mixed martial arts

Bare knuckle fighting

Tom Sayers, Champion of England

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How one of the oldest forms of competitive martial arts has exploded in the modern era.

If you're a fan of MMA or boxing, there’s no doubt at some point in time you have pondered the question. What if they didn’t have gloves? Which is natural. Wondering how schoolyard fisticuffs would look with professionally trained competitors. Founder David Feldman had the same question when he set out to legitimize bare knuckle fighting. Feldman being a former professional himself would be well aware of the obstacles in his way but after founding the company in April of 2018, BKFC had its first event in June of that same year. In Cheyenne, Wyoming. It would be the first legal, sanctioned event of its kind in America since 1889. Adopting mainstay regulations based on the Broughton Rules. (Which regulated bare knuckle fighting in the 19th Century.) Fighters would have to “Toe the line” and begin the bout only inches away from each other. Which I thought was the coolest thing in the world when I first heard about it.
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