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BKFC: The Beginning

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship
BKFC: "The Beginning"

Saturday, June 2, 2018
9 PM ET / 6 PM PT

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship to hold 1st Legal, Regulated, and Sanctioned bare knuckle event in the United States since 1889

  • 12 Bout Card will be broadcast live across the US and Canada on Pay Per View Television From Cheyenne Ice and Events Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
  • Fighters will include former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez, former IBF Lightweight World Champion Paul Spadafora, Lineal Bare Knuckle Boxing Heavyweight Champion Bobby Gunn, and former WEC Middleweight Champion Joe Riggs

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BKFC: THE BEGINNING. . .

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship to Hold 1st Legal, Regulated, and Sanctioned Bare Knuckle Event in the United States Since 1889

  • 12-BOUT CARD WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ACROSS THE US AND CANADA ON PAY PER VIEW FROM CHEYENNE ICE AND EVENTS CENTER IN CHEYENNE, WYOMING
  • FIGHTERS WILL INCLUDE FORMER UFC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, RICCO RODREQUES; FORMER IBF LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION, PAUL SPADAFORA; LINEAL BARE KNUCKLE BOXING HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, BOBBY GUNN; AND FORMER WEC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION, JOE RIGGS

Combat sports history will be made in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Saturday, June 2nd, when the Philadelphia based Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) presents the first legal, regulated, and sanctioned bare knuckle event in the United States since 1889.

Held under the auspices and control of the Wyoming Combative Sports Commission, headed by Chairman Bryan Pedersen, the 12-bout card will feature only established professional fighters, who have competed in boxing, MMA, kickboxing, and Muay Thai; and include the quarter-final round of an 8-man heavyweight tournament. 

“This is the start of a new era in combat sports,” said BKFC President and former professional boxer David Feldman.  “Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship will combine the incredibly rich history of bare knuckle under the Broughton and London Prize Ring Rules, with a modern rule set for this generation. By showcasing professional fighters from a wide array of disciplines, we want to answer the question: Who is the best pure striker on the planet?”

The inaugural event, “BKFC: The Beginning”, will be held at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and air throughout the United States and Canada on Pay Per View through Multivision Media, Inc., on all major television outlets.

“Our Commission is proud to be regulating this great event, which speaks to Wyoming’s tradition of strong Western independence.  We are excited to work with Mr. Feldman, and the professionalism that he brings to the sport,” said Bryan Pedersen, Chairman of the Wyoming Combat Sports Commission.

Among those scheduled to fight on the card at “BKFC: The Beginning” are:    

  • Former UFC Heavyweight Champion | Ricco Rodriguez 
  • Former IBF Lightweight World Champion | Paul Spadafora
  • Lineal Bare Knuckle Boxing Heavyweight Champion | Bobby Gunn
  • Former WEC Middleweight Champion & 12-Fight UFC Veteran | Joe Riggs
  • Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Winner & All-Army Boxing Champion | Eric Prindle
  • Undefeated Heavyweight Professional Boxer | Sam Shewmaker

The card is scheduled to feature additional fight veterans from the UFC, PBC, Bellator, and K1; and with fighters hailing from the US, Canada, Russia, England, and Australia.

Said BKFC President David Feldman, “As excited as we are for this event, we’re even more excited to launch a new combat sport franchise with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.  This is truly just the beginning.”

Fight Card Subject to Change

Rules to create more action for the fans:

  • After the fighters are introduced, the referee with call the fighters to the center of the the ring, where there will be two four foot lines separated by three feet. 
  • The referee will tell the fighters "Toe the Line" where fighters will put their front foot on their respective lines. 
  • The referee will then say "Knuckle Up" that will instruct the fighters to start fighting at close quarters to ensure more action. 
  • The fighters may only strike with their their closed fists... No elbows, knees, kicks, or grappling. 
  • If a fighter is cut and the blood is interfering with his vision the referee will call a 30-second time out for the cut man to stop the bleeding. This rule was created due to anticipaton of more cuts and to ensure the fights not get stopped quickly.  
  • When a fighter is in a clinch with one hand, he may strike with the open hand. If there is a three-second lull in action, the referee will break up the fighters. 
  • The fighters may also grab the fighter by the back of the neck or head and punch with the open hand. 

 

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