Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship to hold 1st 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 2nd, 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 $29.95.

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.”


After the fighters are introduced, the referee with call the fighters to the center of the the ring, where there will be two four foot lines separated by three foot. 


The referee will say fighters "toe the line" where fighters will out there front foot on the their respective lines. 


The referee will then say "Knuckle Up" that will instruct the fighters to start fighting at close quarters to ensure more action. 


The fighters may only strike with their their closed fists. No elbows, knees, kicks, or grappling. 


If a fighter is cut and the blood is interfering with his vision the referee will call a 30 second time out for the cut man to stop the bleeding. We did this because we anticipate more cuts and  ensure they fights not get stopped quickly.  


When a fighter is in a clinch with one hand he may strike with the open hand. If there is a three second lull in action the referee will break the fighters. 


The fighters may also grab the fighter by the back of the neck or head and punch with the open hand. 


This is what I call Bare Knuckle Boxing with a twist. 


These rules are in place to create more action for the fans.