Perry’s TKO victory, face-off with Conor McGregor highlight stacked BKFC 41

Mike Perry highlighted a stacked BKFC card on Saturday.

Mike Perry continued his success in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship on Saturday night.

Perry, a former UFC fighter, secured a TKO victory over Luke Rockhold, a former UFC champion, in the main event of the BKFC 41 card in Broomfield, Colo., at the 1stBank Center on Saturday. 

Rockhold, during the second round, paused the fight after taking his mouth piece out and pointing to his jaw as if it was broken. Later, in a post fight press conference, BKFC president Dave Feldman said that Rockhold had suffered some cracked teeth and that caused referee Dan Miragliotta to stop the fight.

In the ring during the post fight press conference, Perry had no interest in calling out an opponent within BKFC instead it was with someone in the front row.

Sitting in the front row was UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

“Can I get a faceoff with Conor McGregor?” Perry said. “That would be legendary.”

McGregor entered the ring with the BKFC title resting on his shoulder, and exchanged pleasantries with Perry. McGregor, who is still under contract with the UFC, had nothing but positive things to say about BKFC.

“It’s an incredible set-up here. Incredible matchmaking. Incredible storytelling. I had to come here,” McGregor said. “I was not going to miss this and it did not disappoint… I’m into this game.”

The BKFC card featured some notable names of former UFC fighters.

Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez faced off against Chad Mendes, a former UFC veteran, and they delivered a back-and-forth co-main event battle. Alvarez edged out a split-decision victory, and Mendes announced his retirement from combat sports.

Bec Rawlings, a former UFC fighter, lost her flyweight title fight to champion Christine Ferea after a devastating cut over her eye caused a doctor’s stoppage in the second round. 

A clash of heavyweights went down as former UFC veteran Ben Rothwell earned his second straight BKFC win over Josh Copeland. Copeland’s coaches threw in the towel after the conclusion of the third round due to seeing their fighter laboring back to the corner.