Britain Hart, the reigning BKFC champion, shares her strategy for securing consecutive title bouts within a little over a month.



Britain Hart, the reigning BKFC champion, shares her strategy for securing consecutive title bouts within a little over a month.

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Britain Hart, the reigning BKFC champion, finds herself confronted by a series of formidable challenges in her bare-knuckle fighting journey, and her next hurdle might just be the most demanding of all.

This Friday, Hart makes a triumphant return to her hometown of Salem, Va., where she will valiantly defend her strawweight title in the headline match against Melanie Shah. Astonishingly, a little over one month later, she is set to step into the ring once more, this time against Po Denman on a BKFC card in Thailand, scheduled for November 4th.

While scheduling back-to-back fights is not entirely unheard of, Hart stands out as a champion defending her title within an incredibly short time frame.

“I presented it to some people by starting with, ‘I know this is a bad idea,'” Hart candidly shared with MMA Fighting. “I know I can do it. I know I can do the impossible hard things. I believe I’m really chasing this legacy, this moment, and this opportunity to be legendary.”

She continued, “I feel like I’ve had brief little moments, but I still feel like people are wondering exactly who I am. I don’t feel like everybody knows exactly who I am. I feel like when I die, I want to leave that clear impression on who is Britain Hart, and that’s me. I do hard, impossible things.”

According to Hart, the chance to defend her title twice in just four weeks boiled down to perfect timing and seizing opportunities. After her fight in March, she expressed her desire to return to BKFC sooner rather than later. She even started working as an electrician while waiting for her next fight. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, BKFC contacted her with an offer for a September fight. To her surprise, they followed it up with another fight in Thailand.

“I got the Virginia fight, and it was cool, I was kind of begging for it,” Hart explained. “Once I got that fight, they’re like, ‘Yeah, we’ve got great news, we’re sending you to Thailand.’ I was like, ‘Oh cool, when?’ They said, ‘Nov. 4.’ I’m like, ‘What?'”

Despite her remarkable championship reign and her notable victories over UFC veterans Paige VanZant and Bec Rawlings in high-profile BKFC fights, Hart remains resolute in her pursuit of even greater accomplishments. Fighting twice in such a short period of time would challenge any fighter, but doing so as a champion appears almost insurmountable.

“It’s unheard of to take fights back-to-back,” Hart acknowledged. “Champs don’t do it. But I do it because I’m Britain Hart, and I’m going to take my belt over to a different country, and I’m going to come back with it. That’s just what I’ve decided to do, and I’m going to do it.”

Of course, Hart can’t afford to look too far ahead to the Thailand fight just yet. She must first focus on the upcoming title defense on Friday, which holds special significance as a homecoming for her. The event will take place in an arena just minutes away from where she previously worked as a clerk at a grocery store, tended bar, and even worked in a tree removal service in the same neighborhood.

Now, she’s the headline attraction at a bare-knuckle fighting event with her name prominently displayed on the marquee.

“To come full circle from doing those jobs to being the main event and as a female in one of the fastest-growing combat sports, it’s really beautiful,” Hart reflected. “I’ve changed my whole life around, and I’m doing it in a place where I was struggling and trying to survive, and now I’m on the top of the mountain.”

She added, “I haven’t mentioned [the fight in Thailand] whatsoever, because I don’t want to jinx it. I haven’t even really done paperwork, any conversations for the Thailand fight, because I want to focus on the Virginia fight, and I think I’ll be rewarded in the end. Really, I’m just first and foremost about the Virginia fight. After that fight happens, we’ll go back to work. For now, the start and the finish is Sept. 29.”


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