Ellsworth mixed martial arts fighter Chris Sarro trains March 12 at MXA Fitness in Ellsworth. Sarro suffered his first loss in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship competition with a defeat against Josh Burns of Dearborn, Mich., on Dec. 11 in Biloxi, Miss. FILE PHOTO

Ellsworth’s Chris Sarro falls to 1st BKFC defeat



ELLSWORTH — After starting his Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship career with two wins, Ellsworth native and mixed martial arts fighter Chris Sarro has suffered his first defeat in BKFC competition.

Sarro fell to Josh Burns of Dearborn, Mich., in Saturday’s BKFC 15 event in Biloxi, Miss. His defeat came as Burns won via TKO early in the second round.

The two fighters were evenly matched in the first round with Sarro looking to land a series of overhand punches against the large, powerful Burns. The contestants concluded the opening round clinched after a defensive-oriented two minutes.

Just six seconds into the second round, though, Burns sent Sarro to the mat with strong right hand to the jaw. Burns was declared the winner after Sarro failed to beat the 10-second count.

The bout was the last of Sarro’s three-fight BKFC contract. He won via knockout in his opening fight last November against John McAllister of Follansbee, W.Va., before scoring a TKO victory over Victor Jones of Ionia, Mich., in July. Both of Sarro’s victories came in the first round.

Sarro signed his BKFC contract last September following a victory over South Portland’s Ras Hylton in his professional MMA debut. Sarro won that fight via knockout just 53 seconds after the opening bell of a New England Fights bout at the University of Maine’s Collins Center for the Arts.

BKFC, which was founded in April 2018, is an MMA competition in which fighters are not permitted to tape their hands within 1 inch of their knuckles. To date, cards have been held in Mississippi, Florida, Kansas, Wyoming and Mexico.

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