Exec: Bec Rawlings in talks to return to BKFC
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
The queen of bare-knuckle may soon return to her old stomping grounds.
Bec Rawlings, who was undefeated during her previous stint with BKFC with all three of her wins coming in championship fights, is currently in talks to make her return to the promotion.
BKFC president Dave Feldman confirmed the news when speaking to MMA Fighting.
“I think you’re going to [see Bec return],” Feldman said. “We’re in talks right now, we’re going to see what could happen. I know she’s under contract with Bellator, but Bellator’s been great to work with. I think there’s a way of slipping her back in here and getting her in the mix and seeing what happens. It would be great to have her back.
“She’s known as the queen of bare-knuckle. She’s undefeated with our organization, she’s 3-0. It looks like she really found her home and found her place in bare-knuckle fighting. So it would be great to get her back, and I know it’s something we’re working on. I think it’s something that you’re going to see by the end of the summer.”
Additional sources close to Rawling’s camp confirmed to MMA Fighting that talks are ongoing with BKFC with all signs pointing toward her eventual return to the organization.
Rawlings also remains under contract with Bellator MMA, but any deal with BKFC would be in addition to her MMA career. A Bellator rep didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
While she hasn’t competed in BKFC since 2019, Rawlings has plenty of history with current fighters still part of the promotion. Her second win in BKFC came in a split decision over Britain Hart, who gained even more fame recently with a win over former UFC star Paige VanZant.
Of course, Rawlings also has history with VanZant after they previously clashed in the UFC. On that night, VanZant earned the knockout victory, and Rawlings certainly hasn’t forgotten about it.
Last year, Rawlings told MMA Fighting should would definitely be interested in running it back with VanZant now that she’s crossed over to bare-knuckle fighting.
“With Bare-Knuckle signing Paige it’s definitely garnered a lot of interest in people wondering if I’m going to fight her,” Rawlings said. “I would love that fight. I’m sure we could probably try to work something out with Bellator and Bare Knuckle, doing a cross promotion thing. I don’t know, I’d be down for that. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
It appears that could now become a real possibility with Rawlings in talks to return to BKFC sooner rather than later.