Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship is entering the busiest stretch in company history, and the promotion's president, David Feldman, was able to provide MMA Underground a few updates on the organization's plans for a few of its biggest stars.
Nine-time UFC veteran Paige VanZant was previously expected to headline a July 9 event at Alexandra Palace in London, but that show has been pushed back one week and moved to an iconic venue in The SSE Arena, Wembley. Feldman also said VanZant's bout – against an opponent yet to be determined – will not be the main event but will instead feature as part of a stacked lineup of notable names.
"It'll be July 16," Feldman said. "It'll be at the Wembley Arena. Paige will be on the card. She's not headlining it. That was just a mistake. I just said in an interview, 'Yeah, Paige is going to fight,' and then everyone said she's the main event."
Instead, Feldman said he's currently working on signing three new heavyweights to the roster to compliment the newly announced addition of Ben Rothwell to BKFC. Once those are complete, he expects to headline the card with a big heavyweight contest.
"I'm hoping the lock one of these heavyweight signings up tomorrow, which will be the main event for that card, and then I have a call right after our interview here actually to do the co-main event over there," Feldman said. "Then the undercard is just stacked."
Feldman said he's hoping for a BKFC record attendance of between 8,000 and 10,000 fans for the July show, the promotion's first in the U.K.
"I really can't wait for that one because that's like Wembley Arena, right?" Feldman said. "Like, I started this thing in an ice hockey rink in Cheyenne, Wyoming, June 2, 2018 with 2,000 fans, and now we're going to go to one of the most well-known arenas in the U.K. on July 16, 2022, four years later. It's amazing."
Prior to that event, however, the organization has plenty more on its plate. On Saturday, BKFC 24 takes place in Montana and features a title fight between reigning light heavyweight champion Lorenzo Hunt against UFC, Strikeforce and WEC veteran Joe Riggs. In May, the organization visits Florida, Nebraska and Thailand in the course of just eight days.
Feldman is also planning on a big June event, which will include the return of another popular UFC veteran in Mike Perry.
"June 24 will be back at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida," Feldman said. "I can't announce the whole card, but we'll have Luis Palomino back on the card. We'll have Elvin Brito back on the card. 'Platinum' Mike Perry will be back on that card, as well as a lot of different undercard guys – probably one of these new signings that I'm going to announce in the next couple of days will be on the card, as well, so it's going to be another stacked card. It's going to be a great one."
Feldman said BKFC is also planning on visiting both Albuquerque and Salt Lake City for the first time laster this year as the promotion's schedule continues to fill. Feldman said more athlete signings are coming, and he expects nothing but exponential growth moving forward.
"it's been a crazy ride so far, and here we are four years later, kicking it, you know, and well-known all over the world and just doing what we have to do and keep putting on these great shows and taking care of the folks," Feldman said. "So I'm happy, the team's happy, and I think the fighters are happy, as well."
To see the full interview with Feldman, check out the video above.