Mike Perry signs multi-fight deal with BKFC

BKFC is back in the news today as they’ve announced a big time signing for their promotion. The promotion officially announced on their Twitter page this afternoon that they’ve signed a multi-fight deal with UFC veteran “Platinum” Mike Perry (14-8 MMA).

Perry said in a press release, “Let’s skip all the formalities! This sport is evolving and I am here to strike fear into the hearts of my competitors! I plan to intimidate the world when I show what a truly skilled combat specialist is capable of with his bare hands.”

Perry continued, “I will dismantle the opposition and reach the glory I have longed for my entire life. I will be crowned king of the streets and king of combat sports! They will make me a Platinum Crown and carry me on the bloody backs of my defeated rivals! I am here to go straight to the top and make anyone think twice about entering my world! BKFC is my world!”

At this time, there is no word on who Perry will face in his BKFC debut. The signing with Bare Knuckle comes on the heels of Perry spending the last five years with the UFC. Overall with the world’s premier MMA organization, Perry went 7-8 in fifteen fights.

After starting his MMA career 11-1, the last few years have been rough for Perry. Perry is just 3-7 in his last ten fights leading up to this signing with BKFC. Bare Knuckle presents Perry with a fresh start and that’s exactly what he wanted.

BKFC signs Mike Perry

The promotion said in a release that they are incredibly excited to add Perry to their expanding roster. BKFC President Dave Feldman had this to say on signing Perry, “We’re thrilled to bring Mike aboard to our vast stable of exciting fighters.”

“Over the last seven years he’s proven to be one of the toughest fighters in mixed martial arts and his skill set along with his aggressive style works very well for our growing international fan base.”

As mentioned, there’s no word yet on who BKFC has in mind for Perry’s first opponent. Word is expected on that within the next couple of weeks. We will likely see Perry debut with Bare Knuckle sometime in early 2022.

Chad Mendes ends retirement and signs with BKFC

Chad Mendes

BKFC has landed another former top UFC fighter for their roster. Today on The Joe Rogan Experience, Chad Mendes (18-5 MMA) announced that he was ending his retirement and that he had signed a deal with BKFC.

MMA Junkie also reported the signing. Mendes has signed a multi-fight deal with BKFC and he’s looking to make his debut in October. The former top UFC contender has said that he’s going to be competing at 155 pounds for Bare Knuckle.

The last time we saw Mendes was back in 2018 when he fought Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 232. Mendes had some bright spots in the fight, but was ultimately stopped by Volkanovski in the second round.

After the fight was over, Mendes announced his retirement from the sport. Mendes was 33 years old at the time, but he felt like he had nothing left to give in the sport and his passion just wasn’t there.

New Journey with BKFC

Mendes had been through a lot with the UFC. He rose all the way to the top of the featherweight division and challenged for the interim title and the undisputed title a combined three times.

Unfortunately for Mendes, he went 0-3 in those fights. After he lost to Conor McGregor for the interim title, he was knocked out by Frankie Edgar. Shortly after the Edgar fight, Mendes tested positive for a PED and was suspended for two years.

He came back and won against Myles Jury before proceeding to the Volkanovski fight. Mendes had been posting on social media that he was getting the itch to compete again and he’s been doing a lot of boxing. Now, we know that he’s heading to BKFC.

BKFC has made some moves to try to get more mainstream MMA and Boxing stars over to the promotion. They’ve signed former UFC fighters like Paige VanZant, Rachael Ostovich, Artem Lobov, Joey Beltran and more.

BKFC has even had former boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi compete under their banner. The signing of Mendes is just another move for BKFC to add more top talent to try and bring in more casual fans. It’ll be interesting to see what Mendes has left in the tank when he competes later this year.

BKFC President: Paige VanZant in a must-win situation in her next fight

Last year, BKFC made waves in the combat sports world when they signed Paige VanZant (0-2). VanZant was a decent fighter in the UFC, but she was a star on social media and even competed on Dancing With The Stars.

PVZ had a decent run in the UFC, but when her contract ran out last year, she was one of the hottest free agents on the market. Bellator was seen as the early favorite, but BKFC came out of no where with a massive offer.

The offer supposedly pays VanZant more than 10 times what she was making in the UFC. VanZant signed the deal with BKFC and it took everyone by surprise. From a business standpoint, it was a great move by BKFC.

