Rawlings Interested In Bellator Fight Against Hardy

Last weekend at Bellator 240, Bec Rawlings won her first fight under the Bellator MMA banner. The bare-knuckle star beat Elina Kallionidou via unanimous decision inside the 3Arena. It ended a five-fight losing streak in MMA dating back to 2016.

Following the bout, Rawlings (8-9) discussed future plans for her career. She expressed interest in fighting in Ireland again. As far as who she would be facing next, “Rowdy” already has someone in mind. Bec told MMA Fighting her interest in fighting another two-sport athlete in Heather Hardy.

“I’d really like to fight Heather Hardy,” Rawlings stated. “I think that would be an awesome fight. She’s a boxer, I’m a bare-knuckle boxing champion, so stylistically that would be a good fight. You know, I’m going to fight anyone that they put against me. I’m trying to chase gold, I’m trying to climb that ladder against Ilima {Lei Macfarlane} or whoever’s champion at the time.”

Rawlings ended up winning three fights over at Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship and was awarded the Police Gazette Bare-Knuckle Championship in her first fight.

Hardy (2-2 MMA, 22-1, 1NC Boxing) has since responded to her callout, appearing to accept a fight between the two.

A former WBO Featherweight Champion, Hardy was undefeated in boxing since 2012 until losing to Amanda Serrano back in September via unanimous decision. She lost her last MMA fight against Taylor Turner at Bellator 222 back in June. Hardy has traded wins and losses with some young and top athletes since making the move to MMA in 2017.

A collaboration between two unique fighters is something Bellator’s Scott Coker has always been interested in. Will Bellator get this bout signed?

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