Bare Knuckle Boxing 8 takes place at the Sports Connexion Leisure Club in Coventry, United Kingdom this Saturday (Nov. 4, 2017). For those unaware of the rules, fights are anywhere between three and five rounds, with each round being two minutes. Scoring is similar to boxing and MMA with a maximum of 10 points per round. Fighters are not permitted to headbutt, hit below the belt, hit the back of the head, or use anything other than their hands to strike an opponent. In the main event, Ultimate Fighter veteran Julian Lane faces undefeated Jimmy Sweeney.

Lane heads into this matchup off back-to-back losses in MMA. The 30-year-old has a MMA record of 11-8-1 and is most famous for his “let me bang bro” shenanigans on The Ultimate Fighter. He also appeared on TUF season 25, but lost to Ramsey Nijem in his first fight. Sweeney boasts a 17-0 record and widely considered the best fighter in the sport. He’s coming off a win over another UFC veteran in Melvin Guillard, earning a five-round decision to retain his middleweight title.

The co-main event features James McCrory vs UFC veteran Goran Reljic. McCrory is best known as the star of a Vice documentary about underground bare knuckle boxing in the UK. Reljic hasn’t fought in the UFC in seven years and has lost his last four MMA fights heading into this bout, two of them by by knockout.

UFC veteran Melvin Guillard will also be competing on the card as he takes on James Higgy.

Oddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened betting odds for all 12 bouts of the Bare Knuckle Boxing 8 event today are courtesy of 5Dimes Sportsbook.

 

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Bare Knuckle Boxing 8
Sports Connexion Leisure Club
Coventry, United Kingdom

World Middleweight Title

Julian Lane +180
Jimmy Sweeney -260

World Light Heavyweight Title

James Mccrory -110
Goran Reljic -130

Dan Podmore +300
Paul Taylor -420

Matthew Seawright +160
Tony Lafferty -210

Billy Hawthorn +110
Marko Martinjak -150

Mitch Whitesel +125
Peter Radford -165

Lewis Gallant +125
Mike Byles -165

Eric Olsen +110
Sean Donnelly -150

Melvin Guillard +100
James Higgy -140

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