Saturday night, the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship returned with only its second card at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum. A lot of locals came out to witness these fights.
The first fight began at 7 p.m. with each fight holding five two-minute rounds. BKFC only uses established fighters who have previously competed professionally. Bec Rawlings, Chris Lytle, and Kendall Glove all won big in the squared circle Saturday night.
A local Gulfport police officer fought in this event for the first time and said he was excited, win or lose, to be with Bare Knuckle Fighting. Bare Knuckle Fighter Harris Stephenson said, “I’ve been doing MMA for 11 years and this is a new thing coming around so it’s kind of a combination of boxing and MMA cause you can do the clench and it’s a lot more stand up. So, I decided to explore something new and try to ride the wave of the hype behind this new sport because I think it’s going to explode and I hope to rise up with it.”
The BKFC is the first organization to promote the first legal, sanctioned, and regulated bare knuckle event in the United States since 1889.