BKFC 6 Drew Eyes & Buys On PPV
While many may not be totally sold on Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, their initial traditional Pay-Per-View endeavor, BKFC 6 proved to be a massive success for the young organization.
BKFC founder, David Feldman, spoke with MMA Junkie, and claims that the final number of buys will be in the range of 200,000.
“We got our digital numbers right away,” Feldman told MMA Junkie. “In April, we did a certain amount, and in June, we did six times that digitally. It’s given us a gauge that we’re going to end up at the 200,000 line.”
BKFC 6 was streamed through normal pay-per-view providers and the FITE app for $39.99, which at the alleged buy rate would bring in about $8 million dollars on a card that saw Artem Lobov gain an unanimous decision win over Paulie Malignaggi.
“It let people know we’re serious,” Feldman said.
“I want to be the first company in each state to do a show. I don’t need to be the only person, but I need to be the first so I can set a precedent, and let the commission and fans to know what to expect.”
“I think what it did is it showed this is truly a middle ground,” he said of the boxer vs. MMA fighter main event. “It’s not really boxing versus MMA. It’s a pretty good middle ground. Each and every one of these fighters have an equal chance of beating anybody. Most people didn’t think Artem had a chance at all.”
“A lot of the guys that said we’re a gimmick and won’t be around, well, one year later, we’re around and we’re more popular than ever, and we’re picking up steam.”
Report: MMA Junkie