Less than a month after Julian Lane and Mike Perry brawled outside the ring at a BKFC event, they will turn their business into a pro.
Perry announced Thursday that he had signed a contract to fight at “Knucklemania,” the second installment of the themed barehanded show, on February 19 against an unnamed opponent. A person familiar with the negotiations told MMA Fighting that Lane was the intended opponent, and the UFC veteran reposted an MMA Island social media post about the upcoming fight. Journalist Chris Taylor first reported the pairing.
Before the two clash, Lane approached Perry and verbally confronted him at the BKFC Tampa event. Perry was in the middle of a gig as a guest commentator and quickly fought back before physically engaging Lane. The interaction was filmed.
Perry signed with the BKFC last October after being released from his contract by the UFC, where he had spent eight years. Perry pitched his new deal as a lucrative offer that convinced him to jump in with his bare hands for the upstart promotion, which has made a habit of signing aging octagonal contenders since his first event in 2018.
The “Knucklemania 2” event will take place in Hollywood, Florida, Perry announced. The first “Knucklemania” took place on February 5 in Lakeland, Fla., And featured a headliner between Paige VanZant and Britain Hart, who claimed a unanimous decision victory in an upset from the ex-star. of the UFC.
Perry recently made the UFC Octagon, where he lost a decision last April to Daniel Rodriguez to drop to 1-4 in his last five MMA outings. Lane, a UFC and BKFC veteran, is 2-3 at BKFC after a decision loss to David Rickels last October.