BKB king Ricardo Franco has revealed his Bellator dream
Franco swapped the cage for the boxing ring and caused a sensation last November by toppling pound-for-pound No 1, Jimmy Sweeney.
The 27-year-old from Gainsborough got off the floor to force a cuts stoppage and meets Sweeney in a rematch at the Indigo at O2 Arena on Sunday, September 6.
Franco says he plans a decisive knockout win in a fight that will be seen by millions of fans around the world and says he sees his bareknuckle career as a stepping stone to a big MMA promotion.
"The ultimate dream has to be to fight in the UFC," he said, "but the goal at the moment is to become a big name in bareknuckle boxing and get on Bellator."
"I've had 40 plus MMA fights, but I took some silly fights, and that's why my record doesn't look as good as it does."
"I lost my first two MMA fights, but I learned a lot from that experience."
"I still want to fight around the world in MMA, but first, I want to be known as the best bareknuckle boxer out there."
For many, that remains Sweeney.
He's won world titles at three weights and has avenged the only previous loss on his 26-fight record, a narrow points loss to another former MMA fighter, Julian 'Nitrane' Lane.
Franco said: "I want bareknuckle fans to talk about me the way they talk about Jimmy before I go for Bellator."