After the success of KnuckleMania last February, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship has decided to return to Florida for KnuckleMania II. The February 19 game at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood will feature some big names, including former UFC stars.
BKFC confirms MMA journalist Chris TaylorIt was previously reported that the main event would be Mike Perry vs. Julian Lane. Former UFC contender Chad Mendes will also make his BKFC debut.
“KnuckleMania is going to be great, February 19, Hollywood, [Fla.], again, “BKFC President Dave Feldman tell MMA Fighting. “Last time we were there, I don’t know if anyone knew about this, there weren’t more people there but we sold more tickets than any combat sport in history at the Hard Rock casino Hollywood We’ve sold more tickets than anyone has ever sold there, and we’re in pretty good company with all the major boxing and MMA organizations.
“So that’s good news for us, and we’ll be back there on February 19 for KnuckleMania II with Mike Perry and Julian Lane.”
Perry and Lane got into a crowd fight at a BKFC event in Tampa, Fla., on December 9, leading up to the KnuckleMania fight.
Perry made his MMA debut in 2014 and joined the UFC in 2016. He finished 2-4 of his last six fights with promotion. In November, he fought Michael Seals in a boxing vs. MMA via Triller. Perry has also been involved in a number of skirmishes outside of combat.
Lane started his career empty-handed in 2018. He is 2-4 with BKFC; His last game was a loss to David Rickels last June. He is primarily known for his “Let me bang, bro” line in “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Mendes, 36, retired from the UFC in 2018 after losing to Alexander Volkanovski via TKO at UFC 232. It is not yet known who he will fight at KnuckleMania.
Feldman also announced that Luis Palomino will defend his BKFC lightweight belt against Martin Brown. The former Bellator, World Series of Fighting and ONE Championship fighter is on a 5-0 streak since joining BKFC in 2020. He won that lightweight title and has defended it three times. His last match was a victory over Dat Nguyen in November.
Brown will make his BKFC debut after competing for Atlas Fights, Bellator and Titan FC. His last MMA fight was in 2016 and he was on an 8-fight winning streak.
Feldman also announced that Brother Beltran, formerly known as Brother Hart, would compete for the women’s flyweight title. It is unknown who her opponent will be. The title was originally supposed to be won in a tournament.
“We’ll see what she has in this fight,” Feldman said. “We’ll see what Brit does. It’s going to be a big test for her, and if she passes this test, I think she’s a superstar in hand-to-hand combat. Not a star but a superstar. She had a big test here.”
Beltran made her BKFC debut in 2020. She notably defeated Paige VanZant in February 2021. After that match, she defeated Jenny “Savage” Clausius in July and Pearl Gonzalez in November.