Hernandez, Rickels Set For BKFC’s Kansas Debut In March

The expansion of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship continues on March 14, as the company heads to Wichita, Kansas for BKFC 11. Live on PPV, the event will take place inside the INTRUST Bank Arena and will feature a number of local talent.

“We’ve been working with Commissioner Adam Roorbach to bring BKFC to Kansas, and on March 14 we will make our long-awaited debut,” said BKFC founder and President David Feldman in a press release. “It’s not only exciting to be in this state with a great commission and great fight fans, but we have the two most popular and most decorated fighters in Kansas competing on this card. On March 14, we have the 2016 Olympic boxing bronze medalist Nico Hernandez and former Bellator veteran Dave “Caveman” Rickles. March 14 in Wichita will be an electric night!”

The main event will feature the BKFC debut of 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez. The flyweight just signed with the promotion following a short stint in boxing. A Wichita native, Hernandez (6-0)  is the first U.S. men’s boxing medalist since 2008. The 24-year-old does not have an opponent yet.

“It’s been a goal of mine to fight at INTRUST Bank Arena ever since it was first built,” said Hernandez. “I have yet to fight in Wichita. I’ve fought close by, but not actually in my city, so I’m really excited about this fight. I can’t wait to put on a show and bring out the city on March 14. I’m ready to take the gloves off and fight bare knuckle for BKFC!”

The co-main event will feature former Bellator star and Wichita-born David Rickels. The 31-year-old just signed with BKFC last week. Rickels’ (21-6, 2NC) last bout was a submission loss to Yaroslav Amosov at Bellator 225. With Bellator since 2011, Rickels is looking to star ta new chapter in his career.

“I built my name in Wichita and I was signed to Bellator off of a performance right here in this city,” said Rickels. “The support of the people who live here has helped make me who I am in combat sports. So any chance I get to perform in front of them, I will jump on it.”

Tickets for BKFC 11 are on sale this Thursday, January 30 at 10 a.m. CT and can be purchased online at www.selectaseat.com, by phone at 855-733-SEAT (7328) and in-person at the Select-A-Seat Box Office at INTRUST Bank Arena.

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