Last week, the fate of BKFC’s most appealing division was sealed. David “Redneck” Mundell, one of the promotion’s most vicious champions, will headline BKFC 53 in Orlando against #2 ranked middleweight Doug “Coldred” Coltrane.
Many fans pleaded for top-ranked contender Mike Perry to get the title shot. However, they are still in for a mouthwatering clash of warriors. Coltrane is 3-0 in BKFC, coming off consecutive highlight-reel knockouts. After having the pleasure of interviewing him, here are 5 things you should know ahead of his massive opportunity:
1. Timing is Everything
In the middle of 2021, Coltrane was lying on the canvas after being knocked out in an MMA bout. He cited that due to his older age, it would be hard to break through on Dana White’s Contender Series, as the boss is typically against signing older fighters. Opportunity knocked on his door, however, and he hesitantly said yes to entering BKFC’s squared circle. “At first, I wasn’t a fan,’ he admitted. “This bare-knuckle sh*t is crazy.”
Now, Coltrane has the chance to become a world champion. He has been outspoken on social media, repeatedly calling for a chance at Mundell’s title. Now that the promotion has paid off, he believes this is his moment.
“I really think that [Mundell] thinks this is an easy fight for him. And if he trains that way, I’m going to shock the world on 11/3 in Orlando at [his] home. I’m going to whoop his ass in his own backyard.”
2. Coltrane Rejected an Opportunity to Compete for Power Slap
In August, a Power Slap producer reached out on Instagram about joining the league. Coltrane politely, but quickly declined. “I was thinking this dude was out of his mind,” he chuckled. “Just standing there letting a man hit me, I can’t do that. I don’t care how much money you’re trying to pay me.”
It is safe to say that “Coldred” is all for #TeamDefense.
3. It will be a Championship Weekend for his whole Family
Coltrane fights to teach his two beloved sons that they can also overcome adversity and become the best. While it has been a grueling journey to reach this point, he always tells his friends and family that, “we all have to fight for something in life.”
Unfortunately, Coltrane’s oldest son will not be attending his championship fight. This is for a meaningful reason, as he is a high school senior on a football team that is on track to compete in the playoffs that weekend. Despite his family not being there, “Coldred” remains cheerful.
“I know they’re going to send me their energy and they’ll be with me regardless.”
4. He is the Pride of North Carolina
In our interview, Coltrane was sporting a Carolina Panthers football hat to support his favorite team on game day. He trains out of Elite MMA and TFTC Academy in North Carolina and has been grinding with UFC veteran Jamie Pickett for 10 years. The southpaw will be one of his main sparring partners in this camp, to replicate Mundell’s style.
5. If He Wins, He Calls Out Mike Perry
After Mike Perry fulfills his obligations as the backup fighter to the Logan Paul vs. Dillon Danis bout on October 14th, he will be available for his next fight. It is currently the talk of bare knuckle on who is next for the face of the promotion: A BKFC title, a YouTuber, or an MMA fighter.
While Coltrane believes that Mundell deserved the fight with Perry, he now has his eyes on stealing that opportunity. ‘I’m definitely calling [Perry’s] b*tch ass out,” he proclaimed. “He’s the poster boy; he’s the money fight.”
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