Live from the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida comes another epic Bare Knuckle FC event. On February 5th, Super Bowl weekend kicks off — or, in this case, knuckles up with an epic card. If the big game and its halftime show become a letdown, sports fans can have Knucklemania to fall back on.
In the main event, Paige VanZant (8-5 MMA, 0-0 BKFC) will have her first bare-knuckle matchup when she goes head-to-head against Britain Hart (4-4-3 Boxing, 1-1 BKFC). Hart is looking to build on her first knockout win against Randine Elkholm in the fourth round in BKFC 14 back in November 2020. VanZant looks to use her fame from fighting in the UFC and participating in ABC’s Dancing With The Stars by getting a debut win against the seasoned boxer.
The co-main event features another ex-UFC fighter Johnny “Brutal” Bedford (23-14-1, 1 NC MMA, 5-0 BKFC) defends his BKFC Bantamweight Championship against Vietnamese-American boxer Dat Nguyen (20-3 Boxing, 2-0 BKFC). Both fighters are undefeated with Bedford holding three more victories than Nguyen, plus the championship belt in his weight class. An expert NCAA wrestler and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace will have to resort to his stand-up ability against a charismatic force with great boxing experience and skills. From fighting in barns and wrestling in Cleveland State University to becoming a bare-knuckle champion, Bedford has a heavy challenge in facing off against a former Hawaii Golden Gloves winner.
Another ex-UFC scrapper in Chris “The Crippler” Leben (22-12 MMA, 1-1 BKFC) goes head-to-head against undefeated bare knuckler Quentin “The Hero” Henry (12-6 MMA, 2-0 BKFC. Leben, 40, is staring Father Time in the face and looks to go above .500 with a win over the 31-year old fighter from West Monroe, Louisiana. The event will be socially distanced and tickets will begin at $55. They can be ordered by phone at 1- 888-397-0100, and online at www.rpfundingcenter.com. the event will be broadcast live on Pay-Per-View in addition to streaming through FITE.TV with a starting time of 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.