Here’s some news and notes from the world of bare knuckle boxing!
Just Let Me Slap Bro!
Bare knuckle boxing veteran Julian “Let Me Bang” Lane is entering the world of slap fighting.
Lane, who has competed for BKFC and BKB in the past, announced the news on his Instagram account.
Lane faces Peter Truchlik for the Slap Fighting Middleweight Championship belt. The title fight headlines the Slap Fighting Championship Underground event airing on PPV on 13 May.
Julian Lane Bare Knuckle Bio
Lane is one of the most experienced American bare knuckle fighters. His record is 4-7 according to Tapology, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
The MMA veteran, who went viral as a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, defeated BKB legend Jimmy Sweeney by decision in Lane’s bare knuckle debut. Sweeney avenged the loss by decison a few months later.
Lane defeated Joey Angelo in the WBKFF before joining BKFC. Lane was stopped by Leonard Garcia and Jim Alers, but gave a good account of himself in decision losses to Mike Perry and David Rickels.
He’s defeated former BKFC title challenger Tom Shoaff and British contender Jake Bostwick. In his last bare knuckle bout in May 2022, Lane lost a decision to current BKFC middleweight champion Dave Mundell.
Slap fighting is an increasingly popular combat sport where the objective is to knock out the opponent with a slap. Slap fighters must also be able to take punishment-each fighter takes turns slapping and receiving slaps.
Best of luck to “Night Train” Julian Lane.
“Britain’s Most Dangerous Man” Profiled
Former fighter and bare knuckle vlogger Matt Legg recently chronicled the life of British bare knuckle legend Mark Ripley.
Once called the “Most Dangerous Man in Britain”, Ripley once took on the legendary Bartley Gorman. Gorman is believed to have said Ripley was his toughest opponent.
Legg’s video also mentions an account where the ultra tough Ripley was willing to take on 20 men after his dog was stolen. Ripley was tragically murdered at the too young age of 34 in 1983.
Cyborg Willing to Fight Bare Knuckle
Female MMA legend Cris Cyborg says she’s willing to fight bare knuckle if the price is right.
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— CrisCyborg.Com (@criscyborg) May 3, 2023
“I think it’d be fun,” Cyborg said, when asked by interviewer James Lynch if she’d be willing to compete in bare knuckle boxing.
“I know it’s different, little bit.”
“I’ve done boxing. I’ve done Muay Thai. If the finanical is there, you know?” I love challenge.”
Photo Credit: BKFC