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Live: Watch ‘KnuckleMania’ press conference video feat. Paige VanZant

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Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) will kick off its 2021 fight campaign with the “Knucklemania” pay-per-view (PPV) fight card on FITE.tv (stream it here) this Friday night (Feb. 5, 2021) in Lakeland, Fla., headlined by former UFC strawweight star Paige VanZant.

The promotion will hold a special pre-fight press conference this afternoon, LIVE at 3 p.m. ET in the embedded video above, where select fighters from this weekend’s big shebang will field questions from both fans and members of the combat sports media.

“!2 Gauge” will be making her bare knuckle debut opposite BKFC veteran Britain Hart, who is fresh off her technical knockout victory over Randine Elkholm. In the “Knucklemania” co-main event, former UFC bantamweight “Brutal” Johnny Bedford collides with Dat “Dat Be Dat” Nguyen.

In addition, original “Ultimate Fighter” bad boy Chris Leben returns for gloveless combat opposite BKFC knockout artist Quentin Henry. Win or lose, the 40-year old “Crippler” is expected to retire after next month’s battle against “The Hero.”

The action gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Feb. 5 and streams for $29.99 on a variety of platforms, including DirecTV, DISH Network, and FIOS, among others (full list here). To see the entire KnuckleMania fight card and PPV lineup click here.