Mike Perry vs. Julian Lane Tops BKFC’s KnuckleMania 2, Chad Mendes Debuts

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Bare Knuckle FC is ready to let Julian Lane and Mike Perry bang, bro.

BKFC officials announced Wednesday that Perry vs. Lane would serve as the main event of KnuckleMania 2 on February 19, 2022. Seeds for the fight were sown at BKFC Tampa last month, when the two fighters got into something of a scuffle.

David Feldman, BKFC President, also revealed in a recent interview that former UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes would debut at the event. No opponent for Mendes has been named, Feldman told MMA Fighting. In addition to Mendes and Perry vs. Lane, Luis Palomino is set to defend his lightweight title against Martin Brown, and Britain Beltran (nee Hart) will fight for gold, against an opponent to be named later.

The event will serve as the bare knuckle debut for Perry (14-8 MMA, 0-0 BKB), the troubled UFC star who signed on with BKFC late last year. Despite his lack of bare knuckle experience, however, Perry will enter the bout off a win, after looking solid in a decision victory over Michael Seals at the inaugural Triad Combat event last November.

UFC fans will remember Julian Lane and his “let me bang, bro!” line from Ultimate Fighter history infamy. Lane (12-9-1 MMA, 3-4 BKB) made the switch to bare knuckle in 2018, and hasn’t looked back. Most recently, he lost a unanimous decision against Bellator MMA veteran David “Caveman” Rickels at BKFC Witchita in October.

According to Feldman, another former UFC talent, Brian Foster, is also expected to debut on the KnuckleMania 2 card.

BKFC’s KnuckleMania 2 will take place on February 19, 2022 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.