Top 3 storylines for BKFC 48 on Friday

Top 3 storylines for BKFC 48 on Friday

Wednesday, Aug 09 2023 by BKFC Staff

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 48 goes down Friday in Albuquerque, NM, LIVE on The BKFC App. As always, this weekend’s highly anticipated event is stacked with intriguing storylines.

First Flyweight King Crowned 

In Friday’s Main Event, the first ever BKFC World Flyweight Champion will be decided when John “The Magician” Dodson (2-0, 2 KOs) and JR “The Lion” Ridge (3-1, 2 KOs) clash for the crown in Dodson’s hometown of Albuquerque. Ridge, the No. 1 contender in the stacked division, has long been regarded as one of the sport's most dangerous flyweights, and he’s ready to make it official against Dodson, the No. 2 contender. After back-to-back, first-round finishes to kick off his tenure with BKFC, Dodson, a two-time title challenger with the UFC, is hungry to officially stake his claim as the best flyweight bare knuckle fighter in the world.

Viral Co-Main Event Showdown

Bryce Hall’s 30M online followers will be watching intently Friday when the social media megastar makes his highly anticipated BKFC debut against the undefeated Guillermo “The Cutman” Perez. Although the odds are stacked against him, Hall knows bare knuckle fighting is the most exciting sport on the planet, and the thrill-seeking actor/influencer is ready to make a big-time statement against Perez. “The Cutman,” meanwhile, looks to climb to 4-0 with a fourth straight knockout as he continues his climb to a BKFC title shot.

Ranking Implications Galore

It would be tough to match an undercard that won’t get overshadowed by Friday’s must-see headlining fights, but BKFC Matchmaker Nate Shook has done just that. In Friday's Feature Fight, red-hot Keith "The Rockstar" Richardson tries to improve to 3-0 in the Squared Circle with a second KO at the expense of Derek Perez (1-0) in bantamweight action. Hard-hitting middleweight Will “The Brown Bomber” Santiago looks to smash his way to 3-0 with a third straight, first-round stoppage against Jeremie “Hit Em” Holloway, who brings a 10-6 pro MMA record into his BKFC debut. Joshua Moreno (2-0, 2 KOs) takes on Jeremy Sauceda (1-1, 1 KO) in another matchup with BKFC middleweight rankings at stake. Sydney “Sundance” Smith, the No. 4 contender in the BKFC women’s strawweight division, tries to improve to 2-0 against top British prospect Melanie Shah (1-0). The No. 5 contender in the BKFC featherweight division, Eric “Thuggy Bear” Dodson, the younger brother of BKFC 48 headliner John Dodson, looks to climb to 3-0 with a third straight, first-round finish over Robert Armas (1-2, 1 KO).