As most of you now know, I am fighting—again, and I could not be more excited to be doing so. For me, I am ready to ‘throw off the gloves’ and get after it! Growing up as a kid who was mad-at-the-world made me a habitual fighter. For me in those days, it was constant schoolyard fisticuffs. These brawls set me on a course to become a world champion in Mixed Martial Arts.
To have the chance to reconnect with my roots and compete for self-fulfillment and entertainment is truly a gift. Having a heart of a champion makes me strive for excellence and drives me to continue to do what I love to do. Some say that age should stop me from doing the sport that I love. Why would I ever stop doing something that I love to do? Do champs stop because someone says they should hang it up, and that there is nothing more to prove? If a competitor is healthy and still living life to his/her fullest, why not kick it up a notch and continue to do great feats. Never allow someone to control your life, as these very people are merely ‘average.’
Many are asking why I have chosen to enter the lesser-known sport, Bare Knuckle Boxing (BKB). If you haven’t yet noticed, I like being at the forefront of upcoming combat sports. I was the first heavyweight Pancrase champion in Japan; created the first MMA team (Lion’s Den); first to submit opponents with leg-locks; first MMA fighter to go into WWF; first fighter in MMA history to capture a championship in two countries. Likewise, I want to get in on the rise of bare knuckle prizefighting.
If you remember right, during the time of No-Holds-Barred (NHB) fights, fans didn't originally like the fights going to the ground. You often heard fans yelling “Stand up and Fight like a Man!” It’s simple. People want to see their fighter punch their opponent in the face. There is nothing more raw and organic than Bare Knuckle Boxing. Two men square off and punch it out until someone is knocked out or has had enough and throws in the towel. This is smash-mouth no-gloves boxing. When the bout is over, both men, full of respect, shake hands and hug it out. It doesn't get any more exhilarating than this, and this is precisely why this extreme sport is aggressively growing a fan base across the globe.
Bare knuckle prizefighting is the next big attraction.
Just like the early days of NHB, people tried to outlaw the extreme sport labeling it barbaric and dangerous. However, the underground demand continued to grow and the sport rose from all the opposition to become one the fastest growing sports of our time. The same opposition is leveled against BKB. Many have and are trying to hinder the BKB movement. However, the fans of the extreme sport keeps it alive and well. BKBs rise to a professional organized level appears to be inevitable. Where there is a demand there will be organizations to meet that demand. For this reason, I am getting involved to help the success of this exciting emerging sport.
But isn't bare knuckle boxing barbaric and dangerous? Well, perhaps it’s perceived barbaric, but it is arguably less dangerous than traditional boxing or MMA competitions. How is bare knuckle boxing safer than traditional boxing or MMA? Today, all the fighters wear gloves, which is the problem. Wearing gloves protects your hands, not the head. Gloves allow a fighter to punch much harder than he would not wearing gloves. The gloves promote harder punching, which ultimately increases the trauma to the brain. Think of it this way. Hang a bowling ball from a chain. You would most likely punch it softer if you were not wearing gloves. The same concept is applies to BKB. The fact is, concussions are an epidemic that the health professionals are taking quite seriously nowadays. Bare knuckle boxing will certainly decrease this serious problem. In BKBCredit you will see more cuts, bruising, bleeding and maybe broken hands or jaws. But, in BKB, a fighter will not be in nearly as much danger of eventually forgetting his/her mother’s or kid’s name.
UPDATE: This fight will take place in a hexagon boxing ring. Neither of us will be wearing gloves, or gloves with cutout knuckles. Furthermore, we will not have wrapped fists either. This is the way a true BKB should be—bare fists.
This April, I square off against UK’s legendary Irishman, James Quinn McDonagh in the United Kingdom. He’s undefeated and that’s not to be taken lightly. James will be a formidable opponent. This will certainly be an incredible fight. One NOT to miss. The Shamrock team and I are ready to head to England. I will be there, and there to win. Also, it has been brought to my attention that some people are grossly misinformed on a previous fight that never came to be. To set the story straight for those whom need to be educated, I NEVER duck a fight. I am a businessman. The deal has to be good and promises need to be kept. If things fall apart on the business side, and sometimes it does, everything derails. Make no mistake, this is a business, and as long as business continues, I continue.
Fortunately, this fight will be Pay-Per-View event so all will have the opportunity to see this groundbreaking, as-real-as-it gets, fight. This is history in the making. No one will want to miss this big bare knuckle bout!
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