The BKFC return of ’12 Gauge’ Paige VanZant has been put on hold. She was previously scheduled to face Charisa Sigala in the co-main event when the promotion debuts in London on Saturday, August 20th.
As reported by the Knuckle Up Podcast, the bout between VanZant and Sigala has been moved from BKFC 27 to an event scheduled for October 15th. The fall event is expected to take place in Colorado. BKFC has not confirmed or denied the change, but early rumors are suggesting that PVZ was pulled as a response to low ticket sales for the event.
“Paige Van Zant vs Charisa Sigala is off the London card. Allegedly the fight is moved to October 15th which would be the Colorado card. Reasons why the fight was pulled have not been disclosed yet. Could it be because of tickets like the Cox fight, or could it be something else?”
Another BKFC fighter, Jamie Cox, had previously reported on social media that he was pulled from the event for low ticket sales.
“Sorry to let everyone know. But the promotion has pulled me off the show a week ago due to tickets when I do not have a ticket deal. Just posting there as I wouldn’t want people buying tickets to see me as they are still advertising me as being on the show. I was ready to go as trained so hard for this fight. And am absolutely gutted that they canceled. Sorry to all who have already purchased tickets. Was ready to handle business. One door closes another opens.”
While the promotion has not officially commented on the ticket sales or any changes being made as a result, front-row seats for the event are still available with the show just days away.
As of this writing, the co-main event between Paige VanZant and Charisa Sigala is still listed as part of the BKFC 27 card on Saturday.
BKFC London Features a First-Of-Its-Kind Crossover Main Event
When BKFC heads to London this weekend, fans will be treated to an epic crossover main event as the promotion’s resident bad boy ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry faces Bellator MMA star Michael ‘Venom’ Page. While crossovers and co-promotional events have happened, it will be a first for the worlds of MMA and bare-knuckle boxing.
BKFC President Dave Feldman spoke to MMA Junkie Radio about the partnership between the two combat sports promotions that led to the highly-anticipated main event.
“It wasn’t something that we set out and said, ‘Let’s do Mike Perry vs. MVP,’” said Feldman. “It was we had another main event at Wembley, and that fell through. I actually had the whole card built and said, ‘Man, we don’t have a main event now.’
“I had Mike Perry fighting in Florida. So instead of that, I pulled Mike Perry and said let’s have Mike Perry over here, and who could we get him against? And actually David Haye, former boxing world champion, said, ‘Let me talk to MVP and see if he can do it.’ And I said, ‘Of course, let’s do it, but I don’t think Bellator would ever allow that.’
“At the time we got the first conversation with Bellator done, I think it was like seven or 10 days, so it really wasn’t a long journey. It was very easy, and Mike Kogan made it very easy for us to get this job done, so thanks to Mike.”
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