Bare-knuckle fight card set

Local fighter Reggie Barnett Jr. wins big at bare-knuckle boxing event

Local fighter Reggie Barnett Jr. wins big at bare-knuckle boxing event

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship was held at Cheyenne Ice & Events Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming last night, and the card saw former Bellator heavyweight, Eric Prindle, get brutally KO'd.

On Saturday night, sanctioned bareknuckle boxing returned to America for the first time since 1889. The pay-per-view event consisted of 10 bouts total. An all-female match between Bec Rawlings and Alma Garcia was also scheduled.

Joey Beltran and Tony Lopez fought a bloody battle in the heavyweight category with the latter claiming the win after five brutal rounds.

"All my hard work's payed off and it just feels good to win and go out there and really showcase what I can do", Rawlings said (transcribed by Ryan Harkness for MMAMania) "I felt like I was the best me that I could show tonight and I did it". ". I've always wanted to fight with no gloves".

"It felt the same to get punched as in an MMA fight, which is what my background is", she said. Even that event was illegal and had to be staged under the cover of secrecy as most states had outlawed the non-gloved version of boxing.

The bout drew more than a million viewers, and the promoter of that event and the Wyoming one, David Feldman, realized there was a hungry market for bare-knuckle fights within the combat sports fanbase. It took him another seven years to find a state willing to sanction the next event.