BKFC KnuckleMania Preview

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Friday night is going to be crazy! It’s time for BKFC KnuckleMania. Expect fireworks from the biggest BKFC card in history!

BKFC KnuckleMania

It’s time for BKFC Knuckle Mania! Bare Knuckle FC is back this Friday night with their biggest and most highly anticipated card ever. Headlining this must-see event is Paige VanZant, making her Bare Knuckle debut. She’ll be facing the talented Britain Hart in what should be a slugfest. A lot of people are not giving VanZant a chance, but she’s talented and tough and could well win via stoppage.

One of the co-main events features the BKFC bantamweight title fight as Johnny Bedford will toe the line with Dat Nguyen. Johnny Bedford has been unstoppable since transitioning to BKFC, going 5-0 with three of those wins coming via stoppage. Dat Nguyen is a former professional boxer who has gone 2-0 since making his debut in the bare-knuckle arena. In Nguyen’s last outing, at BKFC 10, he stopped the highly regarded Abdiel Velazquez via first-round KO. Whoever wins this clash will leave Lakeland, FL with the bantamweight championship belt.

Chris Leben is making his last walk to combat this Friday night. The Ultimate Fighter 1 season star and longtime UFC veteran is calling it a career win or lose Friday night. The man looking to spoil Leben’s last fight is Quentin Henry. Henry is a perfect 2-0 with two first-round knockouts since joining the promotion and will be looking to run those totals to three Friday night. He has devastating power in both hands, but isn’t terribly fast and doesn’t have great footwork. A boxer can outbox him, but for the most part, you’d expect Leben to brawl, and that could go wrong, fast.

BKFC KnuckleMania Main Card Fights

Paige VanZant vs. Britain Hart

Prediction: Paige VanZant will look sharp in her debut and roll to a pretty dominant decision victory over Britain Hart. It will be a big night for VanZant and the Bare Knuckle FC.

Johnny Bedford vs. Dat Nguyen

Prediction: Johnny Bedford walks out of Lakeland, FL as the bantamweight champion. He is just too powerful for the very technical Nguyen.

Chirs Leben vs. Quentin Henry

Prediction: As sad as this makes me, I am going with Quentin Henry via TKO. He’s just got too much power and Leben loves to brawl too much.

Dillon Cleckler vs. Chris Jensen

Prediction: Cleckler is 10-1 in MMA and won his BKFC debut convincingly, stopping Frank Tate via TKO. Chris Jensen is a veteran of Valor Bare Knuckle and won his debut with that promotion. Cleckler is just too big and talented and will likely dispatch Jensen in the early going.

Lorenzo Hunt vs. Rob Morrow

Prediction: Hunt is 3-1 inside the BKFC ring, and has looked improved in his past couple of fights. He’ll have his hands full with Rob Morrow, who has a wealth of combat experience despite being stopped in his BKFC debut. Hunt has the better skill set and should win this via stoppage.

Charisa Sigala vs. Taylor Starling

Prediction: This should be a fun contest. Both fighters have some experience, but not in the bare-knuckle arena. In the end, Charisa Sigala might have the faster hands and that should serve her well. Sigala via decision is likely.

Dave Morgan vs. Travis Thompson

Prediction: Morgan makes his BKFC debut after dropping seven consecutive MMA fights. Thompson is 1-1 in BKFC and will likely move to 2-1 after this contest. Travis wins this one quickly.

Brandon Lambert vs. Jarod Grant 

Prediction:  Jarod Grant wins via TKO. Not too much is known about Lambert heading into this fight.

BKFC KnuckleMania Preliminary Fights

Martin Brown vs. Zach Zane

Prediction: Brown earned his way into BKFC by winning via a first-round stoppage at Toe the Line 1. Zane is making his debut after last competing and winning in Bellator. This should be a good fight, but Martin Brown likely wins it.

John Chalbeck vs. Greg Bono 

Prediction: Chalbeck making his debut after going 4-0 in MMA. He’s won all four via stoppage and I expect him to stop Bono here in his debut.

Haim Gozali vs. John McAllister

Prediction: John McAllister wins via TKO

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Dan has been covering and writing about MMA since 2001 when he started at Sherdog. He is a fan of all Bay Area sports teams and loves the San Francisco 49ers.

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