Brennan Ward Pulls From Fight Against Hendricks

With a day prior to their initial event, the World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation has hit a few major snags.

Less than a day after ex-NFL standout Shawne Merriman would withdraw from his first bare-knuckle boxing fight for the WBKFF in Casper, Wyoming due to contractual issues, former Bellator fighter Brennan Ward has pulled from his main event fight against Johny Hendricks.



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“WBKFF won’t honor the contract that was originated for this fight to happen between me and Johny Hendricks,” Ward wrote on Instagram Wednesday afternoon. “So for that I had to decline this fight and do what was best for me. All the respect in the world to ‘Big Rigg’ Johny Hendricks and to all my followers, I am sorry this all happened last minute.”

Per reports from ESPN and MMA Fighting, the CEO of the WBKFF, Tom Stankiewicz claims that they are actively looking for a new opponent for Hendricks.

“Brennan Ward has withdrawn from this Friday night’s “Rise of the Titans” PPV main event,” claimed Stankiewicz. “His scheduled opponent, Johny Hendricks, is arriving today in Casper and we expect to have his new opponent approved by the Wyoming commission and the new main event announced by tomorrow morning at the latest.”

We worked through the 11th hour to keep the original main event intact but, unfortunately, it isn’t happening due to circumstances beyond our control. World Bare Knuckle Fight Federation is a new promotional company presenting our inaugural event. We still have a great show for combat sports fans from all over the world to watch live on pay per view. Additional details will be coming later today after our press conference.

If able to sign a replacement, this would be Hendricks first fight outside since announcing his retirement following a second-round TKO loss to Paulo Costa at UFC 217 in November, 2017.

Initial Report: MMA Fighting

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