BKFC 19: VanZant vs. Ostovich special PPV features Chuck Liddell’s commentary

The BKFC 19: VANZANT vs. OSTOVICH Friday night in Tampa, Florida will have a special pay-per-view edition featuring UFC Hall of Famer “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell’s commentary.

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship President David Feldman, Daniel Hollaway & Ross Patterson, co-founders of the Drinkin’ Bros Network, and Michael Weber, COO of FITE, announced Thursday the ground-breaking PPV edition of the broadcast, which will be exclusively on FITE.

“I’m excited to work with FITE and The Drinkin’ Bros to provide this unprecedented live viewing option for fight fans,” said Feldman. “Chuck Liddell is an icon in combat sports, and The Drinkin’ Bros is one of the most outrageous networks ever – we are always up to break boundaries and do things our way – so we feel this a perfect fit for BKFC and we appreciate
FITE for stepping up to make this happen.”

Joining Liddell in the special PPV booth are Holloway and Patterson.

The BKFC 19 main event features the return of the ultra-popular striker Paige VanZant in an epic ‘rematch’ with Rachael Ostovich. The pair last fought in UFC, with VanZant winning via second-round submission. The co-main event sees a heavyweight title fight between current BKFC Champion Arnold Adams and Thai Boxer and knockout artist Michael Terrill.

The BKFC 19: VANZANT VS OSTOVICH starts at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT and is available for only $39.99. The “Drinkin’ Bros” featuring Chuck Liddell special edition of BKFC can be purchased on FITE at: https://www.jdoqocy.com/click-100451846-14696144

“This weekend, veterans don’t have to drink alone or watch fights alone,” said Hollaway. “We are honored to have this opportunity to present the Drinkin’ Bros edition of BKFC 19 to our fans and followers, and we are beyond excited for the fights. We’ve been big fans of BKFC since the start.”

This special collaboration is made possible by Jen Wenk, APR, STAR Public Relations, and Adam Roorda, principal, MMA Power Hour, who all served as concept originators and developers.

“FITE prides itself on its streaming technology, media, marketing, and partnerships,” said Kim Hurwitz, FITE’s Chief Marketing Officer. “When this opportunity arose, it seemed like something our FITE fans would enjoy, because we’re fight fans too.”

Also part of the live PPV card is Britain Hart in her first fight back since defeating VanZant in her much-hyped debut to bare knuckle fighting. Hart takes on Jenny “Savage” Clausius, who fans may remember from Dana White’s “Lookin’ for a Fight” web series. In a special attraction, famed rapper and former D2 college quarterback, Blueface (Tiktok: @bluefacebleedem) will make his bare knuckle premiere against the comedian and TikTok badboy, Kane Trujillio (@kane).

Tampa favorite Geane Herrera enters the BKFC squared circle once again to take on “The Nightmare” Abdiel Velasquez in a 125 lb. bout, followed by the 125 lb. female matchup Taylor “Killa Bee” Starling vs. Cassie “The Hulk” Robb, who is making her BKFC debut.

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Christine Ferea returns to headline BKFC in September

While Paige VanZant and Britain Hart headline a stacked women’s card in the BKFC 19, Christine “Misfit” Ferea‘s time is coming soon.

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship President David Feldman bared that Ferea will headline a BKFC event in September in Florida.

“She’ll face an undefeated professional boxer. We’re gonna announce that [Thursday]. She has a good test in front of her,” Feldman told Empire Sports Media ahead of the BKFC 19 this Friday.

“[Christine] is certainly in the mix for that 125 lb belt. She’s been here for a long time. She has always fought very well and dominated a lot of her opponents.”

Ferea hadn’t fought since September 11 last year, when she won over Callie Cutler via TKO in the second round. Ferea has a 3-1 record in the BKFC, with her only loss coming at the hands of former women’s champion Helen Peralta.

Feldman said that a BKFC women’s championship is in the works down the line. If Ferea makes a successful comeback, she will be a strong contender to take the belt.

“We have a lot of different girls that could really compete in that little tournament for a championship. We’re gonna go over that next week. We want to see the results first of the Paige VanZant-Rachael Ostovich and the Britain Hart-Jenny Paige fights,” Feldman said.

Ferea beat Hart in BKFC in 2019, while she defeated Ostovich at Invicta back in 2017.

