Just days ahead of BKFC’s debut in London on August 20th, the promotion announced that its highly marketed co-main event between Paige VanZant and Charisa Sigala had been abruptly pulled from the event.
With no reason given by the promotion, fans were left scratching their heads. Some speculated that one of the fighters had been injured or ran into visa issues getting into the country. That speculation was put to bed when Paige VanZant confirmed that BKFC pulled the fight out from under her in a heated rant.
“THIS IS OUT OF MY CONTROL!!! I WENT AN ENTIRE CAMP AND WEIGHT CUT TO BE PULLED A WEEK OUT!!!!”
“I DID NOT PULL FROM MY FIGHT!!!! I WAS PULLED! I AM PISSED OFF AND HEARTBROKEN! I WORKED MY F***ING A** OFF TO BE PULLED A WEEK BEFORE I AM SUPPOSED TO COMPETE!!!!!”
BKFC President David Feldman recently spoke with Dylan Bowker on YouTube to address the sudden change. When asked if he could elaborate on the reasoning for the removal of Paige VanZant and Charisa Sigala’s co-main event, Feldman refused to indulge, simply saying he didn’t feel like it.
“Yeah, not really. I mean, you know, just some circus happened and then, you know, we decided it was best to take that and move it to our debut in Denver. It’s just going to work out better for us and you know, with some of the things that went down which I don’t really feel like talking about to be honest with you. It was a good move for the company.”
All Signs Point to Low Ticket Sales For BKFC 27 Being The Reason For Paige VanZant vs. Charisa Sigala to be Removed
The popular theory thus far has been that VanZant and her high price tag were likely removed from the card due to low ticket sales for the BKFC’s debut in London. Speaking about ticket sales just days away from the event, Feldman confirmed that roughly 7,500 tickets have been sold. Their initial projection was upwards of 12,000.
“Tickets were selling good. I did expect to have, you know, about ten to 12,000. Looks like we’re gonna be more around the 7,500 or 8,000 mark, but still a very good live crowd in London when I’m going up against Anthony Joshua.”
Feldman’s unwillingness to discuss details of the cancellation while also confirming that ticket sales were far below expectations only fuels the theory that removing the bout was a kneejerk reaction to coming up nearly 5,000 short of their ticket sales projection.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of fights on BKFC 27 to be excited about, including the crossover main event between Bellator MMA star Michael ‘Venom’ Page and BKFC’s ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry. The bout between Paige VanZant and Charisa Sigala will happen, but fans will have to wait until October when the promotion heads to Denver for BKFC 31.
Ahead of the bare-knuckle showdown, Mike Perry issued a rather interesting warning to the Bellator star just days before they toe the line.
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