because of the situation with my country, I came to America…My city, Mariupol, is all destroyed.  One [hundred] thousand people dead in my country.  This is very terrible.”  [CLIP]

“About 100,000 civilians died as a result of Russia’s attack on my city of Mariupol. We didn’t have Nazis and we lived well. Every day they destroy my country and continue to kill civilians from all types of missiles.” 

On training with and support of UFC stars Urijah Faber and (Slava) Borshchev at Alpha Male in Sacramento

“I have the best gym, Alpha Male. Urijah Faber helped me follow my dream. My manager called. He helped me to find the gym.  He introduced me to Urijah. Viacheslav (Slava) Borshchev supported me. Supported my family…gave me toys for my kid.  Now he’s training with me.  He is one of the best strikers in the world, a kickboxing world champion.  Urijah is allowing me to train in the gym and giving me all that I need.” [CLIP]

On his motivation to fight

“When I was 5-6 years old, my father drank a lot. He smashed my mother.  I see this when I was a little boy.  I wanted to protect my mother.  I went to the boxing gym.  My motivation – protect my mother…He is around my home and I was prepared to box him.  For 5 years, I trained very hard.  My father now he doesn’t smash my mother.  This is a part of life. So I train like a warrior. Sometimes I fight with my father at home.  This is my life.” [CLIP]

On his opponent Isaac Freeman

“I have a lot of experience in bare knuckle. Boxing and bare knuckle are two different sports.  There’s difference in preparing for this battle. My opponent is a boxer and I know he prepares like a boxer. But bare knuckle is not boxing…I don’t like to talk, I want to show you.  You’ll remember me.”  

“I am prepared.  I want to show America who are Ukrainian fighters.”

In addition to Khanakov-Freeman, BYB 13 will feature 10 hard-hitting fights including a pair of high profile title matches. BYB’s Desmond Green will take on BKB’s Scott McHugh for both the BYB Middleweight title and the Police Gazette World Diamond Belt. Tony Lopez, undefeated in the Trigon, makes his first heavyweight title defense as he takes on challenger DJ Linderman

To buy tickets, visit bybtickets.com.  The event will be broadcast live and exclusively on the Stadium App and WatchStadium.com, with prime time, multi-night replays to air on Stadium’s over the top (OTT) and over the air (OTA) platforms. To download the Stadium

ABOUT BYB

Originating in South Florida with backyard legend Dada 5000, whose backyard fights gained worldwide popularity online, BYB was founded to harness the excitement of bare knuckle fighting into a more structured product for a wider, more mainstream audience. Since 2015, BYB has worked diligently to grow the reach of bare knuckle fighting on both a domestic and international level, hosting events in Wyoming, Mississippi, Florida and London, and is continuing to work with athletic commissions throughout the United States globally to expand the fanbase growing sport of bare knuckle fighting. For more information on BYB, visit bybextreme.com and follow @bybextreme on social.

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BYB Lightweight Champion Paty Juarez to Undergo Surgery, Out Indefinitely from Competition

BYB Lightweight Champion Paty Juarez to Undergo Surgery, Out Indefinitely from Competition

Monica “Phenomamom” Medina will now face Jessica Link at BYB 13 Tampa Brawl for it All.

Miami, FL – BYB Extreme announced today that BYB Lightweight Champion Paty Jarez will require surgery and will be out of action indefinitely. Juarez was scheduled to defend her BYB title and the Police Gazette Diamond Belt in a rematch against Monica Medina at BYB 13 Tampa Brawl for it All on November 19.  The two had faced off this past August in Biloxi with Juarez emerging with a 7-round split decision.  

Instead, matchmaker Mel Valenzuela has announced that Medina will face Jessica Link at BYB 13.

Said Medina, “While I was looking forward to the rematch against Paty, I want to beat her at her best.  I wish her a speedy recovery.  I commend Jessica for taking the match on late notice, but she’s not going to stand in the way of my ultimate goal, which is winning gold and proving myself the woman to beat in BYB.”

