In an explosive showdown set to captivate fight fans worldwide, former UFC heavyweight champions Junior Dos Santos and Fabricio Werdum are ready to renew their storied rivalry.
Headlining Jorge Masvidal's Gamebred Bareknuckle 5, this highly anticipated rematch promises an unforgettable night of bare-knuckle combat at the VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville on September 8th.
The clash between Dos Santos and Werdum carries an air of unfinished business. Back in 2008, a young Dos Santos made an emphatic statement in his UFC debut by defeating Werdum. Now, after fifteen years, the tables have turned, giving Werdum a golden opportunity to avenge his loss with nothing but bare fists and pure determination.
Breaking the news of this main event, renowned journalist Ariel Helwani sent shockwaves through the fighting community. The heavyweight bout marks the bare-knuckle debut for both Dos Santos and Werdum, who have been on hiatus, contemplating semi-retirement after their respective MMA appearances in 2021 and 2022.
Gamebred Bareknuckle 5 is set to stream live via online pay-per-view, allowing fans from across the globe to witness this monumental clash. Merging the world of MMA with the ever-growing sport of bare-knuckle boxing, these fights will adhere to full MMA rules, except gloves.
As always, Masvidal and his team have assembled an incredible supporting cast of fighters, adding even more excitement to an already action-packed event. Former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao returns to the cage after a four-year hiatus, stepping into the featherweight division. Barao's journey back to the spotlight has been filled with setbacks and cancellations, making his comeback all the more thrilling.
The current lineup for Gamebred Bareknuckle 5 includes:
- Junior Dos Santos vs. Fabricio Werdum
- Renan Barao vs. Sean Soriano
- Brandon Jenkins vs. Anthony Njokuani
- Brandon Davis vs. TBD
- Irwin Rivera vs. Joshua Weems
- Eric Perez vs. Joe Penafiel
With such a stacked card, fight enthusiasts are guaranteed an unforgettable night of raw power, technical skill, and unyielding determination. Gamebred Bareknuckle 5 promises to deliver on the adrenaline-fueled action that fans crave, bringing together some of the fiercest competitors in the combat sports world.
Mark your calendars for September 8, as Dos Santos and Werdum prepare to settle their score once and for all. Prepare for an electrifying evening as Gamebred Bareknuckle 5 showcases the convergence of two worlds, unleashing a unique form of combat that is sure to leave a lasting impact on the fighting landscape.