Bare knuckle boxing promotion ‘BKFC’ has become increasingly popular in recent months but what’s the appeal of it?
I’m going to begin by saying that I’m not a fan of bare knuckle boxing. In fact, I’ll go even further as to say that I’m not a fan of the promotion ‘Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship’ (BKFC)
“But Shane, you’re a strong advocate for MMA, so what’s the difference you fucking hypocrite?”, some of you may say.
I’ll be the first to admit that MMA has its fair share of problems – drug cheats, the promotion of domestic abusers, awful mismatches etc. But for all intents and purposes, it’s a recognised legitimate sport in most places. *cough* here’s looking at you Shane Ross.
It’s grating to think that all the hard work being done to regulate and have MMA recognised as an official sport -particularly in Ireland and the UK- could be undone by a freak show abomination that will automatically get lumped into the category of MMA as being “barbaric”.
People are correct in calling bare knuckle boxing what it is…. Crass, disgusting, awful… However, people – I am looking at you over sensationalised mainstream media – need to realise that BKB and MMA are two separate entities and should be treated as such.
It would be similar to me trying to argue the point that Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones are the same thing. Same realm, sure but so very different.
I can only describe bare knuckle boxing as MMA’s ugly cousin that wants attention and it certainly doesn’t give a damn how it goes about garnering it either.
BKFC seem to be the premier organisation right now and are picking up ex-UFC fighters and boxers in order to gain a bit of publicity and it certainly did so this week during a press conference between Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov where the outspoken Malignaggi spat in Lobov’s face.
I’m all for a bit of jawing before a big fight but when your bout build up involves lobbing your bodily fluids at an opponent, that’s where it gets ugly and for BKFC owner Dave Feldman he probably just saw green ahead of the June 22nd showdown.
After a fight between Rusty Crowder and Reggie Barnett at BKFC 5, Feldman took to the ring to tell the crowd that “at BKFC, we came for action and we demand action…. Crowder didn’t produce action, all he wanted to do was run and so Crowder will be giving up half his purse to Barnett”
For all of Dana White and Scott Coker’s faults, they know how to sell a fight fairly well even if it is laced with hyperbolic nonsense but I don’t think they’ve ever gone down the route of threatening to slash a fighter’s pay cheque after a dismal showing at an event.
It’s fair to say that the comments didn’t go down well at all within the combat sports community and so Crowder was actually given his full contracted salary for competing.
The resurgence of bare knuckle boxing competitions comes at an interesting time and obviously BKFC have a lot to do with it given their publicity and level of fighter at their disposal.
I wonder if it’s anything to do with the over saturation of MMA given that the UFC have an event on seemingly every week and coupled with Bellator – now available on Sky- and Cage Warriors, is it a case that people are becoming burned out by MMA and are seeking something new? Or is it that people are sadists and want to watch a crass form of boxing that should have died out long ago?
The answer is probably somewhere in between and you’re all suckers for buying into this shit show.