BYB 13 will feature a pair of high profile title matches. BYB’s Desmond Green will take on BKB’s Scott McHugh for both the BYB Middleweight title and the Police Gazette World Diamond Belt. Tony Lopez, undefeated in the Trigon, makes his first heavyweight title defense as he takes on challenger DJ Linderman

To buy tickets, visit bybtickets.com.  The event will be broadcast live and exclusively on the Stadium App and WatchStadium.com, with prime time, multi-night replays to air on Stadium’s over the top (OTT) and over the air (OTA) platforms. To download the Stadium app or to find out how and where else to view, visit watchstadium.com/where-to-watch.

ABOUT BYB

Originating in South Florida with backyard legend Dada 5000, whose backyard fights gained worldwide popularity online, BYB was founded to harness the excitement of bare knuckle boxing into a more structured product for a wider, more mainstream audience. Since 2015, BYB has worked diligently to grow the reach of bare knuckle boxing on both a domestic and international level, hosting events in Wyoming, Mississippi, Florida and London, and is continuing to work with athletic commissions throughout the United States globally to expand the fanbase growing sport of bare knuckle boxing. For more information on BYB, visit bybextreme.com and follow @bybextreme on social.

ABOUT STADIUM

Stadium is the original OTT (Over-The-Top) sports network featuring exclusive live and on-demand games and events, extensive highlights, classic games, original programming, and daily live studio programming. Stadium includes a 24/7 linear feed distributed across both digital and broadcast platforms, as well as a comprehensive array of on-demand (VOD) digital content including additional live games and events. To learn more, visit: http://watchstadium.com/.

Bare Knuckle Fighting Pioneer Dada 5000 Makes Return to the Trigon

Bare Knuckle Fighting Pioneer Dada 5000 Makes Return to the Trigon

Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris will face off in a special attraction match on November 19 at BYB 13 Tampa Brawl for it All at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Miami, FL – BYB Extreme announced today that company co-founder and bare knuckle fighting pioneer Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris will make a return to the ring in the patented mighty Trigon on November 19, 2022 at BYB 13 Tampa Brawl for it All at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Harris has done and seen it all in the fight world. His organized backyard events at the world-famous Greenhouse in West Perrine attracted notoriety throughout South Florida before going viral online and making him a household name. That success, along with his business savvy and creative vision, lead to, among other things, his co-founding BYB Extreme Fighting Series, being the subject of the blockbuster Netflix documentary Dawg Fight, and headlining Bellator 149 in what would be the promotion’s most watched event.

The November 19 heavyweight bare knuckle matchup against Matt Strickland, marks Harris’ first in-ring action since 2016.

On his return:

“I have a lot left inside of me and can be a breath of fresh air to what has become a very stale fight game. I’m one of the last of that original breed of modern mixed martial artists.  I’m recognizable and people identify with what they are familiar with. I want to do this for the fans as much as for myself.”

On being in the best shape of his life:

“I work out 2-3 hours a day in the gym, can bench press 225 pounds 30 times with ease, and I can go out and run a 4.4/4.5 40-yard dash. More importantly, my body hasn’t taken the bumps alot of fighters my size and age have. I have low miles and with little damage.”

On his debut in the Trigon:

“I am a smart fighter.  I make a game plan and then I go out and execute it.  The Trigon plays right into my style.  I can cut the ring off and use it to my benefit.  The fight is easy.  We start close and when I come out with my power, there’s nowhere to go.”

BYB 13’s lineup features a trio of title matches. BYB’s Desmond Green will take on BKB’s Scott McHugh for both the BYB Middleweight title and the Police Gazette World Diamond Belt.  BYB Champion Paty Juarez and Tampa’s Monica Medina will face off in a rematch for the BYB Women’s Lightweight Title and Police Gazette women’s 135 Diamond Belt. Tony Lopez, undefeated in the Trigon, makes his first heavyweight title defense as he takes on challenger DJ Linderman.

