Jorge Masvidal is hoping to open up a new horizon in the combat sports industry. With the recent surprising popularity of bare-knuckle boxing it only seemed like a matter of time until someone would bring MMA back to its NHB and luta livre roots. Leave it to the UFC’s ‘BMF’ title recipient to be that man.
Back in April, the longtime American Top Team talent announced that he was starting Gamebred FC, a bare-knuckle MMA promotion. Now it seems that the promotion has its first ever event headliner.
Set for June 18th in Biloxi, Mississippi, Masvidal announced the news on Instagram, that the promotion’s first fight card would be headlined by a featherweight bout between former UFC talent Jason Knight and longtime infamous MMA journeyman Charles ‘Felony’ Bennett.
The inaugural Gamebred Fighting Championship event, the bareknuckle MMA promotion headed up by @GamebredFighter, is set. Main event will pit Jason Knight vs. Charles Bennett. June 18 in Biloxi, Mississippi. pic.twitter.com/4c6lJ021ny— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 29, 2021
Knight (21-6) made a quick transition to bare-knuckle boxing following his release from the UFC on the heels of a 4-fight losing streak. After dropping his boxing debut to Artem Lobov, Knight bested Josh Davila in a combat grappling bout, before re-matching Lobov to the tune of a 5th round TKO victory. The ATT D’Iberville fighter made his MMA return earlier this year, defeating Cliff Wright via second round submission.
For the fighter formally known as ‘Krazy Horse,’ this booking against Knight is just the latest in a lengthy 73-fight MMA career (30-41-2). Bennett has struggled badly to find any winning form since a shocking 7-second KO victory over Minoru Kimura at the RIZIN 2016 World Grand Prix. In the five years since, he’s dropped 15 straight fights—competing in MMA, shootboxing, and bare knuckle boxing.
No other bouts have been announced for the event as of yet. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and notes as they become available.