BKFC KnuckleMania II: What fights are booked for the event?

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After the occurrence of KnuckleMania last February, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship has decided to return to Florida for KnuckleMania II. The Feb. 19 paper astatine the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino successful Hollywood volition diagnostic respective large names, including erstwhile UFC stars.

BKFC confirmed MMA writer Chris Taylor's earlier report that the main lawsuit volition beryllium Mike Perry vs. Julian Lane. Former UFC contender Chad Mendes volition beryllium making his BKFC debut arsenic well.

"KnuckleMania's going to beryllium tremendous, Feb. 19, Hollywood, [Fla.], again," BKFC president Dave Feldman told MMA Fighting. "Last clip we were there, I don’t cognize if anyone knows this, determination wasn't much radical determination but we sold much tickets than immoderate combat athletics successful past astatine the Hard Rock Hollywood Casino. We sold much tickets than anyone ever sold there, and we're successful beauteous bully institution determination with each the large boxing and MMA organizations.

"So that was bully quality for us, and we're backmost determination Feb. 19 for KnuckleMania II with Mike Perry vs. Julian Lane."

MORE: Can Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship become a unit successful combat sports?

Perry and Lane fought each different successful the assemblage astatine a BKFC lawsuit successful Tampa, Fla., connected Dec. 9, which led to the KnuckleMania fight.

Perry made his MMA debut successful 2014 and joined the UFC successful 2016. He finished 2-4 successful his past six fights with the promotion. In November, helium fought Michael Seals successful a boxing vs. MMA combat via Triller. Perry has besides been progressive successful respective brawls extracurricular fighting.

Lane started his bare-knuckle vocation successful 2018. He is 2-4 with BKFC; his past combat was a nonaccomplishment to David Rickels past June. He is mostly known for his "Let maine bang, bro" line during "The Ultimate Fighter."

Mendes, 36, retired from the UFC successful 2018 aft losing via TKO to Alexander Volkanovski astatine UFC 232. It is chartless who helium volition combat astatine KnuckleMania.

Feldman besides announced that Luis Palomino volition support his BKFC lightweight rubric against Martin Brown. The erstwhile Bellator, World Series of Fighting and ONE Championship combatant is 5-0 since joining BKFC successful 2020. He won the lightweight rubric that twelvemonth and has defended it 3 times. His past combat was a triumph implicit Dat Nguyen successful November.

Brown volition beryllium making his BKFC debut aft competing for Atlas Fights, Bellator and Titan FC. His past MMA combat was successful 2016 and helium was connected an eight-fight triumph streak.

Feldman besides announced that Britain Beltran, formerly known arsenic Britain Hart, volition vie for the women's flyweight title. It is chartless who her hostile volition be. The rubric was primitively expected to beryllium won successful a tournament.

"We're going to spot what she has successful this fight," Feldman said. "We’re going to spot what Brit’s made retired of. It's going to beryllium a large trial for her, and if she gets done this test, I deliberation she's a superstar for bare-knuckle fighting. Not a prima but a superstar. She’s got a large trial here."

Beltran made her BKFC debut successful 2020. She notably bushed Paige VanZant successful February 2021 via unanimous decision. Following that bout, she bushed Jenny "Savage" Clausius successful July and Pearl Gonzalez successful November.

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