Bare Knuckle FC Announces Second Boxing Event for Aug. 25

On June 2, Bare Knuckle FC made history by staging the first legal, sanctioned bare knuckle boxing event in the U.S. since 1889. The event took place in Cheyenne, WY, and featured a host of talented fighters, from lineal bare knuckle boxing champion Bobby Gunn, who claimed an impressive 73-0 record before the fight, to MMA superstars like former UFC heavyweight champ Ricco Rodriguez and former UFC flyweight “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings.

Streamed live across the States and Canada on PPV, the event proved a—in some circles, unexpected—smash hit. According to BKFC president Dave Feldman, the viewing figures for streaming service FITE TV, which carried the live broadcast, were “historic.” Fighter have queued up to join the promotion, with some 500 new applications since the inaugural event aired. BKFC has signed 75 already, and is in talks with another 125.

Now they’re set to do it all again in Biloxi, MS, on Aug. 25. The BKFC 2 card includes the following fighters and matchups:

Shewmaker vs. Jackson

Both these guys competed in the BKFC1 heavyweight tournament quarterfinals. Sam Shewmaker defeated Eric Prindle via KO in just 18 seconds. Now he advances to the semifinal, where he faces Maurice Jackson, who defeated Dale Sopi via TKO at 1:10 of R1.

Adams vs. Beltran

In the second semifinal fight, BKFC1 veterans Arnold Adams, who defeated DJ Linderman by TKO at 2:00 of R2 in the quarterfinal, faces Joey Beltran, whose unanimous decision victory over Tony Lopez was considered one of the highlights of the inaugural event. Check out Must Love MMA’s post-fight interview with Beltran now!

Other BKFC veterans to return for the second card include:

  • Tony Lopez
  • “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings — another Must Love MMA interview subject! — who triumphed first time around over Alma Garcia, winning via TKO at 2:00 of R2.
  • Johnny Bedford, who defeated Nick Mamalis via TKO at 1:41 of R2.
  • Reggie Barnett, who defeated Travis Thompson via unanimous decision.

New fighters joining the promotion for the second event include:

  • UFC veteran Chris Lytle, who last stepped into the Octagon in Aug. 2011. The 43-year-old retired after defeating Dan Hardy in the event headliner. He made the switch to bare knuckle boxing earlier this year at BKB 9 in England, where he won by knockout.
  • Invicta FC veteran Christine Ferea. Ferea recently spoke to Must Love MMA about her bare knuckle ambitions—check out the interview now!
  • Charles Bennett, a veteran MMA fighter with a checkered record. He last fought at Island Fights 48 in June, where he lost to James Freeman. It was his nineth consecutive defeat.
  • Marcel Stamps, a Bellator Fight Series veteran with a 2-0 pro MMA record.

Visit bareknuckle.tv for more details on tickets and streaming.

By | 2018-07-10T00:02:13+00:00 July 10th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Bare Knuckle FC Announces Second Boxing Event for Aug. 25

Bare Knuckle FC Results

Last night Cheyenne Ice & Events Center in Cheyenne, Wyo., hosted the first legal, sanctioned bare knuckle boxing contest in the U.S. since 1889. The inaugural event of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, BKFC 1: The Beginning, broadcast live on PPV and boasted a stacked card of pro boxing and MMA athletes, from former UFC heavyweight champ Ricco Rodriguez and UFC flyweight “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings, to noted bare knuckle champ Bobby Gunn, who before last night boasted a 73-0 record.

Results

  • Ricco Rodriguez def. Lewis Rumsey via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 48-47)
  • Joey Beltran def. Tony Lopez via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 49-46)
  • Bec Rawlings def. Alma Garcia via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 2:00
  • Sam Shewmaker def. Eric Prindle via knockout – Round 1, 0:18
  • Bobby Gunn def. Irineu Beato Costa Jr. via knockout – Round 1, 0:41
  • Johnny Bedford def. Nick Mamalis via TKO – Round 2, 1:41
  • Reggie Barnett def. Travis Thompson via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • Maurice Jackson def. Dale Sopi via TKO – Round 1, 1:10
  • Estevan Payan def. Omar Avelar via knockout – Round 1, 1:57
  • Arnold Adams def. D.J. Linderman via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 2:00

Every Fighter Has A Story

By | 2018-06-03T14:08:23+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|News|Comments Off on Bare Knuckle FC Results

[VIDEO] Watch Bare Knuckle FC 1 Live on Must Love MMA

Watch the first legal, sanctioned bare knuckle boxing event held in the U.S. since 1889. Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 1: The Beginning, brings the historic legacy of bare knuckle boxing to the 21st century with a stacked card featuring bare knuckle champ Bobby Gunn—who boasts a 73-0 record—former UFC heavyweight champ Ricco Rodriguez, and UFC flyweight Bec Rawlings.

BKFC 1 airs  Saturday, June 2, at 9p.m. ET.

By | 2018-06-01T14:24:26+00:00 June 1st, 2018|News|Comments Off on [VIDEO] Watch Bare Knuckle FC 1 Live on Must Love MMA

UFC Fighter Volkan Oezdemir Arraigned In Florida Court Today

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MustLoveMMA.com’s Susan Cingari reports for Cage & Screen on the ongoing legal troubles of MMA fighter Volkan Oezdemir.

Every Fighter Has A Story.

UFC light heavyweight title contender Volkan Oezdemir appeared in Broward County’s Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court and was arraigned today. He is due back in court on  Feb 22, 2018.

Oezdemir pleaded not guilty to a charge of battery causing great bodily harm, a third-degree felony. Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), a 28-year-old Switzerland native, has been training for his upcoming title challenge against Daniel Cormier at UFC 220 with Combat Club in Lantana, Fl.

