BKFC Founder Uninterested In Bare Knuckle MMA: “Grappling Takes Away From The Excitement”

BKFC Founder Uninterested In Bare Knuckle MMA: “Grappling Takes Away From The Excitement”

BKFC founder and President, David Feldman, has been on the forefront of legalizing bare knuckle sports for over half a decade…
But what about bare knuckle mixed martial arts? Is he interested in legalizing such a sport as well?

Well, according to an interview Feldman gave to Bloody Elbow, it doesn’t appear so.
Why? Among other things, it’s because he believes that grappling takes away from the excitement of combat in this case.

Here’s what he had to say about bare knuckle MMA:

I think bare knuckle MMA is good, not taking anything away from anybody, but I think that the reason why I created bare knuckle was to keep the excitement going.

I think that in bare knuckle MMA, I think that once a guy lands a punch, like in BKFC for instance, there they have to stand and bang.
There’s nothing else you can do. You got to stand and bang.

And if you don’t stand and bang, you’re going to lose, right? You’re going to lose the fight.

But when you throw grappling into the equation…

In bare knuckle MMA, however, you get hit with a bare knuckle punch, you could take the guy down right away, and you don’t have to stand and bang.

And then you can go into your Jiu-Jitsu moves, which are great, right, fantastic sport. Awesome.
But I think it takes away from some of the excitement that I created with BKFC.

All in all, Feldman doesn’t think it’s time yet to introduce bare knuckle MMA into the repertoire:

I’m never going to say never because, you know, as things evolve you’re going to see what happens.
I’m not 100% sure yet.

I just know that we didn’t grow BKFC itself to where we wanted to grow yet to actually add those things into our repertoire yet.