There’s something delightfully contradictory about Bec Rawlings’ new moniker.
Since her participation in the inaugural Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship event held in June, Rawlings has been unanimously dubbed the “Queen of Bare Knuckle.” In a very memorable performance that night, she defeated boxer Alma Garcia by TKO via doctor stoppage after the second round.
This weekend the 29-year-old Aussie will make her second appearance for Bare Knuckle FC; this time headlining against professional boxer Britain Hart. BKFC 2: A New Era will be held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi this Sunday, August 26 (AU).
The former MMA strawweight was released from the UFC earlier this year following her fourth straight loss. However, she seems to have found her place in a promotion which lends to her preference for scrapping. More than that, Rawlings has become a face of the fledgling promotion.
Last week, Rawlings spoke to media in Los Angeles ahead of the fight.
“I guess we now know what to expect fight week, what it’s going to be like in there. That was kind of the unknown back [in June]. But I had so much fun last time and I’m excited to get back in there and do it all again,” Rawlings told media ( via FightPost).
“Bare knuckle was meant for me. I can’t wait to face off against Britain Hart on August 25th. This sport is all about precision and I know she’s going to come to fight and try to take this momentum from me. I’m not going to let that happen.”
Rarely do fighters released from the UFC generate a greater impression on the other side, but Rawlings has done just that. Her involvement with Bare Knuckle FC has drawn the attention from many new fans, as well as other fighters.
Bare Knuckle FC was the first legally sanctioned bare-knuckle boxing event in the US since 1889. While Rawlings has received a lot of positive feedback, she acknowledges it will take time for less favourable attitudes to change.
“It took a lot of time and effort to really get MMA respected and looked at like a proper sport, and I think it’s going to take that with bare knuckle. But from the last event and how smoothly that ran, how professional it was, the fights were great. We all looked like seasoned fighters out there, which we were, and I think that’s what we definitely need to keep doing and it will progress from there.
“BKFC is doing it right, they’re doing it very professionally. They’re bringing in all the right people and all the right fighters. As long as it keeps going that way, I think the sport is going to take off.”
BKFC 2: A New Era will be held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi this Sunday, August 26 (AU).