The promotion is still seeking mainstream appeal and they saw VanZant as the ticket to that mainstream appeal. However, PVZ was going to have to do her part by winning. The promotion was hoping to make her the face of the promotion.

PVZ’s Rocky BKFC Start

Things have not gone according to plan for PVZ or BKFC. VanZant made her debut back in February when she faced off against Britain Hart. She lost that fight and it was pretty one-sided on the scorecards. 

She then took on Rachael Ostovich at BKFC 19. The two ladies had fought in the UFC with VanZant picking up the win. However, Ostovich was able to defeat VanZant at BKFC 19 handing PVZ her second straight loss.

After the loss, VanZant stormed out of the ring and didn’t attend the post-fight press conference. This didn’t sit well with Dave Feldman who is the president of BKFC.

He sat down with MMA Fighting this week and made it clear that VanZant is in a must-win situation. In addition to voicing some frustration in her not attending the press conference, Feldman said, “I can’t keep saying ‘she fought really good, now let’s see what happens next time.’ She has to come out with a victory.”

It’s clear that VanZant’s next fight with BKFC is going to be a do-or-die situation. If she loses her third straight in Bare Knuckle, the promotion will likely close the chapter on PVZ in BKFC.

Paige VanZant releases statement after second straight BKFC loss: ‘I’m still smiling’

This past weekend at BKFC 19, Paige VanZant (0-2) made her second appearance with the promotion. VanZant was taking on Rachael Ostovich (1-0) who was making her BKFC debut.

These two ladies had previously met back in 2019 when they were both in the UFC. That night, VanZant controlled the fight and ended up submitting Ostovich. However, Friday night’s fight didn’t go according to that same script.

Almost as soon as the opening bell sounded, Ostovich landed a huge power right hand that got VanZant’s attention. Throughout the entire evening, Ostovich would have big moments where she landed with her power at BKFC 19.

VanZant attempted to use her athleticism and stay on the outside, but she couldn’t get away from the power of Ostovich. When VanZant would have good rounds going, Ostovich’s big power shots would sway the judges.

At the end of the day at BKFC 19, Ostovich just landed the more impactful shots all night. Ultimately, all three judges gave the fight to Ostovich including one judge who gave it to her four rounds to one.

VanZant after BKFC 19 – ‘I’m still smiling’

Last year, Paige VanZant’s time in the UFC came to an end after she completed her contract. Immediately she was a hot commodity on the open market. Bellator really pushed to try to get a deal done.

However, BKFC ultimately threw out the largest bid and won the services of VanZant. It was slightly a puzzling decision at the time, but VanZant got a million-dollar plus deal from BKFC after earning $40,000/40,000 with the UFC.

BKFC threw out that deal in part to become more main stream. VanZant has a huge social media presence and the thought was that she could become the new mainstream star for the promotion.

However, things have not gone according to plan. Back in February, VanZant lost to Britain Hart by decision. Then, she lost last Friday night which has dropped her to 0-2 in the promotion.

While things haven’t gone her way, VanZant is still smiling after all of this. She took to Instagram to post a message to her followers and her haters after her loss last Friday night.

Rachael Ostovich defeats Paige VanZant in a war at BKFC 19

Tonight Bare Knuckle Boxing was back with the BKFC 19. The main event of the evening featured a rematch between two former UFC fighters. The popular Paige VanZant was making her second BKFC appearance as she was taking on the debuting Rachael Ostovich.

When these two fought in the UFC back in 2019, it was VanZant that picked up the submission win. That loss is something that Ostovich has wanted to get back and she had her opportunity to do it tonight at BKFC.

BKFC 19 Recap

While VanZant was the betting favorite, Ostovich made it clear from the very beginning that she was there to fight. In the first round, Ostovich blasted VanZant with brutal right hands and power shots. VanZant looked to stay on the outside during this one.

In the second round, VanZant found her rhythm at BKFC 19. VanZant used her jab and distance to even up the fight in my opinion. However, Ostovich got the timing back in round three and started blasting VanZant. Ostovich did some serious damage with brutal hooks and in my opinion, she won the third round.

In the fourth round, VanZant started out well as she worked her jab. However, VanZant was rocked badly by big shots from Ostovich halfway through the round. Ostovich put on the pressure as VanZant was on wobbly legs.

VanZant was able to survive to the end, but in my opinion, it was 3-1 Ostovich heading into the final round. In the final round. VanZant started the final round at BKFC 19 with some urgency. You could tell she was feeling the pressure.

