Valor Bare Knuckle is set to present its first pay-per-view event on Saturday, September 21 from the 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, North Dakota. The promotion is also looking to change the game in combat sports and fan interaction.
For the first time ever in combat sports history, fans will be allowed to choose the matchups in a competitive tournament. At VBK 1 there will be a one-night heavyweight tournament and fans will choose the first-round matchups. I spoke to the promotion’s co-founder, president, former UFC and WWE Champion Ken Shamrock about the company and this initiative.
Shamrock, often known as the Most Dangerous Man Alive, has built a career in combat sports and sports entertainment. He is pioneer of mixed martial arts in the United States, and he has traveled the globe competing for a variety of promotions. He also enjoyed a successful stint as a champion with the WWE and Impact Wrestling.
Here is the interview where Shamrock announced the specifics of the tournament live with me on The Fight Guys YouTube Channel:
Here is the link for fans to place their votes.
Voting begins at noon ET on Tuesday, and runs until midnight on Wednesday (12 hours).
There are four fighters in the bracket with three different potential matchup arrangements. Here is a bit of information about each of the heavyweights included in the one-night event planned for North Dakota.
Mark “The Hand of” Godbeer
The 6’4″ 245-pound 35-year-old UFC veteran has had an 18-fight MMA career. Godbeer is known for his chin and massive punching power. Both skills would seemingly serve him well in a bare knuckle contest.
Godbeer has shared the cage with the likes of Walt Harris, Justin Ledet and Cheick Kongo in his career. He’ll be one of the favorites in the tournament.
“The Outlaw” Jack May
At a towering 6’8″ and 253 pounds, May is a giant in the combat sports world. He’s competed all over the world and with several promotions with stops in the UFC, Bellator and most recently in the Professional Fighters League.
May has been in with pros like Francimar Barroso, Alex Nicholson, Josh Copeland, Chase Sherman, Derrick Lewis and Shawn Jordan. It’ll be interesting to see if his style creates a problem for the opponents he faces in North Dakota.
Rameau Thierry “The African Assassin” Sokoudjou
At just 5’11” Sokoudjou will be the shortest of all the competitors in the tournament. That said, he has the most MMA experience. He’s a veteran of 37 fights with a 19-18 record.
When he fights, someone almost always gets stopped. In fact, 26 of his professional bouts have ended in a KO/TKO. I wouldn’t expect Sokoudjou’s first-round matchup to go the distance–win or lose.
Siala-Mou “Mighty Mo” Siliga
The 48-year-old legendary kickboxer and mixed martial artist will climb into the VBK ring to give himself another shot at combat sports glory.
At 6’1″ 287 pounds, Mighty Mo is a load who packs a punch. He’ll be at a length disadvantage against anyone he faces–besides Sokoudjou–so the draw could be key for his chances of advancing into the final.