Ken Shamrock, VBK Sets Heavyweight Bare Knuckle Title Fight

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Ken Shamrock and VBK have set a heavyweight title fight between Mark Godbeer and Lavar Johnson. The bout takes place October 27 from Jacksonville, Florida with Godbeer defending his title against Johnson.

Ken Shamrock, Valor Bare Knuckle 2 Sets Heavyweight Title Fight

Valor Bare Knuckle 2 will take place October 27 from Jacksonville, Florida and the University of North Florida Center. In the main event, Mark Godbeer defends his heavyweight title against Lavar Johnson.

“Bare-knuckle fighting is all about heart, power, and determination, and Mark Godbeer and Lavar Johnson embody these qualities,” said VBK host Ken Shamrock, who is the face of the company. “We are thrilled to have these two fighters back in the bout circle for VBK2. This is a matchup that fans have been clamoring for, and we can guarantee that it will deliver fireworks.”

Godbeer, a 39-year-old from England, has fought for UFC, Bellator and BAMMA. He is a former BAMMA heavyweight champion, a former Valor heavyweight champion and the BKB British heavyweight titleholder.

His last official MMA bout came in 2019 when he lost to Sergey Bilostenniy. During his career, he scored wins over Walt Harris and Daniel Spitz in the UFC and also fought Cheick Kongo in Bellator.

Like Godbeer, Johnson has competed for UFC, Bellator, WEC and Strikeforce, as the 46-year-old from California earned a first round finish of James McSweeney at Valor Bare Knuckle 1.

A former War Gods heavyweight champion, Johnson last fought in MMA in 2014, losing by submission to Kongo. He scored UFC wins over Pat Barry and Joey Beltran, earning performance bonuses both times, and also faced the likes of Stefan Struve, Brendan Schaub and Shane del Rosario.

Valor Bare Knuckle is a groundbreaking true bare knuckle boxing professional sport founded by Ken Shamrock in collaboration with Valor Sports and Entertainment Inc. With a focus on raw skill, technique, and the spirit of combat sports, VBK, with its innovation of the Bout Circle, aims to bring a new level of excitement to the world of combat sports.

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