The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) will crown a new bantamweight champion on July 23 when “Brutal” Johnny Bedford collides with Reggie Barnett Jr., a card that also features the return of Paige VanZant, who battles her fellow imported from UFC Rachael Ostovich.
Former BKFC bantamweight champion Dat Nguyen was recently stripped of the 135-pound belt after failing to agree on a new deal.
“We’ve been back and forth trying to negotiate a new contract for Dat Nguyen and we can’t come up with anything that works for either side,” BKFC president Dave Feldman told MMA Fighting. “We just couldn’t come to an agreement. I’m not going to delay other fighters who want to run in this and are willing to fight. “
Nguyen, 20-3 as a professional boxer, racked up three consecutive wins for BKFC from late 2019 to early 2021. In addition to his championship win over Bedford, “Dat be Dat” also turned down Abdiel Velázquez and Travis Thompson.
Expect more updates on the July 23 card in the coming weeks.