“Almost a quarter-century ago, I launched the UFC as a brand-new combat sport, which of course came to be known as MMA,” Davie said. “My vision was to bring back the ancient sport of Pankration with a modern twist. BKFC is following in my footsteps, in bringing back the great history of bare knuckle boxing, and incorporating a modern sensibility.”
Art Davie, the founder and creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, advisor to BKFC
Bare Knuckle boxing has taken another step toward respectability.
I’m following the fights and this sport largely out of curiosity to see what sort of striking style will emerge and the most effective (will it be a sun fist punch?).
A new organization, the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) has been formed and held open fighter tryouts in Philadelphia on July 15th, where the fighters are competing to get a spot on the proposed Ultimate Fighter-style reality show, where the winner will get a contract with the new organization.
The organization intends to bring bareknuckle boxing into the mainstream. They will be following the Broughton Rules, which governed fights back in the 1800s between fighters such as John L. Sullivan and Tommy Ryan.