VanZant opened with some lead left hooks as Ostovich remained patient. However, Ostovich would explode into power shots that backed up VanZant. VanZant looked calculated in the final round and landed some really nice shots.

However, late in the round, Ostovich appeared to rock her again. The final round was extremely close, but in my opinion, it was a clear win for Rachael Ostovich at BKFC 19.

Rachael Ostovich def. Paige VanZant by Decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)

Is Diego Sanchez BKFC bound?

Could The Nightmare be heading to BKFC? The last month and half has been crazy for Diego Sanchez (30-13). Originally, Sanchez was supposed to face off in the UFC against Donald Cerrone back in May.

The grudge match was supposed to be Sanchez’s retirement fight, however, things went all wrong. Sanchez’s former manager, Joshua Fabia, completely botched the fight by demanding medical records from the UFC in what sounded like data collecting for a future lawsuit.

The UFC cut ties with Sanchez, but they still paid him his full money for the final fight. After the fight was cancelled, Sanchez shouted out BKFC, Bellator, and PFL announcing that he was a free agent.

After a very strange few weeks, Sanchez cut ties with the toxic Joshua Fabia and has been focusing on himself. Sanchez is wanting to compete at least one more time before he hangs it up for good.

This past weekend, Sanchez appeared at a BKFC press conference. Sanchez appeared to be a little intoxicated, but seemed very interested in competing in Bare Knuckle. When speaking about it Sanchez said, “If I ever get into the BKB, yeah, it would be fun. I never liked the gloves in the UFC anyway.”

Will BKFC sign Diego Sanchez?

First and foremost, I don’t know how many people would want to watch Diego Sanchez compete in BKFC. However, I know that there would be an audience for it and that alone will likely peak the interest of Bare Knuckle.

Over the last year, we’ve seen BKFC sign former UFC fighters as they look to gain more mainstream popularity. Some of the notables including Paige VanZant, Thiago Alves, Hector Lombard, and others.

Bare Knuckle Boxing is still a little taboo and the interest isn’t great at the moment, However, the promotion is doing everything they can to bring more eyes to the promotion. Love or hate the move, signing Diego Sanchez would likely bring in additional eyes.

My guess is that there is a pretty high likelihood that Bare Knuckle entertains signing Sanchez. I’m not sure if a deal will come together, but don’t be shocked if you hear that Diego Sanchez has signed a deal with BKFC.

Paige VanZant and Rachel Ostovich to rematch at BKFC 19

Paige VanZant (8-5 MMA, 0-1 Bare Knuckle) will be making her second appearance for BKFC in July. Bare Knuckle announced that VanZant would be taking on BKFC newcomer Rachel Ostovich (4-6 MMA).

The matchup will be a part of a big card at BKFC 19 which takes place on July 23rd. For Ostovich, this is going to be her first Bare Knuckle Boxing matchup. BKFC signed the former UFC fighter earlier this year after the UFC let her go.

Ostovich made her octagon debut on The Ultimate Fighter and won her first UFC matchup at The Ultimate Finale. However, after that lone victory, Ostovich lost her next three fights inside the octagon. All three of those losses came via stoppage.

After those losses, the UFC let her go. However, she didn’t remain on the market long as BKFC swooped right in and signed her to a deal. Like VanZant, Ostovich is known more for her social media presence opposed to her actual fighting.

Nevertheless, it takes guts to get in there and compete especially in BKFC. This fight is actually a rematch from January 2019. That night, Ostovich lost to Paige VanZant by second round armbar.

PVZ – BKFC Take 2

When Paige VanZant signed with BKFC, it was massive news. Bare Knuckle was looking for a way to get into the main stream and they saw PVZ as their ticket with how popular she is.

Despite going just 1-3 in her previous four matchups in the UFC, BKFC signed VanZant to a lucrative multi-fight deal. PVZ made her BKFC debut against Britain Hart back on February 5th.

Much to the disappointment of the promoters, VanZant came up short against Hart. Hart looked much more fluid in there and was beating PVZ to the punch all night. Frankly, she just looked like the better boxer.

In her first fight against Ostovich, VanZant really showed off her skills on the ground. Of course, at BKFC 19, she’s not going to be able to use her ground skills. It’s not a die-hard fight fans dream, but you have to imagine there will be a lot of viewers on July 23rd.

