Canada's Masson-Wong wins at first Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship card in Canada

EDMONTON — Quebec City's Jade Masson-Wong needed just one minute to knock out American Gabrielle Roman on Saturday night in the main event of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship's first-ever show in Canada.

The 31-year-old Masson-Wong knocked Roman down twice before referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in to end the flyweight bout at the River Cree Resort and Casino in suburban Enoch.

Masson-Wong (3-1-0) came into the fight ranked No. 1 among BKFC women's flyweight contenders. New Jersey's Roman (1-0-1), her opponent, was ranked fifth.

Saturday's card was a BKFC Prospects Night show, meaning most of the participants were just starting their bare-knuckle journey.

Fights are contested in a ring with five two-minute rounds. Fighters are permitted to wrap and tape the wrist, thumb and mid-hand, but no gauze or tape can be within 2.5 centimetres of the knuckles. Punches are the only strike allowed.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 2, 2024.

The Canadian Press