To buy tickets, visit bybtickets.com.  The event will be broadcast live and exclusively on the Stadium App and WatchStadium.com, with prime time, multi-night replays to air on Stadium’s over the top (OTT) and over the air (OTA) platforms. To download the Stadium app or to find out how and where else to view, visit watchstadium.com/where-to-watch.

ABOUT BYB

Originating in South Florida with backyard legend Dada 5000, whose backyard fights gained worldwide popularity online, BYB was founded to harness the excitement of bare knuckle boxing into a more structured product for a wider, more mainstream audience. Since 2015, BYB has worked diligently to grow the reach of bare knuckle boxing on both a domestic and international level, hosting events in Wyoming, Mississippi, Florida and London, and is continuing to work with athletic commissions throughout the United States globally to expand the fanbase growing sport of bare knuckle boxing. For more information on BYB, visit bybextreme.com and follow @bybextreme on social.

ABOUT STADIUM

Stadium is the original OTT (Over-The-Top) sports network featuring exclusive live and on-demand games and events, extensive highlights, classic games, original programming, and daily live studio programming. Stadium includes a 24/7 linear feed distributed across both digital and broadcast platforms, as well as a comprehensive array of on-demand (VOD) digital content including additional live games and events. To learn more, visit: http://watchstadium.com/.

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BYB Announces Signing of Toby”2 Quick” Misech to Multi-Fight Deal

BYB Announces Signing of Toby “2 Quick” Misech to Multi-Fight Deal

Former UFC and Bellator featherweight returns to the mighty Trigon at November 19th’s BYB 13 Tampa Brawl for it All

Miami, FL – Fresh off its UK debut, matchmaker Mel Valenzuela announced today the signing of Toby Misech to a multi-fight deal with BYB Extreme. Misech made an impressive bare knuckle debut at this past March at BYB 9, losing by fourth-round knockout to current BYB welterweight champion Seth Shaffer. Misech will return to the patented mighty Trigon on November 19th at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa against Julio Tanori, and is already eyeing a grudge-match against Shaffer.

Said Misech, “It feels great to get signed by BYB. It gives me a new drive. My last BYB fight, I was doing a mixture of boxing and MMA. Now, my focus is on point and locked in – I’m strictly focused on bare knuckle for this upcoming fight.”

He added, “I’ve won titles in MMA and now it’s time to win a bare knuckle title. You best believe I’m coming for a rematch [with Shaffer].”

“He has to earn it first,” responded Shaffer.

Misech is the latest in a strong group of fighters signed by BYB. Earlier this year, BYB announced that it signed BYB Heavyweight Champion Tony Lopez, Lorawnt-T “Smash” Nelson, Monica Medina, Miranda Barber, Chad Kelly, Mark “The Shark” Irwin, Sonya Dreiling, Mumia Abu Dey Ali, Cubb Hawkins, and Jamie Driver to multi-fight deals.

Said Valenzuela, “I’m excited to have Toby join our already-talented roster of fighters.  His pedigree stacks up against anyone in the sport. As a matchmaker, our signings, a combination of established talent and homegrown stars, has given me the ability to continue to put together the best match-ups in bare knuckle.  I challenge you to find better fights anywhere.”

BYB 13’s lineup features a trio of title matches. BYB’s Desmond Green will take on BKB’s Scott McHugh for both the BYB Middleweight title and the Police Gazette World Diamond Belt.  BYB Champion Paty Juarez and Tampa’s Monica Medina will face off in a rematch for the BYB Women’s Lightweight Title and Police Gazette women’s 135 Diamond Belt. Tony Lopez, undefeated in the Trigon, makes his first heavyweight title defense as he takes on challenger DJ Linderman

To buy tickets, visit bybtickets.com.  The event will be broadcast live and exclusively on the Stadium App and WatchStadium.com, with prime time, multi-night replays to air on Stadium’s over the top (OTT) and over the air (OTA) platforms. To download the Stadium app or to find out how and where else to view, visit watchstadium.com/where-to-watch.

