Interview with David Feldman above
The first weekend of February has a long-standing history with sports fans, globally. This year, sports fans have a lot more in store for them, apart from the typical Super Bowl weekend.
Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship will kick off the covenant weekend with the debut of UFC veteran, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, and social media beloved, Paige Van Zant as she takes on the ill-intentioned, Britain Hart in the main event. Before the main event will be the return of “Brutal” Johnny Bedford defending his lightweight title against Dat Nguyen. In a featured bout, Chris “The Crippler” Leben will get his wish granted as he requested and will take on undefeated BKFC knockout puncher, Quentin “Hero” Henry in a light heavyweight bout that will put a close on “The Crippler” Chris Leben’s illustrious combat sports career.
Closing in on their 3rd anniversary as a promotion, BKFC has absolutely erupted with no signs of slowing down! Veteran combat sports athletes are eagerly making the crossover to compete in such a new, raw atmosphere.
“It solidifies us,” David Feldman Sr., President of BKFC says. “We’re moving into mainstream now, right? We’re doing a fight Friday before the Super Bowl. 20 minutes away from where the Super Bowl is being played!”
Always looking to bring in the biggest and best fighters in the world, Feldman’s dream became increasingly lucid as time has progressed. In 2019, BKFC had veteran names lining up to compete for them. Last June featured the absolute war between future boxing Hall of Famer, Paulie Mallinagi who dropped a decision to UFC vet, Artem Lobov. Former UFC vets Hector Lombard, Julian Lane, Thiago Alves, Pride vet, “Felony” Charles Bennet, and many others have also found a new home with BKFC “Squared Circle”.
Their biggest signing, to date, Van Zant was exploring her options as a free agent after her UFC contract concluded last year. With multiple avenues to choose from, Van Zant upped the ante to focus on her stand up skills by signing with BKFC. “She’s mainstream in the media”, Feldman says. “People want to cover her! And we took a risk with it and I really believe that this gamble is going to pay off. But if you don’t go for things, you’re never going to know!”
Whereas “It’s (Bare-knuckle fighting) not for everybody,” Feldman clarifies. “For real combat sports fans and real fighters, this is what it’s all about! It doesn’t get any more real than this. It’s fast-paced. It’s exciting, It’s really everything you want as a fan!”
Tune in above as BKFC’s David Feldman Sr. checks in with MyMMANews. We discuss KnuckleMania, his first holiday as a grandfather, building his brand and so much more!