BKFC founder David Feldman would love to see Conor McGregor knuckle up inside the squared circle someday.
Earlier this year, McGregor made headlines when he attended BKFC 41 in Denver and appeared to have a hell of a time, cheering on the action while downing a bottle of Proper No. 12 from ringside. The event delivered a heap of highlights, but perhaps the biggest came when McGregor entered the ring for a showdown with one of the promotion’s top stars.
It’s a moment that had everyone, including Feldman, dreaming of the day that McGregor can toe the line and do some damage with his bare knuckles.
“Bare-knuckle fighting, people coin it as an Irish sport,” Feldman told MMA Junkie. “An Irish fighting sport, and he’s an Irish fighter obviously, and he knows how to box. He knows how to punch. He has that kind of style. He has a little bit more of an elongated stance that fits better for bare-knuckle fighting and look, who wouldn’t want to see Conor McGregor fight in bare-knuckle fighting? It’s as real as it gets. He was so excited about it.
“Forget that he made an appearance, forget that he jumped in the ring, but everything he did to talk about the sport for weeks and weeks after the event and still does it from time to time. I think that means he definitely has interest in it. The fans would love to see him in it, but he is contracted with the UFC, and that would be really a dream for us to be able to put him in there, but you never know.”
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Feldman Would Love to See Conor McGregor and ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry Knuckle Up
As for who he would potentially book as Conor McGregor’s first BKFC opponent, only one man comes to mind. The man that the Irishman went face-to-face with in April.
“I’d love to put him in with Mike Perry,” Feldman said. “I think the whole entire combat sports world would tune in for that. I think it’s a great fight, and it’s a great storyline, and I think it’s two guys that know how to talk and know how to back it up. I think it would be tremendous. It’s a dream fight, but dreams do come true.”
As much as McGregor and Feldman would love to work together, there is one glaring obstacle standing in the way, but as they say in combat sports, never say never.
“He said it publically that this is a great game, something he would like to do, but like I said, he’s tied up with the UFC right now, but if he wasn’t, I could see him absolutely fighting over here. He said how much he liked it. He said this is the greatest combat sport that he ever saw live.
“He witnessed it live and said, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this.’ It’s unbelievably exciting. It’s engaging. It’s furious. It’s a fan-favorite type of fight. He just kept saying it. He’s been a great promotional tool for us.”
Watch the full interview below: