Just one week after invading London, BKFC returned on Saturday night with BKFC 28 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
BKFC was ready to bring the heat for their first event in the Land of Enchantment. On the docket were 10 total bare-knuckle bouts including a women’s flyweight world title showdown and the debut of two former UFC stars toeing the line against one another.
The BKFC 28 opened up with Jeremy Sauceda against Roderick Stewart. In the opening round, Stewart landed a beautiful check left that caught Sauceda clean, dropping him to the canvas. However, the tide turned in the second with Sauceda taking over and dropping Stewart twice to secure the stoppage. From there, Jayme Hinshaw made her BKFC debut against Cassie Robb. Jumping off the scratch line, Hinshaw swarmed Robb like a tiny tornado, smashing everything in her path. It was more than Robb could handle forcing the referee to stop the bout at the 1:18 mark. Rounding out the prelim portion was Josh Watson vs. Kyle McElroy. Watson needed less than 90 seconds to dispatch McElroy.
The Knockouts Keep Coming at BKFC 28
With the BKFC 28 main card underway, fans watching would be treated to four straight knockouts. Getting things started was Joshua Moreno who put away his opponent Zion Tomlinson one minute into the second round. That would be the third straight loss for the Z-Man likely signaling his exit from BKFC. Tony ‘Loco’ Soto kept the brutality coming with a third-round knockout of Joshua Morales.
Up next was Eric Dodson, the younger brother of two-time UFC title challenger John Dodson who is scheduled to compete in the evening’s co-main event. Toeing the line with Nick Villar, Dodson only needed 23-seconds to end Villar’s night with a spectacular right hand after overwhelming his opponent in the opening seconds.
Isaac Vallie-Flagg Returns to The BKFC Squared Circle
The next two fighters to step into the BKFC squared circle were Will Santiago and Jake Young. The bout ended in between rounds by recommendation of the on-site physician. In the opening round, Young appeared to slip inside the squared circle and injured his knee. Gutting through the remainder of the first round, he was unable to continue bringing fans their seventh-straight stoppage. In the evening’s next bout, Jeremy Smith would dominate Donald Sanchez throughout the course of their five-round scrap. Smith won the fight on all scorecards.
Returning to the BKFC squared circle for the first time in over two years was former UFC competitor Isaac Vallie-Flagg. Facing Brad Kelly, the New Mexico native was outclassed every step of the way. It was a disappointing showing for Vallie-Flag, but a statement win for Kelly who improved to 2-1 under the BKFC banner.
John Dodson Smashes Ryan Benoit in His BKFC Debut
In the BKFC 28 co-main event of the evening, former UFC title challenger John Dodson made his promotional debut in spectacular fashion. Facing former UFC standout Ryan Benoit in what would also be his BKFC debut, Dodson looked as quick as ever. It only took Dodson 1:40 in order to put Benoit away, making the Dodson brothers 2-0 on the night.
Following John Dodson’s incredible debut was perhaps one of the strangest moments in BKFC history. In the main event of the evening, Taylor ‘Killa Bee’ Starling was scheduled to challenge reigning champion Christine Ferea. Leading up to the fight, Starling was nothing short of confident. Going into the fight with an undefeated record of 3-0 in the BKFC squared circle, many believed ‘Killa Be” would be the one to dethrone the ‘Misfit.’
Coming out dancing her way down the ramp reminiscent of ONE Championship’s Stamp Fairtex, Starling looked like she was in the moment and ready to seize it. Things quickly changed as both women jumped off the BKFC scratch line and Ferea overwhelmed Starling, dropping her 21 seconds into the bout. As she got back to her feet, Starling could be seen yelling towards her corner that she couldn’t do it.
Noticeably emotional, Starling was practically pleading with her corner to end it before turning back around to knuckle up. Reluctantly coming back out, Ferea swarmed again landing a shot that had Starling turning away and verbally submitting forcing referee Dan Miragliotta to call for the stoppage at 47 seconds into the opening round to retain the BKFC flyweight championship.
The BKFC will return to action on Saturday, September 3rd for BKFC Thailand 3: Moment of Truth. Making his BKFC debut will be arguably the greatest Muay Thai practitioner in the history of the sport, Buakaw Banchamek. The inaugural BKFC Thailand featherweight champion will also be crowned in a battle between Pongpisan “Ton” Chunyong and Surasak Sukkhamcha. One week later, BKFC heads back to Montana for BKFC 29 featuring a BKFC strawweight world title bout between Britain Hart and Fani Peloumpi.
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