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RELEASE: BKFC Announces Historic Debut

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship to hold 1 st Legal, Regulated, and Sanctioned bare

knuckle event in the United States since the 1889

12 Bout Card will be broadcast live across the US and Canada on Pay Per View

Television From Cheyenne Ice and Events Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Fighters will include former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez, former IBF

Lightweight World Champion Paul Spadafora, Lineal Bare Knuckle Boxing Heavyweight

Champion Bobby Gunn, and former WEC Middleweight Champion Joe Riggs

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

April 10, 2018

Combat sports history will be made in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Saturday, June 2 nd , when the

Philadelphia based Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) presents the first legal,

regulated, and sanctioned bare knuckle event in the United States since 1889.

Held under the auspices and control of the Wyoming Combative Sports Commission, headed by

Chairman Bryan Pedersen, the 12 bout card will feature only established professional fighters,

who have competed in boxing, MMA, kickboxing, and Muay Thai; and include the quarter-final

round of an 8-man heavyweight tournament.

“This is the start of a new era in combat sports,” said BKFC President and former professional

boxer David Feldman. “Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship will combine the incredibly rich

history of bare knuckle under the Broughton and London Prize Ring Rules, with a modern rule

set for this generation. By showcasing professional fighters from a wide array of disciplines, we

want to answer the question: Who is the best pure striker on the planet?”

The inaugural event, “BKFC: The Beginning”, will be held at the Cheyenne Ice and Events

Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and air throughout the United States and Canada on Pay Per

View through Multivision Media, Inc., on all major television and streaming distribution outlets for


Tickets are available now exclusively at ranging from $50 to $200

“Our Commission is proud to be regulating this great event, which speaks to Wyoming’s

tradition of strong Western independence. We are excited to work with Mr. Feldman, and the

professionalism that he brings to the sport,” said Bryan Pedersen, Chairman of the Wyoming

Combat Sports Commission

Among those scheduled to fight on the card at “BKFC: The Beginning” are:

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez

Former IBF Lightweight World Champion Paul Spadafora

Lineal Bare Knuckle Boxing Heavyweight Champion Bobby Gunn

Former WEC Middleweight Champion & 12 fight UFC veteran Joe Riggs

Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Winner & All-Army Boxing Champion Eric Prindle

Undefeated Heavyweight Professional Boxer Sam Shewmaker

The card is scheduled to feature additional fight veterans from the UFC, PBC, Bellator, and K1;

and with fighters hailing from the US, Canada, Russia, England, and Australia.

Said BKFC President David Feldman, “As excited as we are for this event, we’re even more

excited to launch a new combat sport franchise with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. This

is truly just the beginning.”

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