BKFC: Hart eyes Savage grudge match but also wants to serve Ferea a ‘humble pie’

Just three weeks after her sensational win against former UFC star Paige VanZant in the main event of the BKFC KnuckleMania, Britain Hart is already back in training.

She’s hoping that her next fight would be for the title after her heart-stopping win against VanZant.

“I’m still on Cloud 9 obviously. I’m more motivated than ever that’s why I’m out here in Puerto Rico training. That [win] has changed my life,” Hart told Empire Sports Media via zoom call.

 While she hopes her next fight would be for the title, she’s also setting her sights on Jenny Savage, who made a scene during Hart’s KnuckleMania post-fight interview.

“After I won over [Randine] Eckholm in BKFC 14, I called Paige out and Paige took it the liberty to come to the ring with me, so I really think that anyone who has the guts and the courage to come to the ring and challenge me in the ring when I’m on my fight night deserves to lose to me,” Hart said.

“Jenny Savage came in and was pretty disrespectful coming to the ring on my main event moment. So honestly, I wanna say Jenny Savage is next. I gotta show her the same thing I had to show Paige. You don’t come to the ring with me on my fight night.”

The brewing rivalry between the two bare-knuckle boxers apparently started after Hart got the Paige VanZant fight which Savage also wanted.

It picked up steam when Savage made her BKFC debut last December with Hart as a guest fight commentator.

Hart said she went to Savage to congratulate her on her second-round stoppage of Sheena Starr at BKFC 15. She was complimentary of the Tennesee Gangster’s “really good overhand.” But Savage instead took offense and answered back: “That’s not my best punch. You haven’t seen my best punch yet.”

Hart-Ferea word war

BKFC President and CEO David Feldman earlier told Empire Sports Media that he’s also looking at a potential Hart-Christine Ferea rematch.

Ferea recently dismissed a Hart rematch.

“I just want whoever is next. I can’t say anybody specifically because I don’t know. Do I want Britain Hart? No, because I beat her. I know I’ll beat her again. I know she’s made some improvements. But she’s made improvements against people that are nothing close to my level. So I feel like she needs a little bit more time in order to catch up, to be able to have some chance in a fight with me,” Ferea told mymmanews.com recently.

Hart was visibly pissed upon learning Ferea’s comments and blew her top.

“It’s a ridiculous statement. Anybody could look at that Paige VanZant [fight]. Christine, I’m sorry to hate on you, like mad respect to you. The fact that I beat a UFC veteran, a UFC athlete who trains in the American Top Team, again on what level are you putting yourself on? Misfit isn’t undefeated in the BKFC. She’s beatable. Helen [Peralta] did it. The fact that she’s already saying she’s a level above fighters that come from the UFC and Bellator and other things like that, just shows where her mind is and her mind is not in the right place,” Hart said.

Hart said that she’s tired of Ferea’s flip-flopping statements and added that Ferea’s win against her isn’t convincing enough not to warrant a rematch.

“She’s flip-floppy. ‘One minute, I’m retiring from BKFC, and then the next minute, oh give me someone next. Britain Hart is the same fighter, Britain Hart has made improvements.’ I’m tired of her back-and-forth, wish-washy stuff. The rematch? Yeah for sure. Again, she didn’t knock me down. I never hit the canvass with her. I got a doctor’s stoppage with that cut under my eye. The fact that she even wants to say that’s a glorious knockout is just ridiculous. You don’t have to like me as a fighter and like her as a fighter,” Hart said.

Ferea holds a 3-1 record in the BKFC and was the first woman to win the Police Gazette title. Her lone loss came at the hands of Peralta in 2019 in what is considered to be one of the best BKFC fights of the year.

Ferea last saw action in September last year when she stopped Callie Cutler via second-round TKO. She stunned everyone when she announced on her Instagram last January that she’s retiring from BKFC.

But she was quick to come out of retirement and announced that she’d be fighting in May.

“I guess she’s just salty that she’s not the center of the attention and the limelight is not on her. So she’s gonna come up with any story she wants. She knows she does not want to fight me. Of course, she doesn’t want to fight me because I’m getting better. I just beat Paige VanZant. I don’t know what she’s on. She lost mad respect from me. I can’t respect someone who changes their statements. Be real. Be yourself. All her entitlement. If you want that humble pie and a wake-up call, then you got me. If you don’t want it, then we all know why,” Hart said.

Both are intriguing matches. But whichever BKFC decides to hold next, Hart is ready for it.