ABOUT BYB

Originating in South Florida with backyard legend Dada 5000, whose backyard fights gained worldwide popularity online, BYB was founded to harness the excitement of bare knuckle boxing into a more structured product for a wider, more mainstream audience. Since 2015, BYB has worked diligently to grow the reach of bare knuckle boxing on both a domestic and international level, hosting events in Wyoming, Mississippi, Florida and London, and is continuing to work with athletic commissions throughout the United States globally to expand the fanbase growing sport of bare knuckle boxing. For more information on BYB, visit bybextreme.com and follow @bybextreme on social.

ABOUT STADIUM

Stadium is the original OTT (Over-The-Top) sports network featuring exclusive live and on-demand games and events, extensive highlights, classic games, original programming, and daily live studio programming. Stadium includes a 24/7 linear feed distributed across both digital and broadcast platforms, as well as a comprehensive array of on-demand (VOD) digital content including additional live games and events. To learn more, visit: http://watchstadium.com/.

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BYB Extreme Announces Two-Fight Broadcast Partnership with Stadium

For Immediate Release: September 28, 2022
Contact: Don Povia
dpovia@bybextreme.com 

BYB Extreme Announces Two-Fight Broadcast Partnership with Stadium

BYB 12: London Brawl scheduled for October 16th and BYB 13: Tampa Brawl for it All scheduled for November 19th to be broadcast live on the Stadium App and WatchStadium.com, with prime time, multi-night replays to air on Stadium’s OTA affiliates across the US.  

Miami, FL – BYB Extreme Fighting Series CEO Gregory Bloom announced today that BYB will broadcast its October 16 London and November 19 Tampa cards live and exclusively on Stadium’s over the top (OTT) and over the air (OTA) platforms.
 
“BYB had been approached by a number of potential broadcast partners eager to expand bare knuckle boxing coverage to its existing, sports-hungry audiences,” said Bloom.  “We are pleased and enthused to have found a partner like Stadium whose familiarity with the sport and bullishness on its future has enabled us the opportunity to bring our action-packed form of entertainment to a broader, more mainstream viewership.”
 
He added, “Once new fans see our product, they are going to be hooked.  Our patented Trigon ring ensures non-stop action and an unprecedented knockout rate.  We give fans what they want – competitive matches decided by the fighters, not by the judges.”
 
To download the Stadium app or to find out how and where else to view, visit watchstadium.com/where-to-watch.
 
BYB 12: London Brawl will air at 10 AM ET on Sunday, October 16, 2002 live from the Indigo at the O2 in association with its bare knuckle alliance partner BKB. 
 
BYB 13 in Tampa will feature three title fights including BYB’s Desmond Green taking on BKB’s Scott McHugh for both the BYB Middleweight title and the Police Gazette World Diamond Belt, and a rematch between champion Paty Juarez and Monica Medina for the BYB Women’s Lightweight title.
 
This past November, the US-based BYB and UK-based BKB announced a talent exchange that culminated in a series of high-intensity, cross-promotional bouts at each of the organizations’ past several shows. October 16 marks the first standalone show by either promotion in the other’s backyard.
 
The October 16 card will feature a series of BYB vs. BYB matchups, as well as BKB vs. BKB and BYB vs. BKB cross-promotional bouts. Over a dozen fights are slated for the card including the main event for both the BYB Welterweight Title and the Police Gazette World Diamond Belt between Carlos “El Diamante” Guerra and Seth “The Body Snatcher” Shaffer.   Both bare knuckle brawlers are undefeated in the division. Jozette Cotton and Miranda “She Hulk” Barber will face off for the inaugural BYB Women’s Welterweight title and the Police Gazette Diamond Belt – the first women’s bare knuckle championship fight in the UK.

For more information on BYB, visit bybextreme.com and follow @bybextreme on social.
 
ABOUT STADIUM
Stadium is the original OTT (Over-The-Top) sports network featuring exclusive live and on-demand games and events, extensive highlights, classic games, original programming, and daily live studio programming. Stadium includes a 24/7 linear feed distributed across both digital and broadcast platforms, as well as a comprehensive array of on-demand (VOD) digital content including additional live games and events. To learn more, visit: http://watchstadium.com/.