The former UFC title challenger and MMA star is set to launch his bareknuckle MMA promotion, Gamebred Fighting Championship, on June 18 in Biloxi, Miss. The event is being headlined by a bout between MMA and bareknuckle boxing veterans Jason Knight and Charles Bennett. The news was announced on Saturday.
Masvidal (35-15 MMA, 15-9 UFC) announced his plans to start a bareknuckle MMA promotion earlier this year ahead of his title bout rematch with Kamaru Usman at UFC 261 – a bout he lost by second-round knockout.
“If you guys are looking for something a little bit different, just imagine what they do without gloves,” Masvidal said. “That’s kind of the idea. Better grappling. Better striking. We assume there’s going to be better finishes.”