Watch: Britain Hart sends opponent’s tooth flying in title fight at BKFC 51

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) champion Britain Hart retained her title against Melanie Shah with a tooth-shattering effort at BKFC 51 this Friday.

By: Kristen King | 2 months ago
Watch: Britain Hart sends opponent’s tooth flying in title fight at BKFC 51
BKFC 51 featured women's champion Britain Hart defending her title against Melanie Shah | Credit: Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC).

Britain Hart sends tooth flying, retains title at BKFC 51

BKFC champion Britain Hart did some damage to Melanie Shah in her successful defense at BKFC 51 this past Friday. In front of family, friends and fans at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia, Hart pummeled Shah, who earned her first BKFC championship opportunity with two consecutive wins against Mathilda Wilson and Sydney Smith

Though Shah got off to a great start, going forward and getting on the inside, she was hit repeatedly with heavy right hands from her opponent. The most significant one came in the fifth round, where Hart popped Shah with a right hand that sent a tooth (!) flying. She retreated, and Hart attempted to get a finish with a flurry of punches, but Shah survived. In the end, the BKFC champion staved off the challenger, sweeping the judges’ scorecards to retain her championship.

You can watch the tooth-flying highlight here: 

Melanie Shah may have a hefty dentist bill after BKFC 51 on Friday.

As far as her opponent was concerned, Hart said she was excited to have a tough test in Shah, who she expected to go forward for as long as the fight went on. 

“I was expecting that,” said Hart during her post-fight interview. “I’m actually really happy that she stuck to that game plan because pressure fighters are the hardest to deal with. They keep coming. And if you can deal with a pressure fighter like that, you can deal with anything. So thanks for that.”

Full BKFC 51 Results

Main Card

Britain Hart def. Melanie Shah by unanimous decision (50-45 x3) 

Dustin Pague def. Joe Elmore by unanimous decision (50-45 x3)

Stanislav Grosu def. Blake LaCaze by TKO (punches) at 1:51 of Round 2

Bruce Abramski def. Mark Culp by TKO (punches) at 0:43 of Round 1

Joseph Creer def. Ronnie Glass by TKO (body punch) at 1:18 of Round 3

Harris Stephenson def. Brian Maxwell by disqualification (illegal grounded strike) at 0:29 of Round 5

Brett Fields def. Kaine Tomlinson Sr. by TKO (punch) at 1:39 of Round 1

Preliminary Card

Rick Caruso def. Landon Williams by TKO (punch) at 1:43 of Round 1

Ka’Sim Ruffin def. Daniel Gary by TKO (punches) at 1:26 of Round 3

Hart already has her next defense set

Ahead of her defense against Melanie Shah at BKFC 51, Britain Hart revealed that she already had her next opponent scheduled. During an interview with Damon Martin of MMA Fighting, the 33-year-old said the promotion wanted to have her travel to Thailand, where she faces Po Denman at BKFC Thailand 5 in November. 

“I haven’t mentioned [the fight in Thailand] whatsoever, because I don’t want to jinx it,” said Hart. “I haven’t even really done paperwork, any conversations to the Thailand fight, because I want to focus on the Virginia fight, and I think I’ll be rewarded in the end. Really, I’m just first and foremost about the Virginia fight. After that fight happens, we’ll go back to work. For now, the start and the finish is Sept. 29.”

Denman is 1-0 in BKFC with a win against Tai Emery at BKFC Thailand 4 this past December. 

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Kristen King
Kristen King

Kristen King is a writer for Bloody Elbow. She has covered combat sports since 2016, getting her start with outlets such as FanSided, MyMMANews and MMA-Prospects. She joined the BE team in 2020, covering a mix of news, events and injuries. In her time with BE, Kristen has created ‘Fright of the Night,’ a series that highlights some of the worst injuries in the sport.

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