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BKFC 28 results: Christine Ferea, John Dodson victorious with first-round knockouts

Quick wins top the bill in BKFC's debut in New Mexico.

ALBUQUERQUE – Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship opened up another state on Saturday night with a stellar card in front of a massive crowd at the Rio Rancho Events Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In the main event of BKFC 28, Christine "Misfit" Ferea (6-1), successfully defended her BKFC women's flyweight world championship with a first-round stoppage of No. 2-ranked challenger Taylor "Killa Bee" Starling (3-2). Overwhelming Starling with blistering right hands from the opening bell, Ferea recorded a knockdown in the opening minute. Following a barrage of power shots to the badly hurt Starling, referee Dan Miragliotta called a halt to the onslaught.

Said the victorious Ferea, "We worked in camp on making her uncomfortable from the start of the fight. We train hard and do our best on fight night. All these UFC fighters who want to come over, let's do it."

Hometown favorite John "The Magician" Dodson, (1-0) wasted no-time against fellow BKFC debuting MMA veteran Ryan Benoit (0-1) of Dallas with two scorching knockdowns in the first round. Using superior hand and tremendous foot speed, the southpaw Dodson overwhelmed Benoit who was bleeding badly as the bout was stopped at the 0:40 mark of the opening stanza in their bantamweight fight.

"It feels amazing to be in the squared circle. I'm blessed to fight on the same BKFC card as my brother and have both of us annihilate our opponents," said a celebrating Dodson.

In the feature fight of the evening, welterweights went to battle as Mississippi's Brad "Machine Gun" Kelly (3-1) proved to be too strong and heavy handed for home towner Isaac Valle-Flagg (3-2). After a dominant opening round, Kelly continued to stalk and batter the valiant Valle-Flagg who attempted to work inside. However, Kelly used a solid jab and big left hooks to continue scoring. The badly hurt Valle-Flagg was dropped by a battery of punches mid-way through the final round as Kelly capped off his career best performance in BKFC. Scores at the end of the five rounds were 50-44 on all three judges' scorecards for the victorious Kelly.

Fighting in the middleweight division, Jeremy "Pitbull" Smith (2-0) dominated over five rounds against BKFC debuting hometown favorite Donald Sanchez (0-1). Utilizing an excellent jab, Smith was able to control the distance combined with a tight defense to win the first two rounds. In the third stanza, Smith opened up his offense, landing more combinations against the tough Sanchez. The final two rounds saw Smith close the fight strongly as Sanchez valiantly tried to counter with limited success. Scores at the end of the fight were unanimous for Smith, 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46.

Battling in the middleweight division, popular southpaw Will Santiago (1-0) had a sensational BKFC debut dropping Jake Young (1-1) four times in the first round with massive left hands. The bout was stopped as Young did not come out for the second stanza.

In the featherweight division Eric Dodson (1-0) had a show stopping BKFC debut, steamrolling over Nick Villar (0-3-1) from the opening bell, dropping him to the canvas with two big right hands. The bout was stopped at the 0:23 mark of the first round.

Tony "Loco" Soto (3-0) made good on his brash talk at the weigh-ins, stopping Joshua Morales (0-1) in the third round of their lightweight clash. The stronger Soto landed the heavier punches throughout prior to the referee's stoppage.  

Opening up the main card, hometowner Josh Moreno (1-0) made his successful debut, stopping Zion Tomlinson Sr. (2-3) in the second round. After an excellent first round featuring tremendous two-way action, Moreno would land a barrage of punches dropping Tomlinson. Although beating the count, the fight was stopped at the 1:00 mark of the second stanza as the referee deemed Tomlinson unable to continue in the middleweight bout.

Heavyweights saw action in the prelims as Josh Watson (1-1) evened his record, stopping Kyle McElroy (0-3) at 1:24 of the first round. McElroy rose from a knockdown but Watson's relentless attack brought a halt to the action.

In BKFC's first ever women's atomweight fight, Jayme Hinshaw (1-0) proved too much for veteran Cassie Robb (0-3) with a first-round stoppage. Hinshaw landed rapid-fire punches from the first bell as Robb was unable to handle the onslaught.

Opening the evening, Jeremy Salceda (1-0) stopped Roderick Stewart (0-1) at 1:38 of the second round in the middleweight pairing of BKFC debuters.