Fresh off his 155-pound title Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship victory, Luis “Baboon” Palomino wants to compete against big names such as Thiago Alves, Nate Diaz or a rematch against Jorge Masvidal.
Last night, Palomino (3-0) defeated Jim Alers (4-1) in just 44 seconds putting an end to their differences.
Facing former teammate
The former teammates had history building BKFC 14’s main event as one of potentially the most anticipated fight of BKFC’s history.
Now, the champion wants to impress the world battling giants.
“I want to fight the biggest names possible,” he said. “(The) biggest names in boxing, mma, One FC. (Jorge) Masvidal wants a rematch bring him here to me, Nate Diaz want to come and swing at this. Someone that will help the sport grow not some guy with tight pants.”
Masvidal and Diaz have not signed with BKFC.
After Palomino’s victory, professional boxer Tyler Goodjohn, a potential future challenger interrupted the champion.
According the Peruvian, Goodjohn is not on his list to compete against.
In fact, Palomino stated was willing to step in incase Alves’ opponent dropped when he made his BKFC debut earlier this year.
“Long time ago when I started mma Thiago Alves kicked the hell out of my leg,” he said. “It was the first time I sparred with a pro fighter.”
He later expanded: “It was painful and that pain helped me using low kicks. I used it. It originated from me and everyone is using it now I have video of it. I won 70 percent of my fights with the low kicks. That was thanks to Thiago Alves.”
Peru’s Palomino emphasized that he has respect for the former UFC title contender.
Prior to his BKFC, Palomino was in search for a boxing fight, but an opponent was scare citing his age, 40, being an issue.
With the expansion of BKFC, Palomino plans on defending his title wherever the promotion visits.
However, he would like to compete in Japan, Peru or even Russia.