“We have big plans out here [in my training camp]. And when I get back to the US, I’ll train every day because I’m coming for that title. I’m coming for my redemption. I’m coming for anyone who steps in the ring and challenges me,” Hart boldly declared.

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BKFC mulls Britain Hart-Christine Ferea rematch

Britain Hart’s smashing win over former UFC star Paige VanZant in the BKFC KnuckleMania two weeks ago could line her up for a potential title fight — a rematch against Christine Ferea.

Hart’s first title shot ended in a split decision against Bec Rawlings in 2019. After scoring two straight victories, Hart believes she’s ready for another title shot.

No less than BKFC President and CEO David Feldman is intrigued by that potential rematch for the vacant featherweight title.

“[Britain] is calling for a title fight. She’s lost to Christine Ferea in the past. I think it will be a great rematch because she’s learned a lot about the sport more,” Feldman told Empire Sports Media. [Britain] is gritty. She’s tough and I think that could be a tough fight. It’s definitely something that we’re looking at right now.”

Hart lost to Ferea in both fighters’ second fight in the promotion back in 2019. A nasty cut in Hart’s left eye following a barrage of punches from Ferea forced a doctor’s stoppage in the second round.

Hart is eager to avenge that loss. But Ferea, who announced that she’d fight in May, isn’t keen on a rematch with Hart.

“I just want whoever is next. I can’t say anybody specifically because I don’t know. Do I want Britain Hart? No, because I beat her. I know I’ll beat her again. I know she’s made some improvements. But she’s made improvements against people that are nothing close to my level. So I feel like she needs a little bit more time in order to catch up, to be able to have some chance in a fight with me,” Ferea told mymmanews.com recently.

Another option for Hart is an immediate rematch with VanZant or a non-title fight against Jenny Savage, who called her out after her KnuckleMania win.

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Hart, Rawlings or somebody else? Feldman weighs in on Paige VanZant’s next BKFC fight

Paige VanZant isn’t going anywhere.

After a disappointing Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship debut, where she lost to Britain Hart via unanimous decision, VanZant isn’t backing down from the challenge of the new sport.

“Immediately after the fight, she said I want to do this again. That says a lot about her as a fighter. So we’re not looking to cut ties with the Paige VanZant brand at any time in the near future,” BKFC President and CEO David Feldman told Empire Sports Media.

The former UFC star looked tentative at the start of the fight, with Hart taking the action to her. But Feldman saw promising signs in the latter rounds that made him convinced VanZant has what it takes to become successful in the BKFC.

“She kinda came alive in the fourth and fifth round. And that was encouraging for me. She showed a lot of grit and determination, so we’ll probably bring her back in the summertime, early to mid-summer,” Feldman said. “She’s very interested in coming back.”

VanZant told Sirius XM show Knuckle Up Radio that she wants to get back into the BKFC ring in April.

Feldman, however, has yet to determine who will be her next opponent.

“We’ll have to sit down to talk about who’s next for her and who makes sense. She didn’t get fed any easy win her on her first fight. And it showed as she came out with a loss. It’s gonna be the same way moving forward. That’s how we’re building the sport,” Feldman said.

A rematch with Hart is on the table, but it depends on some variables, according to Feldman.

“It could be an option [Britain Hart rematch]. We’ll see if people will be intrigued by that. We’ll see what happens,” he said.

Another intriguing matchup could be against former BKFC champion Bec Rawlings who is now with Bellator. Rawlings, who lost to VanZant in UFC before, said back in December that she’s open for a rematch. In the same interview, she also added that VanZant would have a tougher time in BKFC than in UFC. And it showed in VanZant’s loss to one of Rawlings’ earlier victims in BKFC.

“That’s also an option (Bec Rawlings) as well as a couple of ladies. With Bec, she left on good terms. We have a good relationship, and there’s a strong possibility that she could be back, and that could be against Page,” Feldman said.

VanZant, however, isn’t too keen on a Rawlings rematch prior to her BKFC debut.

“Of course, she wants to fight me again. I knocked her out with a head kick the last time we fought. [I’m] really interested in fighting people who I haven’t fight yet or haven’t beaten. So if she wants to come back to BKFC, that’s totally fine, and if the matchup makes sense, but I’m in Bare Knuckle Boxing working my way in the division for a title. And I just don’t want to fight people because they want to call me out,” VanZant told Empire Sports Media ahead of her fight against Hart.

But after losing to Hart, VanZant could have a change of heart.

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