Despite an Aussie accent, a plethora of tattoos and a stint on TUF, Bec Rawlings never took off in the Octagon. Joey Beltran never really reached gold in his UFC and Bellator runs. Kendall Grove is ancient, and Chris Lytle retired from the cage. But at last night’s Bare-Knuckle FC 2, they were all gods, repping MMA in a sport that’s comparatively way down on the evolutionary scale.

Yes, this bare-knuckle thing is still going. Yes, people are still buying the pay-per-view to see some seriously unbridled violence. And there seem to be a never-ending stream of MMA has-beens willing to give it a try…


…Which is awesome. Because what else would Rawlings be doing with herself? She won a freakin’ belt last night.

BILOXI, MS – AUGUST 25: Bec Rawlings fights Britain Hart during the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 2: A New Era at Mississippi Coast Coliseum on August 25, 2018 in Biloxi, Mississippi. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Lytle won his bout. Grove won his bout. Sure, Beltran lost, and Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett (remember him?) lost after turning his hands into jelly. But each one of them earned a paycheck doing what they do best, and they got a small slice of accolades and respect out of the deal.

BILOXI, MS – AUGUST 25: Chris Lytle fights Drew Lipton during the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 2: A New Era at Mississippi Coast Coliseum on August 25, 2018 in Biloxi, Mississippi. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The seeming lack of rules don’t bother me, and they shouldn’t bother you. There are regulations and safety precautions to combat the almost lawless nature of the endeavor, and while I wouldn’t exactly call bare-knuckle boxing a sport just yet, I will say I’ve seen people fight with less for less.

BILOXI, MS – AUGUST 25: Charles Bennett fights Michael McDonald during the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 2: A New Era at Mississippi Coast Coliseum on August 25, 2018 in Biloxi, Mississippi. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

So soak it in, and give Rawlings, Lytle and rest their kudos. They deserve it.