MMA veteran Bec Rawlings re-signs with BKFC
by Dane McGuire
Following an official announcement from Bare Knuckle FC management and Bec Rawlings’ manager Brian Butler of Suckerpunch Entertainment, Rawlins has re-signed with the promotion.
“She’s known as the queen of bare-knuckle. She’s undefeated with our organization, she’s 3-0. It looks like she really found her home and found her place in bare-knuckle fighting. So it would be great to get her back, and I know it’s something we’re working on. I think it’s something that you’re going to see by the end of the summer,” BKFC’s David Feldman said in late June.
Rawlings, a UFC and now Bellator MMA veteran, re-resigned after a 1-1 stint back in MMA with Bellator.
Rawlings was released from the UFC after losing four straight bouts between Aug. 2016 and Nov. 2017. However, her only stoppage loss during that time was to Paige VanZant, who has since signed with BKFC.
After going 3–0 in her first BKFC run, Rawlings made her Bellator promotional debut against Ilara Joanne at Bellator 231 on Oct. 25, 2019. She lost the fight by submission in the second round. Rawlings faced Elina Kallionidou on Feb. 22, 2020 at Bellator 240. She won the bout via unanimous decision.
On July 10, 2021, it was announced that she was no longer under contract with Bellator. Rawlings was part of a wave of Bellator roster cuts that totaled 18 fighters including former Bellator champion Daniel Strauss
MMAFighting reported as of now has not booked an opponent but it’s expected her first appearance back in BKFC will come on Oct. 22.
She faced Alma Garcia in her first bout for BKFC on June 2, 2018. Rawlings won the fight after Garcia refused to answer the bell after the second round. In her second bare knuckle bout, Rawlings faced Britain Hart at Bare Knuckle FC 2 on Aug. 25, 2018. She won the fight by split decision.
On Feb. 2, 2019 at the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 4 – USA vs. Mexico in Cancun, Mexico, Bec Rawlings beat Cecilia Flores by unanimous decision before going to Bellator.
The bout with Flores was a successful defense of the Police Gazette women’s world featherweight championship for Rawlings.
Cageside Press reported a location, date, and opponent are not known as of yet for Rawlings’ return.