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[DOUBLEPOST=1534523720,1534517820][/DOUBLEPOST]Bouts Set For Bare Knuckle FC 2 on Aug. 25 in Biloxi, Mississippi

Main Event
Kendall Grove vs Bruce Abramski

Co-Main Event: Semi-Finals of HW Tourney
Maurice Jackson vs Sam Shewmaker

Chris Lytle vs TBA
Charles Bennett vs TBA
Tony Lopez vs TBA
Joey Beltran vs Arnold Adams
Bec Rawlings vs Britain Hart

Michael Bissett vs Robert Morrow
Marcel Stamps vs Brandon Martin
Diego Garijo vs Tom Shoaff
Christine Ferea vs Maria Andaverde
Jamie Campbell vs Dale Sopi
Harris Stephenson vs Jorge Gonzales
Reggie Barnett vs James Clayton Burn
 

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Rogain and Cialis?

I figured he’d be juiced to the gills for this, but that’s some mighty preemptive tweeting right there.
 

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Oh Phil the hair color noooo

Honestly this seems to be something I would have pictured Leben doing from the beginning.

Seems perfect for him
 

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Bec Rawlings: Bare knuckle requires time and effort before acceptance as 'proper sport'



Bec Rawlings is proud to be part of the growing foundation of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. She knows the combat style might be frowned upon by some, but the UFC veteran believes there’s a bright future ahead as the organization nears its second event.

“It took a lot of time and effort to really get MMA respected and looked at like a proper sport, and I think it’s going to take that with bare knuckle,” Rawlings said. “But from the last event and how smoothly that ran, how professional it was, the fights were great. We all looked like seasoned fighters out there, which we were, and I think that’s what we definitely need to keep doing and it will progress from there.”

Rawlings, 29, was one of the shining stars from the inaugural BKFC card in June. The card, which featured a host of MMA notables, was the first sanctioned bare-knuckle fighting event in the U.S. since 1889 and saw Rawlings earn a second-round TKO of Alma Garcia.

The promotion returns with BKFC 2 Aug. 25 from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss. Rawlings meets professional boxer Britain Hart on the card.

Although various bare knuckle fighting organizations have popped up around the globe over the years, BKFC broke ground stateside after more than a century. The event garnered plenty of media attention, and in the process stirred a discussion about the concept of fighting without gloves.

As one of the 20 people who competed at BKFC 1, Rawlings vouches for the experience.

“BKFC is doing it right, they’re doing it very professionally,” Rawlings said. “They’re bringing in all the right people and all the right fighters. As long as it keeps going that way, I think the sport is going to take off. … A lot of boxing fans are coming over to bare knuckle because they love the stand-up aspect of boxing and this is just a new cool, fun twist. It’s taking it back old-school.

“I think the U.S. and even Australia one day will open up to doing bare knuckle as well, because it’s such a great event. It’s a great fighting sport, and it wasn’t any crazier than MMA and boxing, as you saw from the last event.”

For Rawlings, the mindset going into her BKFC 2 matchup against Hart is different from her approach nearly three months ago. She has much more awareness to the environment and said that will lend to an even better performance.

“I guess we now know what to expect fight week, what it’s going to be like in there,” Rawlings said. That was kind of the unknown back (in June). … Bare knuckle was meant for me. This sport is all about precision and I know she’s going to come to fight and try to take this momentum from me. I’m not going to let that happen.”
 

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A bunch of “never-were” mixed martial artists engaging at close range with no gloves, limited strikes, and no grappling. It’s like G-list celebrity bum fights.
 

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Christine Ferea reveals the bloody process leading to her bare knuckle boxing debut



Christine Ferea is a veteran of Muay Thai and mixed martial arts (she fought three times for Invicta in 2017), but this weekend she’s trying something completely new: bare knuckle boxing. On Saturday night she’ll be competing at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 2: New Era in Biloxi, Mississippi.

