Update On Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship’s Future
As Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship is preparing to return to action, Dave Feldman is looking for a way to gain more eyes on the promotion. It appears that the promotion is looking to make a move towards another streaming service.
According to Mike Coppinger of The Athletic, BKFC has agreed with DAZN on a multi-year deal. The deal begins with a special fight series beginning in August. Heavy earlier discussed the idea of DAZN picking up another combat sports promotion. This comes after MMA Fighting reported that BKFC will be developing two shows a month.
Founded in 2018, BKFC has produced fights featuring boxers and MMA stars. Streamed on FITE and YouTube, Bare Knuckle has produced events primarily in Kansas. It is one of the first promotions to utilize an open scoring system. Several big fighters have been signed with the promotion, including Shannon Briggs, David Rickels, Thiago Alves, Wanderlei Silva, and Niko Price. One of its most famous events featured former boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi v. Artem Lobov.
The promotion had to postpone several events as a result of COVID-19. Set to return to action this weekend with BKFC 11 in Mississippi, BKFC will be one of the first promotions to allow crowds in an arena.
“We’re allowed to have about 1,200 fans, it’s a 4,000 seat capacity, we’re all allowed 25 percent,” Feldman stated to MMA Fighting. “But we cut it off at 500 people because we want to make sure that it’s completely spaced out. Not that it’s a big deal, cause it’s only 500, but it sold out in about 30 minutes of going on sale.”
BKFC would be joining Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy, and Bellator as combat sports entities on the DAZN platform.
More events are expected to be announced as the promotion returns to action. The main event of BKFC 11 will be Isaac Vallie-Flagg v. Luis Palomino.