Paige VanZant has a date set for her Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) debut.
BKFC President David Feldman told MMA Fighting that VanZant will make her promotional debut on Friday, February 5. Feldman hopes to feed off the buzz from Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida the same weekend.
“I think it’s really going to be a really good coming-out party for Paige’s debut and for BKFC, in general, to be around the mainstream sports media,” Feldman said. “Every sports media in the world will be there, and I think we’re going to get the attention of a lot of them that weekend."
“She’ll definitely be in the top two [fights],” he continued. “Either the main event or the co-main event, we’re not 100 percent sure yet. It depends on who takes what fight. We’re going to know that in the next two or three weeks."
Feldman said the card is not yet solidifed; however, he insisted PVZ will be a primary attraction.
“Once we have that card completely solidified, we’ll make that decision, but she’s got to be near the top of it or at the top, because she’s going to be in every combat sports headline around for that one," he assured. "So we have to give her her due.”
“She’s training really, really hard,” Feldman said. “We’re going to do a special series about her. It’s going to be called Paige VanZant: Ungloved. We’re going to do a behind the scenes of her getting ready for this fight, her home life and everything leading up to this journey and ultimately her first fight with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships on Feb. 5.”
VanZant inked a lucrative multi-fight deal with BKFC after departing from the UFC earlier this year. Super Bowl LV is currently scheduled for Feb. 7 from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.