At BKFC 2 Ferea is slated to fight Maria Andaverde, another MMA vet, at 125 lbs. The event also features well known MMA veterans Kendall Grove, Bec Rawlings, Chris Lytle, and Charles Bennett. Ferea’s fight on Saturday will be only the second sanctioned women’s bare knuckle boxing match in US history (Rawlings vs. Alma Garcia at BKFC 1 in June was the first).

Ferea was offered a bout on the first BKFC card, but she had to decline. In her last Invicta bout,against Karina Rodriguez in December, Ferea broke her hand. After she had surgery BKFC came back to Ferea and she eagerly signed up for a fight sans gloves.

“I’m always interested in doing something new with fighting, anything that would open up my game,” said Ferea to Bloody Elbow. “It’s the purest form of fighting and that’s kind of how I looked at it when I first got offered a contract.”

Ferea said fighting at BKFC also gave her an opportunity to get her “boxing on point”, something which she believes will benefit her in many other combat sports she might compete in. In spending so much time boxing, she said she’s also noticed how different that discipline is to what she is used to.

“In Muay Thai, the coaching that I have had previously, is just all about power,” said Ferea. “Power, power, power, not much footwork. Just power and beautiful kicks and knees and elbows, but boxing has so much more moving and head movement, technical things, combos. I’m learning so much more in boxing.”

I had to callous [my hands] up and hurt them a little bit and get them ready to hit bone to bone.
Ferea added that the boxing training she’s undergone since December has also added new levels to her cardio and work ethic. “It’s been awesome. I’ve been really excited and I’ve had a lot of fun just preparing for this. And I know it’s different than boxing, because I can’t go in there and just start swinging like I have gloves on. I have to pick my shots and be super technical. So everything I haven’t been in my whole career, I’m having to be for this sport.”


In preparation for BKFC 2 Ferea said she has spent approximately 80% of her camp without gloves on. “I had to callous them up and hurt them a little bit and get them ready to hit bone to bone,” she revealed. “I want them to be as strong as possible and I don’t want to break one again. So I hit the bags with no gloves, I hit pads with no gloves. I do a lot of strengthening of my hands and body conditioning as well.”

Ferea’s first training session without gloves was a rude awakening that left her hands bloody and raw. It’s only recently that she’s started wearing gloves more often in training, because she needed the month old scabs — which would tear open each session — to heal in time for the actual fight. That first session was especially painful because Ferea was so recently removed from surgery.

The pain that comes with striking without gloves is something Ferea has had to teach herself to get used to. Now, she said, she doesn’t feel anything when she’s hitting a bag bare knuckle. Even though her hands might not hurt in the actual fight, Ferea knows she still needs to be careful — especially when targeting the hardest part of the human body; the head.

“I plan to mix it up,” said Ferea when discussing whether she will attack the body more than the solid bones of the skull. “I can go 80 to 100% power on the body and maybe 20 to 40 on the head. Just as long as I’m being precise and not trying to take her head off. I have to keep her honest, so I can’t not hit the head, but of course I’m not going to hit the head as much.”

“I still have to see,” continued Ferea. “This is my first time doing bare knuckle so I don’t know how much my hands can take. I don’t know what it feels like to hit the head without gloves so I’m going to have to adjust during the fight. I do have a plan going into it, but I have an open mind as well. It’s a test fight, really. I hope it goes a few rounds so I can see what it’s like and I can gauge for my next camp.”

long advocated for her fellow ‘misfits’ — is delighted to be a part of something that’s unusual and somewhat misunderstood. However, Ferea is hoping the underground-feel of bare knuckle fighting is something that will seep away in the years to come.

“I guess it’s still not too respected,” said Ferea. “But when people watch it they’ll notice it takes a lot more skill than they think. Bare knuckle just sounds like brawlers do it, but I’m happy to be a part of it and help it grow.”

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 2: A New Era begins at 8PM ET on Saturday, August 25th. The pay-per-view is available on FITE.
 

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Did beck rawlings actually hold up her hands and call them her 'money makers'? 3-7 between invicta and the UFC she lost 70% of her fights?!?
 

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I’d kind of like to watch one of these events.
 

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