BKFC President David Feldman isn’t making a gift of too many particulars from a latest assembly with UFC CEO Dana White, however it seems he’s made a brand new buddy in fight sports activities.
Following the conclusion of BKFC 57 on Friday night time, Feldman addressed a latest picture posted that confirmed him standing alongside White after sitting down to talk. BKFC has been quickly increasing in latest months, which incorporates sanctioning pushes in California and Nevada.
California has already authorised bare-knuckle combating within the state; BKFC just lately introduced KnuckleMania IV for Los Angeles on April 27.
“It was extra of simply creating an ally,” Feldman instructed MMA Preventing in regards to the assembly with White. “That’s actually all I’ve to say. It was nice assembly, he’s an amazing man. He’s doing his factor with UFC, and we’re going to do our factor with BKFC. We’re going to be the most important fight sport on the planet.”
Feldman has typically mentioned he doesn’t actually view the UFC as competitors to his enterprise as a result of bare-knuckle combating isn’t the identical as MMA. In fact, BKFC stays one of many solely main fight sports activities promotions commonly promoting tickets to occasions, together with over 8,000 bought in Utah when BKFC 56 landed there this previous December.
So far as doing enterprise with the UFC sooner or later, Feldman wasn’t against the concept, particularly if there was an opportunity for cross-promotion offers that might enable fighters from the UFC to compete in BKFC and vice versa. BKFC beforehand did that when Bellator MMA allowed Michael “Venom” Web page to compete in a bare-knuckle battle towards Mike Perry.
“We wish to develop our sport,” Feldman mentioned. “We wish to make our sport the most important it may be. If meaning teaming up with different promotions, we’ve nothing towards doing something like that, as a result of we expect that it’s simply going to make the game develop and the corporate develop and the enterprise develop. So something that’s going to make it develop, we’re down for it.”
Feldman additionally revealed a just lately assembly with RIZIN president Nobuyuki Sakakibara and welcomed dignitaries from Abu Dhabi to the BKFC 57 card on Friday. That each one performs an element in BKFC’s plans for international growth; the bare-knuckle present beforehand held occasions in loctions like Thailand and the U.Okay.
“We had folks from all around the world in attendance tonight,” Feldman mentioned. “All of them beloved it, and we’re going to develop in every single place.”