Jorge Masvidal’s enterprise as a struggle promoter will formally kick off this summer time.
The previous UFC title challenger and MMA star is about to launch his bareknuckle MMA promotion, Gamebred Preventing Championship, on June 18 in Biloxi, Miss. The occasion is being headlined by a bout between MMA and bareknuckle boxing veterans Jason Knight and Charles Bennett. The information was introduced on Saturday.
Masvidal (35-15 MMA, 15-9 UFC) announced his plans to start a bareknuckle MMA promotion earlier this yr forward of his title bout rematch with Kamaru Usman at UFC 261 – a bout he misplaced by second-round knockout.
“When you guys are searching for one thing just a little bit totally different, simply think about what they do with out gloves,” Masvidal mentioned. “That’s sort of the thought. Higher grappling. Higher placing. We assume there’s going to be higher finishes.”
Each Knight and Bennett are usually not strangers to MMA and combating bareknuckle.
Knight competed within the UFC for 3 years, racking up a report of 4-5 and three “Efficiency of the Night time” bonuses, beating notable names reminiscent of Dan Hooker and Alex Caceres. He’s additionally competed twice in bareknuckle boxing below the BKFC banner.
Bennett has over 70 skilled MMA fights, competing below many notable MMA promotions reminiscent of in Pleasure FC, Rizin FF, EliteXC, and King of the Cage. He’s competed in bareknuckle boxing below the BKFC banner the place he’s gone 0-3. The 41-year-old additionally stays winless in MMA in fairly a while being winless in his final 11 MMA bouts.
The inagural occasion will air dwell on BKTVApp.com on June 18.