David Feldman describes Jarod Grant vs John Dodson as a title eliminator. The two warriors are set for a huge flyweight fight at BKFC KnuckleMania 3. This is a big bout, especially in the context of BKFC having yet to cement a champion at 125 pounds.
Amid a continuing argument between event headliners Lorenzo Hunt and Mike Richman, I was able to have a question asked by the moderator regarding Grant vs Dodson at the presser ahead of this tentpole event.
What does the timeline look like for cementing an inaugural BKFC flyweight champion and where does the winner of Jarod Grant vs John Dodson fit within that?
Feldman stated, “I think that the winner of Dodson and Grant is in line for the 125-pound championship, absolutely. I mean Jarod Grant is a tremendous fighter. He came off a bad performance against Reggie Grant (Barnett). John Dodson also obviously showed his explosiveness in MMA and in our ring. We’re going to see what he does here on February 17th. But I absolutely think that the winner of that deserves a crack at the inaugural 125-pound championship.”
Dodson looks to go 2-0 in BKFC after winning his Rizin debut on New Year’s Eve. In his bare-knuckle boxing debut, he scored a sub-one-minute KO win over Ryan Benoit at BKFC 28 last August.
Grant is a former interim BKFC bantamweight champion. The 5-1 bare-knuckle boxer looks to rebound from his sole loss to pound-for-pound ranked BKFC fighter/ bantamweight kingpin Reggie Barnett Jr. As he enters a new division, Grant has a chance to potentially someday add another BKFC belt to his mantle.
BKFC KnuckleMania 3 transpires on February 17th. The fistic fireworks emanate from Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The top of the marquee clash, as mentioned, features dual division champion Lorenzo Hunt looking to unify his light heavyweight crown against interim 185-pound titleholder Mike Richman.
In the co-headline attraction, The Ultimate Fighter season one veteran and former UFC lightweight title challenger Diego Sanchez clashes with decorated gloved boxing champion Austin Trout.
Check out the entire KnuckleMania 3 press conference below
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