Paige VanZant’s bare-knuckle boxing live stream: How to watch, Fight time, Channel, Predictions
What live stream and TV channel is BKFC KnuckeMania on?
BKFC KnuckleMania will be broadcast live on Fite.TV.
The full card costs $19.99 to purchase through Fite.TV.
The Fite live stream starts from 2am.
Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship will deliver the biggest event in its history on Friday, Feb. 5. KnuckleMania is headlined by a bought between former UFC superstar Paige VanZant and Britain Hart. And it all takes place live on pay-per-view via FITE TV, according to Cleverland.
VanZant’s career in the UFC may not have amounted to a championship. But she instantly became a fan favorite and pop culture star through appearances on TV shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “Chopped.”
VanZant is approaching 3 million followers on Instagram and rather than go the OnlyFans route, she recently launched her own website offering exclusive photos and content for a subscription of $19.99 a month.
But the former MMA star will have to be at the top of her fight game for her Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship debut at KnuckleMania. She’ll take on Hart who is coming off a KO/TKO win against Randine Elkholm last November. VanZant is the favorite with odds of -150.
|The BKFC Knuckle Mania weigh-ins are below: |
Paige VanZant (126) vs. Britain Hart (124.4)
Johnny Bedford (133.7) vs. Dat Nguyen (134)
Chris Leben (204.6) vs. Quentin Henry (205.2)
Lorenzo Hunt (206.8) vs. Rob Morrow (204.4)
Martin Brown (155.4) vs. Zach Zane (155.5)
John Chalbeck (144.7) vs. Greg Bono (144.5)
Charisa Sigala (122.7) vs. Taylor Starling (125.6) VanZant
Dillon Cleckler (248) vs. Chris Jensen (262.7)
David Morgan (135.9) vs. Travis Thompson (135.4)
Haim Gozali (204) vs. John McAllister (201.8)
Jarod Grant (134.6) vs. Brandon Lambert (137)
Drew Lipton (183.6) vs. Jeff Bailey (186.9)
What did VanZant say?
Many predicted VanZant, whose name carries weight with casual and non-fighting fans thanks to her success on reality competition shows “Dancing With the Stars” and “Chopped,” to join husband Austin Vanderford under the Bellator banner, New York Post reported.
Noting that she respects the offer she received from one of the top two MMA outfits after the UFC and other would-be suitors, it’s unlikely to have been competitive with what BKFC brought to the table.
With new management negotiating this deal than had previously bargained with the UFC, VanZant secured what manager Malki Kawa referred to last August as “a multi-million dollar deal and we’re not even talking the sprinkles and the cherries that go on top of the sundae.”
“On top of their amazing offer, it was just where my passion was,” VanZant said. “I thought of how exciting it would be to call myself a professional bare knuckle boxer. It’s the one where I felt like this was gonna make me stand out, and this is what’s gonna make me the most badass, being in this organization.”
Hart is 4-4-3 as a boxer, as well as 1-2 in bare knuckle bouts — with a total of four knockout victories across both sports. VanZant spoke highly of Hart’s toughness as something that “carried her through a lot of fights.”
Although VanZant’s striking game in MMA wasn’t known for its boxing base, she believes viewers will be surprised with how far she’s come in the sweet science.
“I think that they’re gonna see a technical boxer out there, somebody who’s really developed my striking game,” VanZant said. “I’ve changed a lot of my fight style. I’ve been able to really focus on one skill, and when you focus on one skill for that long, it definitely will show the growth that I made.”
Watching tape of Hart produces equal levels of good and bad as to how she might fare against VanZant, according to CBSS Sports.
On the plus side, Hart is plenty scrappy and showed a quick and accurate jab against Rawlings. She also had success at times forcing the clinch and implementing dirty boxing strategies -- legal under BKFC's unique rule set -- that include using one arm to apply a headlock while punching with the other. The bad news is that Hart has been less than stellar as a pro boxer where two of her four wins have come against fighters with a combined record of 0-7.
VanZant will need to acclimate herself quickly to the new discipline but should have advantages from the standpoint of experience having faced much higher level strikers throughout her UFC run to have enough technique to control the fight. PVZ has also shown plenty of toughness, including gutting out a bloody loss to future UFC champion Rose Namajunas in 2015, which tends to assume she'll be comfortable regardless of how brutal the fight gets.
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