It’s officially Fight Week for the biggest date on the BKFC calendar as KnuckleMania 3 goes down Friday, LIVE on The BKFC App from Albuquerque, NM.
The most anticipated fight of the year takes place in the Main Event as defending BKFC World Light-Heavyweight Champion Lorenzo “The Juggernaut” Hunt (8-1, 7 KOs) and BKFC World Interim Light-Heavyweight Champion Mike “The Marine” Richman (4-0, 4 KOs) meet in a title unification bout that’s been years in the making. This will be a night to remember as two of the most talented and tenacious fighters in BKFC history, each in the prime of their outstanding careers, meet in the Squared Circle with gold on the line on the biggest card of 2023.
In the Co-Main Event, fighting legends from New Mexico drop their gloves for the first time in two of the most highly anticipated BKFC debuts in recent memory. After his historic 32-fight tenure in the UFC, MMA icon Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez battles five-time WBA champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout, with serious rankings implications on the line in the BKFC’s stacked welterweight division.
Simply put, Friday night’s Feature Fight could serve as the Main Event on any BKFC card. After turning heads with a 40-second KO victory in his BKFC debut, former UFC title challenger John “The Magician” Dodson (1-0, 1 KO) takes a big step up in competition against former BKFC World Bantamweight Champion Jarod “Kid Gatti” Grant (5-1, 4 KOs) in the flyweight division.
Sanchez and Dodson are joined by a pair of other UFC vets on KnuckleMania 3 – debuting heavyweight Greg “The Prince of War” Hardy Jr. and fast-rising lightweight Kevin “Crash” Croom (1-0, 1 KO). Hardy, a former All Star defensive lineman with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, makes his highly anticipated BKFC debut against Josh Watson (1-1, 1 KO), who’s eager to add Hardy’s name to his resume. Croom, meanwhile, looks to improve to 2-0 against Chevy Bridges (1-1, 1 KO).