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BKFC UK: Time, card, live stream and tickets for Merrill vs. Banks bare knuckle event in Newcastle

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Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) has its second event in the UK when it makes a swift return to England for a fight night in Newcastle this weekend.

The card follows BKFC 27 in London in August, when former UFC fighter Mike Perry headlined the bill in a six-rounder.

Perry was the recipient of a decision victory following an epic scrap with Bellator MMA fighter Mike Page at Wembley Arena.

Who’s on the bill when bare knuckle fighting returns to the UK? Here are the details, as well as how to tune in and buy tickets.

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What time is BKFC Newcastle?

BKFC returns to the UK on Saturday, November 26. The preliminaries begin at 7 p.m. local time, with the main card starting an hour earlier.

  UK USA Canada Australia
Date Saturday, November 26 Saturday, November 26 Saturday, November 26 Sunday, November 27
Time 19:00 GMT 14:00 ET 14:00 ET 06:00 AEDT

Where is BKFC Newcastle being held?

The card is taking place at the Walker Activity Dome on the east side of the city of Newcastle, which has hosted events such as wrestling in the past.

“Immediately upon returning home from BKFC London, our office phones lit up from fans inquiring when we would be back in the United Kingdom,” says BKFC boss David Feldman.

“Our team is very excited to hit Newcastle with this outstanding card on Saturday night; the atmosphere in the arena will be off the charts.”

Who is fighting at BKFC Newcastle?

A heavyweight fight between local fighter Mick Terrill, who’s won five of his six bouts, headlines the bill.

North Shields brawler Terrill will be facing Steve ‘Panda’ Banks, a Thailand-based fighter with a perfect 3-0 record.

A middleweight clash between MMA UK rivals Darren Hendry and Anthony Holmes co-features the card. Here’s the full lineup.

  • Mick Perrill vs. Steve Banks (Heavyweight)
  • Anthony Holmes vs. Darren Hendry (Middleweight)
  • Danny Christie vs. Darren Godfrey (Light heavyweight)
  • Will Cairns vs. Liam Wilson (Welterweight)
  • Tom Scott vs. John Ferguson (Light heavyweight)
  • Lee Browne vs. Jay Kerr (Heavyweight)
  • Mathilda Wilson vs. Melanie Shah (Flyweight)
  • Agi Faulkner vs. Daniel Robson (Heavyweight)
  • Fergal Allonby vs. Wain Morgan (Heavyweight)
  • Nathan Owens vs. David Round (Light heavyweight)
  • Lewis Keen vs. Lewy Sherriff (Lightweight)
  • Matt Shippen vs. Rob Cunningham (Heavyweight)

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How to watch Perrill vs. Banks at BKFC Newcastle

The event will be broadcast around the world as part of the BKFC+ subscription, which costs $4.99 per month.

A $9.99 setup fee applies, with annual subscriptions available for $49.99. Visit BKTV for full details.

BKFC live stream, watch online

All of the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship action is available on the promotion’s website and via its newly launched app.

The preliminaries at BKFC Newcastle are free to watch and there is a wide variety of other content to watch on the app, including press conferences, interviews and features.

How to buy tickets for BKFC Newcastle

Tickets are available from Eventbrite and range from £43.71 to £70.66 to watch the action in person. VIP balcony tickets are sold out.

What is BKFC?

BKFC has been on the rise in the US since 2018 as the first promotion allowed to hold a legal, sanctioned and regulated bare knuckle event in the country since 1889.

Established boxing, MMA, kickboxing, or Muay Thai professionals are allowed to compete, with two-weight boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi among those to have signed up in the past.

BKFC bought the UK Bare Fist Boxing Association (BFBA) in August 2022, announcing the deal a day before BKFC 27 at Wembley Arena. The event in London was the first held by the promotion outside the US and Thailand.

Bare knuckle fighting rules

In the BKFC, fights are held within a circular four-rope ring and are usually five rounds in length, with each round scheduled to last two minutes. Fighters have 10 seconds to return to their feet if they are knocked down.

Punches are the only strikes allowed and must be delivered with a closed fist, so those former kickboxers and MMA fighters aren’t allowed to revert to using kicks, elbows, knees or grappling.

Fighters are allowed to wrap and tape the wrist, thumb, and mid-hand, but no gauze or tape can be within an inch of the knuckles.

When they start a fight, adversaries are required to ‘tow the line’ — standing on two lines set three feet apart in the middle of the ring. Their front foot starts on the line, and the bout begins when the referee instructs them to “knuckle up”.


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