After the success of KnuckleMania last February, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship has decided to return to Florida for KnuckleMania II. The Feb. 19 card at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood will feature several big names, including former UFC stars.
BKFC confirmed MMA journalist Chris Taylor‘s earlier report that the main event will be Mike Perry vs. Julian Lane. Former UFC contender Chad Mendes will be making his BKFC debut as well.
“KnuckleMania’s going to be tremendous, Feb. 19, Hollywood, [Fla.], again,” BKFC president Dave Feldman told MMA Fighting. “Last time we were there, I don’t know if anyone knows this, there wasn’t more people there but we sold more tickets than any combat sport in history at the Hard Rock Hollywood Casino. We sold more tickets than anyone ever sold there, and we’re in pretty good company there with all the major boxing and MMA organizations.
“So that was good news for us, and we’re back there Feb. 19 for KnuckleMania II with Mike Perry vs. Julian Lane.”
Perry and Lane fought each other in the crowd at a BKFC event in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 9, which led to the KnuckleMania fight.
Perry made his MMA debut in 2014 and joined the UFC in 2016. He finished 2-4 in his last six fights with the promotion. In November, he fought Michael Seals in a boxing vs. MMA fight via Triller. Perry has also been involved in several brawls outside fighting.
Lane started his bare-knuckle career in 2018. He is 2-4 with BKFC; his last fight was a loss to David Rickels last June. He is mostly known for his “Let me bang, bro” line during “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Mendes, 36, retired from the UFC in 2018 after losing via TKO to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 232. It is unknown who he will fight at KnuckleMania.
Feldman also announced that Luis Palomino will defend his BKFC lightweight title against Martin Brown. The former Bellator, World Series of Fighting and ONE Championship fighter is 5-0 since joining BKFC in 2020. He won the lightweight title that year and has defended it three times. His last fight was a win over Dat Nguyen in November.
Brown will be making his BKFC debut after competing for Atlas Fights, Bellator and Titan FC. His last MMA fight was in 2016 and he was on an eight-fight win streak.
Feldman also announced that Britain Beltran, formerly known as Britain Hart, will compete for the women’s flyweight title. It is unknown who her opponent will be. The title was originally supposed to be won in a tournament.
“We’re going to see what she has in this fight,” Feldman said. “We’re going to see what Brit’s made out of. It’s going to be a big test for her, and if she gets through this test, I think she’s a superstar for bare-knuckle fighting. Not a star but a superstar. She’s got a big test here.”
Beltran made her BKFC debut in 2020. She notably beat Paige VanZant in February 2021 via unanimous decision. Following that bout, she beat Jenny “Savage” Clausius in July and Pearl Gonzalez in November.