Ex-UFC title challenger John Dodson headlines BKFC’s Albuquerque return as champ

Former UFC flyweight title challenger John Dodson continues to build his bona fides in the world of bareknuckle boxing and in March will headline a card as champion in front of his home fans.

Dodson will put his flyweight title on the line against Dagoberto Aguero at BKFC 59, the promotion announced Monday. The event will take place March 29 at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, N.M., which is Dodson’s home city.

“We love promoting events in Albuquerque, whether it’s the huge shows at the Tingley Coliseum or our tremendous sold-out BKFC Prospect Series event this past Friday night at the Revel,” BKFC president David Feldman said in a statement. “The deep local talent pool of great bareknuckle fighters and the overwhelming support we’ve received from local fans over the last two years makes Albuquerque one of the very best cities for BKFC.

“John Dodson has looked sensational in his first three BKFC fights, but Dagoberto Aguero is a tough and talented Dominican with an impressive professional boxing record, and he made a remarkably impressive showing in his BKFC debut in November.”

Dodson made his BKFC in August 2022 with a first-round knockout of Ryan Benoit. He followed that with two more first-round KOs against Jarod Grant and J.R. Ridge, the latter of which was for the inaugural BKFC flyweight title. All three fights took place in Albuquerque.

Aguero put together a pro boxing record of 15-2 with 10 KOs before he came to BKFC. This past November, he debuted with a third-round knockout of Chance Wilson in Florida.

Additional fights for BKFC 59 are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie