After The Success of Bare Knuckle FC 1, Fans Will Be Excited That The World’s First Bare Knuckle Boxing Promotion is Adding Even More UFC Veterans to Their Second Card… 

It’s absolutely amazing how after decades of combat sports, a promotion can bring fighters back to the oldest of fighting styles, yet still be the freshest and exciting thing to happen in years. That’s exactly what Bare Knuckle has done and it’s brilliant.

The first-ever legal bare-knuckle boxing event took place in Wyoming’s Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. It was a huge success, with massive interest from fans looking for blood and gore. They were not disappointed. Their second event, BKFC 2: A New Era, will take place in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi, on August 25.

The promotion has signed a whole bunch of former UFC and Bellator fighters, as well as former boxers, and brings them all back to basics. Fans will be excited to hear that they have just signed former UFC middleweight fighter Chris Leben, who is coming out of retirement to fight again.

Great Signing

One of the biggest takeaways from Bare Knuckle FC 1 was that the promotion was already clearly building its own stars. Joey Beltran and Bec Rawlings both won bloody battles to high acclaim with even the likes of Conor McGregor tuning in to watch them throw down. It’s primal and exciting, and fighter’s personalities aren’t sanitized.

Chris Leben is a perfect fighter for them. The former UFC middleweight has fought the likes of Anderson Silva, Michael Bisping and Wanderlei Silva in the past. Did he lose his last four fights? Yes. But The Crippler has the personality and the image to make some dollars in Bare Knuckle FC. It definitely takes a certain type of person to fight under these conditions.

Miraculous Recovery

Leben has managed to miraculously recover from a severe heart condition which doctors warned could prove life-threatening if he continued to fight. His left ventricle was only running on 18% of its normal blood intake, which is absolutely terrifying and ludicrous. He told MMAJunkie:

“For the last three years, I’ve been sober, and I’ve also been on an organic supplement regimen that my boss at Arena MMA put me on. Things like raw cayenne pepper, raw garlic powder, turmeric, wheatgrass – I take about 20 different powders a day, a couple times a day.

I feel better than I ever have. I was probably running on four cylinders my last few UFC fights, and now I’m going to be able to go out there and put 100 percent out. Not to mention, my head is about 1,000 percent clearer. I feel dangerous.”

Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports.


Like any other combat sports event in North America, it must adhere to the rules of the state commission. So you can guarantee that Bare Knuckle FC are looking after their athletes and making sure they are following the rules.

All Bare Knuckle Events are available on Pay-Per-View, or you can, of course, buy tickets for the live event. Leben is expected to make his debut at the company’s third event in October. Let’s hope he likes broken hands. Paul Felder would be perfect for them.

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