Bare Knuckle FC has so far been successful in reviving the old tradition of bare knuckle boxing in the United States. The combination of old MMA stars, beautiful fights, and not-too shocking violence has all been the perfect recipe to reach a larger audience than expected, and has prompted a second event to be organised shortly afterwards.
Bec Rawlings as headliner
This time, the bare knuckle boxing organisation will be setting up in Biloxi, a small Gulf of Mississippi city which was badly hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the main event, UFC veteran Rawlings will face boxer Britain Hart. Rawlings impressed spectators in her first fight at BKFC 1.
The evening will also feature the semifinals of the heavyweight tournament. Joey Beltran will face Arnold Adams, while Maurice Jackson will face Sam Shewmaker. The two winners will then fight for the belt in a few months.
Other big names
But there will be other names known to MMA fans. The madman Charles ‘Krazy Horse’ Bennett, known for his antics in and out of the ring, will make his first appearance in a bare knuckle fight. He was recently part of the Rizin Fighting Federation but has since lost his last 8 MMA fights (in just a year and a half!).
UFC fans will also recognise veteran Chris "Lights Out" Lytle. The American can boast having been in 20 UFC fights, including duels against Robbie Lawler, Nick Diaz, Matt Hughes and Matt Serra. He decided to come out of retirement to prove that he does indeed still have the spirit of a fighter.