BKFC 41: Eddie Alvarez vs. Chad Mendes preview and prediction

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A preview and prediction for the BKFC 41 co-main event.

The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship is back and what a card they have in store for us. This Saturday, April 29, live from the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado, Mike Perry (2-0 in the BKFC) will welcome former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold into the bare knuckle boxing world in the main event.

The co-main event has names just as big as the headliner to ensure the whole card is exciting from top to bottom. Another pair of former UFC commodities meet in a lightweight clash as both men look to make a statement late into their careers. Chad Mendes (1-0 in BKFC) welcomes another former UFC champion in Eddie Alvarez to the bare knuckle boxing scene in a highly anticipated co-main event.

This matchup has excitement written all over it, and if their MMA careers are an indication of what's to come in the bare knuckle boxing world, then it will surely provide fireworks and get us prepped for the huge main event afterwards.

BKFC 41: Eddie Alvarez vs. Chad Mendes prediction

Despite being two of the most recognizable names in MMA during the 2010s, neither man has had the expected ride off into the sunset they would've wanted. Mendes retired from the UFC back in 2018 following a TKO-loss to Alex Volkanovski and wouldn't compete for another four years, coming back to win by TKO in his BKFC debut over a year ago.

Alvarez has had an even bumpier ride. A man who was expected to take ONE Championship by storm following his exit from the UFC, Alvarez went an unimpressive 1-2 with 1 no-contest during his two-year run in the promotion. He now makes his BKFC debut hoping to knock off those cobwebs and get his career back on track.

Unfortunately for Alvarez, we just do not see how his chin will hold up. You could easily argue that Alvarez is undoubtedly the better boxer than the two-time NCAA Division 1 All-American but Mendes just seems to have an extra step of motivation behind him, especially since it seems he returned to compete out of sheer love for combat sports after being retired for quite some time.

Mendes himself has been knocked out before too but Alvarez's chin is nowhere near where it was. Watch his fights in ONE and you'll see that Alvarez is no longer the fighter we all grew up watching, which doesn't bode well when he will be taking bare knuckles to the face. Mendes gets himself another win by KO, this time in the second.

Prediction: Chad Mendes by 2nd round knockout

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BKFC 41: Eddie Alvarez vs. Chad Mendes takes place on Saturday, April 29, 2023, live from the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your news and highlights.