Two former UFC champions, Luke Rockhold and Eddie Alvarez have signed on to Bare Knuckle FC.
Just a few years ago a new type of combat sports organization burst onto the scene and in a big way. Bare-knuckle fighting has been around forever but when the Bare Knuckle FC came about they made it their mission to compete with some of the biggest names in combat sports. They are now doing just that as the events have been getting a lot of interest from fans and they have been signing big named fighters. There might not be a bigger signing announcement for this organization than the one Dave Feldman broke on The MMA Hour on Wednesday. He announced the addition of two former UFC champions to the roster.
Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will be making their BKFC debuts on the same night at the BKFC 41 event on April 29.
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Luke Rockhold will be returning from retirement to make the move to bare-knuckle boxing
Rockhold last fought in the UFC back in August of last year. He faced Paulo Costa on the main card of the UFC 278 event. Following the loss, Rockhold announced his retirement from MMA. He walked away from the UFC and officially became a free agent. That retirement did not last long and he began to hint at making a return in the future. Now it is clear that BKFC is his new direction and he will be making his debut with a splash. He will be taking on another former UFC fighter, Mike Perry in the main event of BKFC 41.
Alvarez has been away from the UFC for much longer than Rockhold. He left back in 2018 and later signed with ONE Championship. He has fought four times with ONE Championship, with two losses, a win, and a no-contest. Recently Alvarez announced his desire to test free agency himself and now finds a home with BKFC as well. He will be taking on former UFC fighter Chad Mendes in the co-main event of the BKFC 41 card.
This event will go down on April 29 live from the 1st Bank Arena in Broomfield, Colorado. The event will be a PPV and can be purchased for $49.99. Tickets are not yet on sale.