Meanwhile, VanZant hopes for a knockout win against Ostovich Friday to redeem herself from a disappointing BKFC debut loss to Hart. A VanZant and Hart win at BKFC 19 will make the women’s division more interesting, with Ferea returning to the picture. A Ferea-Hart or Ferea-Ostovich rematch is also an intriguing possibility.

The BKFC 19 will air on FITE.TV (8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT) in addition to the BKTV APP for existing subscribers.

Advance tickets starting at $65 are now on sale through BKFC.com. The Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds is located at 4800 US-301, Tampa, FL 33610. Doors will open on the night of the event at 7:00 p.m. ET, with the first bell at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Paige VanZant out for redemption in BKFC 19 as Pedro Diaz beefs up her camp

With the addition of a world-renowned boxing trainer to her camp, Paige VanZant goes for a knockout in her second fight in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.

VanZant is out to prove that her debut loss to Britain Hart was just a fluke when she fights Rachael Ostovich on Friday at the main event of the BKFC 19 at the Florida State Fairground in Tampa.

Vanzant has enlisted the services of Pedro Diaz, who has trained seven world boxing champions, including Miguel Cotto and Guillermo Rigondeaux. She’s splitting time with Diaz and at the American Top Team.

“I had an amazing training camp in Miami, Florida. Pedro Diaz will be in my corner. It’s been a great experience, and I’m really confident going into this one,” VanZant told Empire Sports Media on Wednesday.

VanZant is familiar with her second BKFC opponent. She has previously beaten Ostovich in the UFC two years ago via submission. While she has the mental edge and the BKFC experience, VanZant isn’t leaving anything to chance.

“Of course, I’m going to go for a knockout. But the most important thing is really for me to fight smart. That’s gonna get me the win,” VanZant said.

VanZant is coming to this fight with the momentum of her solid showing in the final two rounds against Hart, where she started to look comfortable with the new combat sport.

“I think it was just getting the experience of knowing what to expect, knowing how the fight is going to feel. There were a lot of changes coming from MMA, especially in terms of the style of fighting,” Vanzant said. “Hopefully, you’ll see a better boxer. That’s the plan.”

BKFC President David Feldman expects an explosive fight between the two women who are out to prove that this sport is for them. 

“People say it’s a rematch but it’s not really a rematch since it’s a different sport,” Feldman told Empire Sports Media. There’s a lot of storylines in this fight. And a lot of curiosity here.”

The VanZant-Ostrovich fight headlines a stacked BKFC 19 card that also includes Hart vs. Jenny Savage grudge match and the heavyweight fight between former BKFC heavyweight champion Arnold Adams (4-1) and the undefeated Michael Terrill (4-0), where the winner could have a shot at reigning champion Joey Beltran.

The BKFC 19 will air on FITE.TV (8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT) in addition to the BKTV APP for existing subscribers.

Advance tickets starting at $65 are now on sale through BKFC.com. The Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds is located at 4800 US-301, Tampa, FL 33610. Doors will open on the night of the event at 7:00 p.m. ET, with the first bell at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Feldman says BKFC 16 already sold out, Elmore hopes to make it 3 in a row

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) president David Feldman announced that the BKFC-16 is already sold out.

The BKFC 16, which is slated on Friday night at the Biloxi Civic Center in Biloxi, Mississippi, promises to be a fitting follow-up to the smashing success of KnuckleMania last February in Florida.

“From top to bottom this is one of the strongest cards we’ve put together,” Feldman said. “Biloxi is truly our second home with this being our seventh event in front of the supportive legion of BKFC fans there. It’s going to be a night of the world’s best bare-knuckle action inside the Civic Center and for fans watching at home on the BKFC Digital App.”

Headlining BKFC-16 is a lightweight match between veterans Leonard ‘Bad Boy’ Garcia (1-1), fighting out of Lubbock, TX, and Joe ‘The Hitman’ Elmore (2-0), of Atlanta, GA.

‘I am the legend killer’

Elmore has been on a tear, winning his first two BKFC fights. He stopped Will Chope in the first round at BKFC-11 last July, then returned two months later to pull off a unanimous decision victory over Tom Shoaff at BKFC-12. He’s hoping he could make it three in a row.

“I’m excited,” Elmore said about the shot he has been given. “I’m where I deserve to be. I’ve been fighting for this for a long time. I’ve got 40 pro fights and I’ve been the main event for about 30 of them. I just needed a promotion with the proper ability to make me shine. I told David Feldman (BKFC President), ‘it’s my talent, my hard work, and my viciousness that was designed for this sport, but it’s your platform.’ I’m just excited to have this platform and do what I’m gonna do.

While Elmore has high respect for Garcia, he vows to stop the former UFC fighter on Friday night.

“I love Leonard Garcia,” Elmore said. “I’m a huge fan of his. He’s a legend, but with all of my heart, I believe I am the legend killer. I’m coming out here to knock him out. I’ve never been dropped in 40 fights. I’m not nervous at all. I’m excited. The more I have on my shoulders, the more I’m driven with adrenaline just to fight. The big crowds don’t make me nervous. They make me happy nervous. It’s what I crave.”

After his UFC and LFC stints, Garcia made a sensational debut in bare-knuckle fighting in 2019 with a second-round knockout of Julian Lane. Garcia, however, lost his second fight later that year against Jim Alers at BKFC-7. He is hoping to bounce back against Almore.

Co-featured and making his BKFC debut, Former Boxing World Champion DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley of Washington, D.C. clashes with BKFC veteran Reggie ‘Eaz-E’ Barnett Jr. of Virginia Beach, VA in a bantamweight bout.

Exciting undercard fights

Leading off the undercard in the heavyweight division, BKFC’s first-ever Heavyweight World Champion and the First Heavyweight Police Gazette Champion Arnold Adams (3-1), of Oak Forrest, IL, battles fan-favorite Bobo O’Bannon, (1-1) of Mobile, AL.

Adams will be making his return from a long hiatus. His last fight was in August of 2019 at BKFC-7. Among his three victories include huge wins over current BKFC Heavyweight World Champion Joey Beltran and Sam Shewmaker. O’Bannon returns to the Biloxi squared circle following a memorable one-round slugfest against Shewmaker last December at BKFC-15.

Hometown hero

In an outstanding middleweight matchup, Biloxi, MS’s hometown favorite, Tyler ‘The Zombie’ Hill, clashes with ‘Z Man’ Zion Tomlinson (1-0) of Roanoke, VA. The 21-year-old Tomlinson returns to BKFC following his first-round stoppage of Harrison Aiken last October at ‘Toe the Line 2.’

Competing at a weight limit of 165lb., Hattiesburg, MS native Brad ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly, (1-0) collides with Elvin ‘El Bandido’ Brito, (2-2) of Puerto Rico. Kelly quickly impressed the Biloxi faithful last December with a stunning first-round knockout of Kaine Tomlinson, Sr. at BKFC-15. Brito hopes to follow up his action-packed win over Kaleb Harris last July at BKFC-11.

Looking to bounce back

In a welterweight cross-state showdown, Melvin ‘The Young Assassin’ Guillard, (0-1), of Kenner, LA hits the squared circle against BKFC debuting Scott ‘The Irish Spartan’ O’Shaughnessy, of Slidell, LA. In his BKFC debut, Guillard suffered an unfortunate hand injury that stopped his fight against Isaac-Valle Flagg at BKFC-7 almost two years ago.

Also fighting in the welterweight division, Adrian ‘Guard Yo Grill’ Miles of Birmingham, AL battles Saginaw, MI MMA veteran Jason ‘J Hook Em’ Fish (1-0)

Fighting at 165lb. Forrest, MS native Kaleb ‘The Lionheart’ Harris, sporting a BKFC record of 2-3, looks to even his record against battle-tested veteran Noah Cutter of Defuniak Springs, FL.

Making their debuts

In a bantamweight matchup of Los Angeles, CA-based BKFC fighters, David Diaz faces off against Spencer Ruggeri. Both fighters were selected from the BKFC Fighter Tryouts and will be making their promotional debuts.

Rounding out the card in the middleweight division, Louisiana’s Ryan Jones clashes with Eric ‘The Genetic Freak’ Thompson of Slidell, LA.

BKFC-16 main card starts at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Two preliminary bouts will be streamed free on the BKFC YouTube Page @BareKnuckleFightingChampionship starting at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

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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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