Reviving the Legacy of Bare Knuckle Fighting: An Insight into BKFC and its Visionary Founder David Feldman

Reviving the Legacy of Bare Knuckle Fighting: An Insight into BKFC and its Visionary Founder David Feldman
Photo Credit: David Feldman, BKFC

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC), under the visionary leadership of founder and former professional boxer David Feldman, has not only revived the ancient art of bare knuckle fighting but has also taken significant strides in bringing this exhilarating sport to a global audience. With its first sanctioned event in the United States since 1889, BKFC has become a symbol of innovation and high-level competition in combat sports.

David Feldman, reflecting on the organization’s growth, says, “Our goal was to bring back bare knuckle fighting in a way that’s safe, exciting, and respects the sport’s rich history. Seeing BKFC grow beyond the U.S. and gain international recognition is a testament to our commitment and vision.”

BKFC’s commitment to preserving the historical legacy of bare knuckle fighting is evident in its unique ring design and rule set. The BKFC “Squared Circle,” inspired by the 19th-century Broughton Rules, features scratch lines and encourages fighters to “Toe the Line,” starting every round face to face, inches apart.

Feldman explains, “The ‘Squared Circle’ isn’t just a ring; it’s a testament to the sport’s history. We’ve brought back the scratch lines, making every round start with an intensity that’s unparalleled in modern combat sports.”

A defining feature of BKFC is its adherence to true bare knuckle fighting. Fighters are not allowed to wrap their hands within one inch of the knuckle, maintaining the sport’s authenticity and rawness.

Reviving the Legacy of Bare Knuckle Fighting: An Insight into BKFC and its Visionary Founder David Feldman
Photo Credit: BKFC

“The purity of bare knuckle fighting is in the minimal protection,” Feldman emphasizes. “By not allowing wraps near the knuckles, we maintain the authenticity that makes BKFC unique.”

BKFC’s global expansion is evident in its upcoming events. Following the success of its events across the United States, BKFC is set to host several more international events in 2024. Some of the key events include BKFC 58 in Bulgaria on March 22, 2024, at the Arena Sofia, marking another milestone in BKFC’s international presence. Additionally, BKFC is holding events in Canada, and plans to complete a Middle East partnership, that will include India as well.

Feldman speaks about the international expansion, “Expanding globally has always been part of our vision. Bringing BKFC to countries like Bulgaria, UK, MIddle East, Japan and Canada is just the beginning. We’re excited to introduce more people around the world to the thrill of bare knuckle fighting.”

In the United States, BKFC continues to organize high-profile events. The upcoming Fight Night Prospect in Albuquerque on January 27, 2024, at the Revel Arena and BKFC 57 in Hollywood, Florida, on February 2, 2024, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino are set to be spectacular showcases of talent and skill in the world of combat sports.

Feldman adds, “Every event we organize, whether in the U.S. or abroad, is a celebration of the fighters’ skill, courage, and the sport’s rich history. We’re dedicated to providing our fans with unforgettable experiences.”

As BKFC continues to grow and gain popularity, it’s clear that the organization is not just about fighting; it’s about honoring a tradition, ensuring fighter safety, and showcasing the skill and courage of its athletes. With David Feldman at the helm, BKFC is undoubtedly poised to make a significant impact in the world of combat sports, bringing bare knuckle fighting to the masses while paying homage to its storied past and expanding its reach globally.

For more information on BKFC and their upcoming events, you can visit their official website at

Published by: Aly Cinco


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