Jim Alers will be headlining the next BKFC event.
The former UFC fighter has stepped up to replace an injured Jason Knight in the main event of BKFC 7. He’ll take on former UFC and WEC brawler Leonard Garcia. The event will go down on Aug. 10 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss. and will live stream for free in the United States.
The news was announced by the promotion on Friday afternoon.
Alers was last seen in action last month at BKFC 6 where he stopped Elvin Leon Brito to win his bare-knuckle boxing debut. The 32-year-old fighter is mainly known for his body of work in MMA, being a former Cage Warriors featherweight champion and having gone 1-2 in the UFC.
Meanwhile, Garcia will also be looking to follow up on a successful bare-knuckle boxing debut. Garcia scored a second-round TKO win over Julian Lane back in February. The veteran fighter retired from MMA in 2014 with a record of 18–13–1, which includes a six-year run fighting under WEC and UFC banners.
Additionally, the promotion also announced several other match-ups for the card including a title fight and the debut of former UFC contender Melvin Guillard.
Below are announced bouts:
Leonard Garcia vs. Jim Alers
Melvin Guillard vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Arnold Adams (champion) vs. Chase Sherman (heavyweight title)
Christine Ferea vs. Helen Peralta (featherweight tournament semifinal)
Corrine Laframboise vs. Sadie Ault (featherweight tournament semifinal)