BKFC Knucklemania 3 results, highlights – Diego Sanchez & Greg Hardy get finished, John Dodson thrives

Stay up to date with what’s happening tonight’s BKFC Knucklemania 3 event, which is going down from the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.…

By: Eddie Mercado | 4 months ago
BKFC Knucklemania 3 results, highlights – Diego Sanchez & Greg Hardy get finished, John Dodson thrives
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Stay up to date with what’s happening tonight’s BKFC Knucklemania 3 event, which is going down from the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The top of the billing will see a middleweight title fight between the champion, Lorenzo Hunt, and his challenger, Mike Richman. For the co-main event, we will see the BKFC debut of Albuquerque’s own Diego Sanchez, who will be taking on an actual professional boxer, Austin Trout. There are a couple of other UFC veterans on the docket as well, including John Dodson, who meets Jarod Grant, and Greg Hardy, who faces Josh Watson.

The main card is scheduled to begin at 9:00pm ET, and can be seen on FITE.tv. Typically the PPV cost is $29.99, but FITE is offering up Knucklemania 3 for a third of the price at $9.99. The preliminary bouts begin at 8:00pm ET and can be streamed on BKFC’s YouTube channel, and/or on the BKFC app.

Main card (9 p.m. ET on FITE.tv):

Lorenzo Hunt def. Mike Richman by KO at 1:50 of round 1

Austin Trout def. Diego Sanchez by TKO at 1:44 of round 4

Sanchez clipped Trout early to surprise him, but Austin regained his composure and started to swing back. Trout took the center and began jousting back the head of Sanchez with his jab. Sanchez found his moments when he was flurry in with a frenzied punches, but he wasn’t able to sustain those sort of bursts for very long.

Sanchez had a strong start to the second act. He was able to get Trout against the ropes, and was able to open up on him. Trout showcased some stellar head movement, bobbing and weaving to make Sanchez miss. In open space, Trout continued to pepper Diego with the jab, causing a couple of cuts on his face.

Trout returned to his jab in the third, keeping Sanchez at range. Diego was no longer exploding into the pocket like he was in the previous rounds, and that was playing right into Trout’s game. Trout also started to work the body, which was further fatiguing Sanchez.

The first knockdown of the fight came in the fourth when Trout caught Sanchez was a brilliant counter left. Sanchez made the count, and after the ref checked on one of his cuts, the fight continued. Trout went right back to work, and at this point the face of Diego was completely covered in blood. The doctor took a quick look at Sanchez and recommended that the fight be stopped.

John Dodson def. Jarod Grant by KO at 1:41 of round 1

Dodson showed his hand speed right away, and then quickly began using his footwork. In a blitz, Dodson connected with a clean uppercut to the nose that sent Grant falling to the floor. The 10-count was engaged, and Grant stood up, but then decided to take a knee. That’s where the fight was stopped.

Josh Watson def. Greg Hardy by KO at :19 of round 2

Watson blitzed right away, but Hardy took it and started to pump his jab. Hardy actually started to command the cage, keeping Watson on the outside. Watson was wearing it, but he wasn’t out. Just before the bell, he leaped in with a massive hook that would have dropped Hardy, had the ropes not held him up. By rule, it was ruled a knockdown, but Hardy made the count.

A doctor was brought in to check on a deep gash above the left eye of Watson, but was deemed fit to continue. The round started and Watson connected with an angry hook that dropped Hardy for good. Hardy tried to stand up in time, but he missed the count and was obviously still in bad shape. What an upset!

Jayme Hinshaw def. Charisa Sigala by KO at :38 of round 1

The fighters met in the middle and started trading right away. Hinshaw then connected with a haymaker that wobbled Sigala, and then pounced. She landed a wicked overhand right that sent Sigala crashing to the canvas. In a gruesome sight, Sigala twisted her leg n the way down in a way that looked like she broke it. The referee started his count, but after Sigala pointed to her mangled lower leg, the official quickly waved off the bout. EEK!

Will Santiago def. Noah Cutter by TKO at 2:00 of round 1

Santiago came out aggressive, with Cutter trying to counter and weather the storm. Being the shorter man, Santiago was having to explode in with strikes, and then use big explosive movements to get out of the way of Cutter’s counters. Just before the end of the round, a big cut opened up around the left eye of Cutter. The doctor was brought in before the start of the second round to check on the cut. The doctor deemed Cutter unfit to continue, so the match was stopped. **Edit: It was a cut to the lip that prompted the doctor to call the fight.

Gaston Reyno def. Dan Van Sickle by TKO at 1:26 of round 1

Reyno found his groove early in this one. Van Sickle would try to crash the pocket, but Reyno was clipping him on his way in. Then Reyno unleashed a looping right hand that dropped Van Sickle. Although Van Sickle quickly stood up and seemed to be fit to continue, the doctor was brought in. There was a cut around the right eye of Van Sickle, and that is what gave the doctor his reason to call off the fight.

Joshua Moreno def. Christian Torres by TKO at 1:02 of round 2

Moreno was pressuring right away, staying behind his jab and keeping Torres on the outside. Whenever Moreno would get too close, the fighters would clinch up until the ref stepped in. The round ended with a huge uppercut from Moreno that split open Torres.

At just 41-seconds into the second round, the ref paused the action so that the doctor could check on the cut between the eyes of Torres. The fight continued, and Moreno connected with another blistering uppercut that dropped Torres. Credit to Torres for getting up, but the referee wisely stopped the bout.

Kevin Croom def. Chevvy Bridges by KO at 1:11 of round 1

Croom closed the distance right away, working his dirty boxing. After a separation, Bridges tried to counter, but the advancing Croom kept crashing into the pocket. Then KABOOM! Croom uncorked a viscous right cross to left hook that put Bridges down. And that was that!

Prelims (8 p.m. ET on YouTube/BKFC App):

Eric Dodson def. Gene Perez by KO at 1:32 of round 1

Nick Gonzalez def. Lardy Navarro by KO at :41 of round 1

Derek Perez def. Anthony Sanchez by unanimous decision (49-45 x2, 50-44)

About the author: Eddie Mercado has covered combat sports since 2015. He covers everything from betting odds to live events and fighter interviews. He holds a 1-0 record in pro MMA and holds a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu. (full bio)

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Eddie Mercado is a writer and content creator for Bloody Elbow, and has covered combat sports since 2015. Eddie covers everything from betting odds and live events, to fighter interviews and co-hosting the 6th Round post-fight show and the 6th Round Retro. He retired at 1-0 in professional MMA, competed in one Muay Thai match in Thailand, and is currently a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu under the great Diego Bispo.

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