- Paige VanZant lost her first fight in the BKFC earlier this month against Britain Hart.
- BKFC President Dave Feldman claims Paige VanZant’s next fight will take place this summer.
- VanZant will be taking on a “big-name” opponent, according to Feldman.
Earlier this month, Paige VanZant made her debut with the Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship. She lost that fight but told the media she enjoyed her experience in the new sport and planned to compete in the BKFC again. This week, more information about Paige VanZant’s next fight came out.
BKFC President Dave Feldman claims he’s secured a “big name” opponent for Paige. Today, we’ll talk about some of the possible opponents for the former UFC star to take on next. We’ll also look ahead to the next BKFC event taking place in March.
Let’s get into it!
The BKFC Continues to Grow in Popularity
Combat sports are more popular right now than ever before. Major MMA and boxing events are taking place on a regular basis around the world. There are now many legitimate superstars competing across different combat sports.
Bare-knuckle boxing has been around for decades. Historically speaking, however, this was always a sport that most looked down upon. It was seen as far more brutal than traditional boxing and has been prohibited in many parts of the world.
The Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship has helped to change this trend. Since its founding in 2018, this sport’s league has continued to grow more popular. Many high-profile former UFC fighters now compete in the BKFC.
Dave Feldman clearly knows what he is doing. He’s willing to pay more money to bring in fighters with large followings. This strategy is paying off and the BKFC continues to gain more fans with each event that it holds.
Even NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal is investing into the bare-knuckle boxing game. He recently told the media that he plans to invest in the BKFC, going as far as to claim it is the “future of fighting.” It’s that type of exposure that will help the sport grow even more popular.
There are some real superstars competing in bare-knuckle boxing right now. Many fans are now asking when Paige VanZant will make a return to the ring. Here’s what we know about this situation.
Dave Feldman Offers More Information on Paige VanZant’s Next Fight
Former UFC strawweight and flyweight Paige VanZant generated a massive following in a relatively short amount of time. She became a well-known figure to those even outside the sport of MMA thanks to her appearance on “Dancing With the Stars.” People were shocked to hear she had departed from the UFC in order to compete in the BKFC.
Her first fight in the promotion came earlier this month against Britain Hart. It was one of the BKFC’s biggest fights to date and drew in a large number of Pay-Per-View buys. Paige entered this bout as the favorite according to almost all online sports betting sites, yet she was defeated via decision.
Paige isn’t letting this loss get her down. She claims to have enjoyed her experience in the new sport and is ready to compete again. This week, Dave Feldman spoke to the media and claimed that Paige VanZant’s next fight will take place sometime this summer.
“I really take my hat off to her because she didn’t have to do this,” Feldman said. “Now I take my hat off to her even more because she definitely doesn’t have to do this again. She’s doing it and she really wants to prove herself and that’s the kind of person that I want to be in business with, the kind of person I have a lot of respect for. So I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do… I think she’s really going to take a step up in her next fight. Pretty sure we have the opponent. We’re just dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s on this one. It’s another well-known name and I think the public is really going to get behind this one. I think it’s going to be a really competitive fight.”
Fans are already trying to predict who this “big-name” fighter will be. There are several exciting female fighters signed to the BKFC. There’s also a chance that Feldman is bringing in someone specifically to take on VanZant.
Many still want to see Paige taking on Bec Rawlings. These two competed in MMA years ago and there is a rivalry developing. We’ll be sure to offer updates on her fight in bare-knuckle boxing over the next few weeks!
BKFC 16 Takes Place on March 19
The BKFC isn’t slowing down its operations. Officials within the promotion clearly recognize the new popularity it has right now and is working to stack future events with exciting matchups. The promotion’s next event is taking place on March 19.
Fans are already getting excited. This event features a main event between Leonard Garcia and Joe Elmore. Garcia is a former UFC featherweight and has been involved in some of the greatest fights in MMA history.
Joe Elmore is still relatively unknown amongst combat sports fans. He is also a former MMA fighter that has already found success in the bare-knuckle boxing ring. It won’t be long before sites like BetOnline begin offering odds on this exciting matchup.
The co-main event should be incredible, too. DeMarcus Corley had a long, successful run as a professional boxer. He’s now transitioning into the bare-knuckle fight game and is expected to be a huge favorite against his upcoming opponent, Reggie Barnett Jr.
This event is shaping up to be a good one. We’ll hear more about the other bouts taking place at BKFC 16 soon. Stay tuned for an in-depth betting breakdown of all the action taking place soon!
Are you excited to hear about Paige VanZant’s next fight? Who do you think she will face? Let us know in the comments section below!