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BYB Extreme Bareknuckle Fighting Announces BYB 19 “Brawl in the Pines” on Thursday, Aug. 10

By August 17, 2023No Comments

BYB Extreme Fighting Series is gearing up for its highly anticipated BYB 19 “Brawl in the Pines” taking place Thursday, Aug. 10 at the Charles F. Dodge Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida. After a successful series of fights on the road, including a recent event in London, England, BYB will return home to South Florida for an exciting night of action. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the matches beginning at 8 p.m.

The action-packed card will feature four hard-hitting title matchups in BYB’s patented mighty Trigon, the smallest fighting surface in combat sports. Event matchups include BYB Super Middleweight champion and Miami-native Jose Fernandez who will return to action to face interim champ Sam Liera in a title unification bout, as well as undefeated brawlers Brandon Birr and Harold McQueen, who will meet for the inaugural BYB Featherweight title. Additionally, Andre Ewell and Carlos Alexandre will face off for the vacant BYB Welterweight Championship.

The event will also feature fighter LT Nelson who will be taking on BKB’s James Connelly from the UK in a cross-promotional match for the vacant Police Gazette 156-165 lb. World Diamond Belt.

The current lineup (subject to change) is:

  • Chad Kelly vs. Zion Tomlinson
  • Yordan Fuentes vs. Brandon Johnson
  • Josh Burns vs. Levi Costa
  • Rynell Riley vs. Gregoris Cisneros
  • Casie Dees vs. Jessika Smith
  • LT Nelson vs. James Connelly (BKB)
  • Brandon Birr vs. Harold McQueen
  • Andre Ewell vs. Carlos Alexandre
  • Jose Fernandez vs. Sam Liera

A press conference and weigh-in will take place the day prior on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at the Charles F. Dodge Center at 5 p.m.

BYB Extreme Fighting Series is a bare knuckle fighting organization founded in South Florida in 2015 by former MMA fighter and current brand ambassador Dhafir (“Dada 5000”) Harris, and former NASCAR team owner Mike Vazquez, whose HRT Motorsports was NASCAR’s first Hispanic team. Its CEO, Gregory Bloom, has over 20 years of experience in combat sports as an attorney, promoter and manager.

The smallest fighting surface in combat sports, BYB Extreme’s patented three-sided “Trigon” ring features 60-degree angles that guarantee 180 degrees of adrenaline-filled matches, structured to entertain viewers. Fights are decided by the fighters and not the judges, with a 90% knock-out/finish rate.

Dada 5000, a former mixed martial artist, is a member of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame. He starred in the Netflix Billy Corben documentary “Dawg Fight.” BYB and Dada 5000 are also prominently featured in the upcoming “Dawg Fight 2,” slated for release in late 2023. Harris rose to fame from his staging of backyard bare knuckle fights, which went viral online and subsequently became the subject of the “Dawg Fight.”

“It’s incredible how much this sport has grown, starting from my early ‘backyard brawl’ days in Miami,” said Dada 5000. “This card features a number of hometown fighters including Jose Fernandez and Isaiah Quinones, who exemplify what BYB is all about – creating homegrown stars who are passionate about bare knuckle fighting and approach the sport with professionalism and respect.”

“We’re excited to return home and promise our fans one of the most exciting bare knuckle fights to date,” continued BYBExtreme CEO Gregory Bloom. “Our ‘Brawl in the Pines’ lineup will show why BYB Extreme is the #1 promotional company in the bare knuckle space.”

To purchase tickets for BYB 19 Brawl in the Pines, visit

ABOUT BYB Extreme: 

Originating in South Florida with backyard legend Dada 5000, whose backyard fights gained worldwide popularity online, and was the subject of the Netflix Billy Corben documentary “Dawg Fight”.  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 on both a domestic and international level, hosting events in Wyoming, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina, London, and Dubai, and is continuing to work with athletic commissions throughout the U.S. globally to expand the fan base growing sport of bare knuckle fighting. For more information on BYB, visit and follow @bybextreme on social.

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