The charge stems from an altercation outside Capone’s bar in Fort Lauderdale, Fl, that occurred Aug. 12, 2017. Oezdemir was arrested Nov. 18, 2017, initially on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated battery causing serious bodily harm or disability.

According to court records, the alleged victim left the bar after hearing a friend had been knocked unconscious following a verbal altercation. When he asked what had happened, he said he “looked up and was hit in the face” by what the state prosecutor described as a “sucker punch.”

The alleged victim claims he lost consciousness for approximately 14 minutes, was treated at a local hospital for concussion symptoms, and received multiple staples for lacerations. Witnesses at the scene told the alleged victim it was Oezdemir who hit him.  A second report, claiming Oezdemir struck another man, was designated inactive when he refused to cooperate with police.

In a hearing Nov. 19, Oezdemir’s attorney, Bruce A. Zimet, a former federal prosecutor, described the scene as a  “bar room altercation” in which his client was not the aggressor and acted justifiably pursuant to Florida law. Oezdemir has claimed the incident was prompted when somebody approached his fiancee at the bar while he was in the restroom.

Oezdemir pleaded not guilty to the second-degree felony charges on Nov. 29 and was released on a $10,000 bond. Florida state attorney Michael J. Satz filed the new charges Dec. 15.  A no-bond arrest warrant was issued the same day, to come into effect if Oezdemir failed to appear in court today (Jan. 9). That warrant was subsequently vacated.

Felony battery causing great bodily harm in Florida carries a maximum sentence of 5 years incarceration. The original charge of aggravated battery carried a potential prison sentence of 15 years.

Oezdemir remains optimistic about the future. “I have a really good team around me,” he told The MMA Hour. “Believe me, everything is going to be all right…. I don’t really know about all the details, how it’s gonna happen. But definitely I’m gonna fight and I’m gonna be champion.”

Meanwhile title holder Daniel Cormier isn’t getting drawn into debate about his opponent’s legal worries. “I really don’t have any energy anymore for all these guys’ extracurriculars anymore…. I feel like I have lost years of my life dealing with the sh-t with [Jon] Jones, in terms of the arguments, the fighting, the worry, whether we’re going to fight, when we’re going to fight…. I’ve lost a lot of time and energy just wasted on things that were out of my control.”

UFC 220 airs on Pay-Per-View Saturday 01.20.2018 at 10:00 PM ET, with prelims live on Fox Sports 1. In the headline fight, champion Stipe Miocic looks to make history as the UFC’s most successful heavyweight when he faces challenger Francis N’Gannou. Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir, a light heavyweight title bout, is the co-main event.

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:02+00:00 January 9th, 2018|News|Comments Off on UFC Fighter Volkan Oezdemir Arraigned In Florida Court Today

[VIDEO] Watch Live Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor Weigh-Ins

Can you believe the epic Mayweather vs. McGregor Money Fight is tomorrow? Watch the weigh-in live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, starting at 6:00p.m. ET.

Mayweather told Fight Hype he thinks Conor will miss weight by 10lb—but that won’t mean the fight is off. Instead, McGregor will pay a hefty fine.

“You got to get that weight down like a true champion. A true champion is disciplined and very responsible but we’ll see. I don’t think he’s going to make the weight. If he don’t make the weight, we still going to fight but there’s going to be a heavy fine.”

The fight airs 9:00p.m. ET August 26 on Showtime PPV

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:10+00:00 August 25th, 2017|News, Video|Comments Off on [VIDEO] Watch Live Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor Weigh-Ins

UFC FIGHT PASS® KICKS OFF SUMMER SEASON WITH 24/7 LIVE STREAM & DANA WHITE’S TUESDAY NIGHT CONTENDER SERIES

JULY AND AUGUST WILL FEATURE MORE THAN 100 HOURS OF LIVE PROGRAMMING

Las Vegas, Nevada – UFC FIGHT PASS® announced last week that the world’s greatest digital destination for combat sports has added a linear streaming channel. FIGHT PASS 24/7 will be the go-to for live events, the premiere of Originals and curated content, and is now available as a complement to FIGHT PASS’s traditional video-on-demand (VOD) functionality.

“Our subscribers asked for more live fights, and this summer FIGHT PASS will bring them more than 100 hours of live and exclusive action – including the launch of the FIGHT PASS 24/7 stream and the brand new Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” said Joe Carr, UFC Senior Vice President of International and Content.

FIGHT PASS currently offers subscribers VOD access to 16,000+ fights from more than 35 MMA, grappling and kickboxing organizations, along with UFC’s archive of television shows including The Ultimate Fighter.

FIGHT PASS 24/7’s additional summer offerings include the UFC’s annual Hall of Fame event, UFC Fight Night Rotterdam, two GLORY Kickboxing events, two Invicta FC events, EBI 12: The Female Flyweights and the debut of Polaris, FIGHT PASS’s second world-class jiu-jitsu promotion.

Fans can view the upcoming programming schedule for the next five days and replay anything shown within the last 24 hours through a new VOD feature.

UFC FIGHT PASS is also augmenting its live-action offering. July 11 sees the highly anticipated debut of the exclusive, weekly Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series (DWTNCS). Focused on finding the next generation of UFC talent, DWTNCS will give competitors the biggest stage of their lives as they attempt to show they have what it takes to make it onto the UFC roster.

For more details on FIGHT PASS’s schedule visit: https://www.ufc.tv/category/fightpass-live-events

By | 2018-03-26T11:45:14+00:00 June 21st, 2017|News, Video|Comments Off on UFC FIGHT PASS® KICKS OFF SUMMER SEASON WITH 24/7 LIVE STREAM & DANA WHITE’S TUESDAY NIGHT CONTENDER SERIES