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Rewritten: Luke Rockhold playfully applies a chokehold on Mike Perry following their staredown at BKFC 41.

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Perry even offered to let Rockhold hold his “platinum” title he wore throughout the press conference.While Perry has two wins during his bare-knuckle career including a victory over Bellator star Michael “Venom” Page, this will be Rockhold’s first foray into the sport after securing his release from the UFC.Perhaps the most tense faceoff came between BKFC flyweight champion Christine Ferea and UFC and Bellator veteran Bec Rawlings. While Rawlings was stoic during the staredown, Ferea kept shouting in her face until the fighters were eventually separated.Luke Rockhold has decided to engage in fisticuffs with Mike Perry exclusively at BKFC 41. However, the ex-UFC middleweight champion briefly reverted to his MMA origins during a staredown on Thursday.There will be one final faceoff on Friday during the official weigh-ins with BKFC 41 scheduled for Saturday night with the main card kicking off at 9 p.m. ET from Colorado.Both fighters have promised a knockout with Rockhold touting his size and power advantage while Perry leaning on durability and experience.Before their 185-pound main event, Rockhold and Perry had a face-off after the pre-fight press conference. Although the fighters got a bit confrontational as they stared each other down, the situation did not escalate.Once the faceoff was finished, Perry turned to walk away and Rockhold quickly grabbed him in a rear-naked choke — all in good fun — before letting go as he smiled at the two-time BKFC veteran.In the co-main event, former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez also makes his bare-knuckle fighting debut against Chad Mendes, who currently sports a 1-0 record in BKFC.

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