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BKFC 18 Odds and Picks – Beltran vs Shewmaker

Dylan Bowker

by Dylan Bowker in Boxing

Jun 24, 2021 · 11:33 AM PDT

BKFC 18 odds - Beltran vs Shewmaker
Joey Beltran will take on Sam Shewmaker in the main event of BKFC 18. Who will emerge victorious?
  • BKFC 18 goes down on Saturday, June 26th, 2021 at 8 PM EST
  • Who emerges victorious on an evening filled with multiple title bouts?
  • Check out the fight odds, analysis, and predictions below

BKFC 18 emanates from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The fistic fireworks broadcast on the Bare Knuckle TV app.

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Four world championship bouts are slated for this bare-knuckle boxing tentpole event.

BKFC 18  Odds

Fighter Odds
Joey Beltran -320
Sam Shewmaker +250
Fighter Odds
Hector Lombard -175
Joe Riggs +150
Fighter Odds
Luis Palomino -320
Tyler Goodjohn +260
Fighter Odds
Thiago Alves -200
Ulysses Diaz +160
Fighter Odds
Pearl Gonzalez -210
Charisa Sigala +170

Odds as of June 24th

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Beltran vs Shewmaker Main Event

Joey Beltran vs Sam Shewmaker is at the top of the marquee contest at BKFC 18. This one is for the BKFC as well as the Police Gazette heavyweight world titles.

Sam Shewmaker is the title challenger and last defeated Bobo O’Bannon via a two-minute knockout at BKFC 15 in a bout that I had theorized was a title eliminator.

Shewmaker enters this sophomore title bid with a redemptive element very much at play.

The Hillbilly Hammer fell short against Arnold Adams in the inaugural BKFC heavyweight title fight and is looking to come through in his second attempt this Saturday night.

Joey Beltran’s BKFC Path

Reigning champion Joey Beltran made history in his last outing by becoming the first man ever to defend the Police Gazette heavyweight world championship; a belt with over a century worth of history that dates back to John L. Sullivan.

The Mexicutioner did so by halting Marcel Stamps in the fourth round of their title fight at BKFC 13.

These men match up almost dead evenly on a tale of the tape level, with the bare-knuckle experience and physical frames of both being quite close.

BKFC 18 Main Event Tale of the Tape


4-1-1 Record 4-1-1
2 Knockouts 2
6’2 Height 6’3
75″ Reach 76.5″
Marcel Stamps, Chase Sherman, Tony Lopez Significant Wins Eric Prindle, Maurice Jackson, Bobo O’Bannon
Orthodox Stance Orthodox

Ultimately, I see Joey Beltran maintaining his hold on the gold at BKFC 18.

Pick: Joey Beltran (-320)

Luis Palomino vs Tyler Goodjohn

Luis Palomino vs Tyler Goodjohn is for the BKFC and Police Gazette 155 pound titles. The former enters as champion, and the latter comes in as the challenger.

Palomino has looked like a berzerker as of late going 3-0 in BKFC. Scorching the well-regarded Jim Alers in his last outing at BKFC 14 to notch his first successful title defense.

Conversely, some are thinking Goodjohn looked more than a bit lackluster in his last outing.

El Tornado did garner a unanimous decision win over the infamous Charles Bennett at BKFC 15 but faced far more resistance and adversity than many pundits expected.


In the end, I think Goodjohn has a lot of skills from his gloved boxing, and bare-knuckle endeavors that I think will shine through more in this go-around.

I think Tyler Goodjohn becomes the new 155-pound king in BKFC.

Pick: Tyler Goodjohn (+260)

Other Picks for BKFC 18:

  1. Hector Lombard vs Joe Riggs: Lombard and Riggs are vying for BKFC gold at 205 pounds. I think the power of Lombard will be too much here, and I see him becoming BKFC’s cruiserweight champion. Pick: Hector Lombard (-150)
  2. Thiago Alves vs Ulysses Diaz: Alves and Diaz will collide to become the BKFC world champion at 175 pounds. I think the veteran savvy of a guy like Alves (who once fought for UFC’s welterweight title) will shine through in this one, and he’ll eventually get the nod. Pick: Thiago Alves (-200)
  3. Pearl Gonzalez vs Charisa Sigala: Gonzalez is a former UFC vet making her debut, while Sigala is presently 0-1 in BKFC and looks to garner her first promotional win. I think Sigala’s marginal experience edge in BKFC will pay off here and translate into her securing the underdog win. Pick: Charisa Sigala (+170)
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