Beltran Looks To Even Series With Lopez At BKFC 4
On February 2nd, the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship will return with their fourth event, as they make their debut in Tijuana, Mexico.
In one of the featured fights on the card, former Bellator fighter Joey Beltran, returns to action against a man who he was unable to beat in MMA, but bested at BKFC 1, Tony Lopez.
“I went a year and a half without fighting,” Beltran told FIGHT SPORTS about his path from MMA fighter to Bare Knuckle star.
“I then took a fight with five weeks notice to fight Sergei Kharitonov in Russia, for really good money. I went out there, went all three rounds basically off the couch. I left that fight thinking I had something left in the tank,and so I started preparing and trying to get a fight.”
From there, Beltran felt that he was stuck between a “rock and a hard place” as he was a free agent and looking to catch-on with a company, then came an offer to fight, but not for MMA.
“My old coach Eric Del Piero, who also manages (Bec Rawlings), told me that ‘your name came up from the bare knuckle fighting people…’ And then when I found out it was against Tony Lopez, I said I’d do that s**t for free.”
Beltran fell twice to Lopez in 2008 and 2009, when both fighters were under contract to King of the Cage, but in their first showdown at BKFC 1, Beltran bloodied Lopez on the road to an unanimous decision victory back in June.
While he ended up losing via doctor’s stoppage in his sophomore effort at BKFC 3, Beltran looks to “put on a show” in Tijuana.
“I look to put on an awesome performance,” the 37-year old fighter told FIGHT SPORTS of his fourth fight against Lopez. “I do believe the finish will come, I won’t go out looking for the knockout, I’m just gonna outbox him, use my footwork, create angles. (After BKCBC 3) we went back into the gym…”
“I do believe this will be an awesome fight for the fans, and there’s gonna be blood, but it won’t be mine.”