Wild scenes in Colorado as Conor McGregor jumps into ring for bare knuckle face-off
"I'm into this game. I'd be down for this!"
Conor McGregor was front row, centre for a wild night in Broomfield, Colorado at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 41.
'The Notorious' took in the boxing bout between Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia, last weekend, and took in a fight of the bare knuckle variety, as some of his old UFC foes threw down.
Eddie Alvarez edged Chad Mendes in a closely contested bout while Mike Perry forced a stoppage after dismantling the teeth of former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. McGregor had been vocal throughout the Mendes vs. Alvarez fight but had a bigger spotlight thrust upon him, later in the night, when Perry called him out.
"Can I get a face-off with Conor McGregor, man? That would be legendary."
With the Broomfield crowd urging him on, McGregor took to the BKFC ring and took the title belt with him.
"I'm into this game," the Dubliner told Perry during the face-off. "I'd fight you, no problem. I'M NEVER RETIRING!"
Mike Perry calls out Conor McGregor for a face-off and @TheNotoriousMMA accepts. He enters the ring with the BKFC title over his shoulder.#BKFC41 | LIVE on #FITE pic.twitter.com/DoCw7OZTZP
— FITE (@FiteTV) April 30, 2023
Conor McGregor praises Bare Knuckle FC
"It's an incredible set-up here,” Conor McGregor said.
"Incredible match-making. Incredible story-telling. I had to come here. I flew straight away. I was not going to miss this and it did not disappoint. All these fighters that step in here are warriors and all have my respect."
"I’m into this game,” the former two-weight UFC champion declared. "I’d be into this.
"How am I showing up here and I’ve already got the belt? Come get it, baby! Come get the strap, baby!”
The main event at #BKFC41 ended in suprising fasion but in an even stranger turn of events, Conor McGregor faced off against Mike Perry?! pic.twitter.com/ZNgcuK4fAD
— Bare Knuckle FC (@bareknucklefc) April 30, 2023
As promo-cutting exercises go, it was quite the effort from Conor McGregor. He gave huge exposure to the promotion and feathered the nest for a possible future fight there.
McGregor has shown up at Bellator events in the past but it was usually when he had a Straight Blast Gym stable-mate on the card. One wonders what UFC president Dana White will make of the UFC's biggest pay-per-view draw giving a rival fight promotion a free push.
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