Marquess of Queensberry rules may be kinda dumb but they’re a big improvement over what came before – London Prize Ring rules, which were left in the dustbin of history back in 1889. Now a fighter in Arizona is trying to bring London Rules back, bare knuckle and all:

“It’s going to be under the London Prize Fight rules. The only thing that will be modified is that it’s going to be 90-second rounds. There will be 10 rounds.”

Gunn and promoter Dave Feldman hope that combat sports fans will take great interest in bare knuckle boxing.

“If you’re a striking fan, if you’re a boxing fan, if you’re someone who just likes to see two men fighting fist to fist, this is a wonderful sport,” Gunn said. “This is not a barroom brawl. It ain’t no back alley, unorganized event. This is a properly organized event with ringside physicians, referees, judges and timekeepers.”

“I think the way that we’re doing this, making sure everybody’s medically cleared and having everybody train the right way, I just think that we have something that’s going to eventually take off a little bit. I think it’s going to be a nice sport. People are always looking for the most extreme thing and how do you get more raw and more pure than bare knuckle boxing? I think it’s something that people will want to see,” Feldman said.

How exactly is bare knuckle boxing making ‘a comeback’ in America? The event is happening on Native American land, where you’re apparently allowed to do pretty much anything so long as you have enough to rent the hall. It will be interesting to see how all of this turns out (and if it does, we all remember how MMA shows on Indian land used to get shut down).

Without the never-ending rounds, the nastiest part of all this business is the bare knuckle aspect. That’s barely enough to make things more interesting. Everyone who remembers the early days of MMA remember there being a lot of broken hands, making bare-knuckle striking a lot less cool than it might sound.

(via Bad Left Hook)