Britain Hart has had surgery to fix a broken finger and will probably not be competing at BKFC Asia 5. She booked two bare knuckle bouts in the space of six weeks and the decision appears to have backfired.

Hart was scheduled to face local favourite Po Denman in a flyweight title fight in Pattaya on November 4th. That bout was set to serve as the co-main event on a card headlined by Buakaw Banchamek and Saenchai PKSaenchaigym.

But it looks highly unlikely that she will have recovered from her recent injury in time to compete next month:


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Broken finger

Hart was in action at BKFC 51 last month, defending her flyweight title. She beat the inexperienced Melanie Shat by decision and appeared to have emerged unscathed from that five round fight.

But the win did come at a cost to the reigning BKFC flyweight champion. Based on the X-ray photos she shared on Instagram the 33 year old broke the index finger of her right hand.

At no stage has Hart attempted to promote the fight with Denman so she probably didn’t feel the need to tell fans it wasn’t happening. But as her left hand is currently in a cast it is safe to assume she won’t be fighting in three weeks time.


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Public friendship

While the co-main event might have fallen by the wayside the headliner at BKFC Asia 5 remains intact and Buakaw and Saenchai have been promoting it in their own inimitable style. The latter assured fans that they would both be going all out, despite their very public friendship.

There is no footage of either man training for the fight. But both have recorded light hearted videos in which they make fun of each other, and themselves

Neither man could be accused of taking themselves too seriously. But fans who have purchased tickets will be hoping that they can put the friendship aside and put on a real fight next month.

Denman will no doubt be disappointed that the opportunity to challenge for the BKFC flyweight title has passed her by. But if Buakaw and Saenchai deliver then fans won’t be too upset about the co-main event falling throughg.