Francesco Ricchi becomes first Italian champion in BKFC history

Francesco Ricchi becomes first Italian champion in BKFC history

Saturday, Jun 25 2022 by BKFC Staff

Italy has its first BKFC Champion, and his name is Francesco Ricchi.

The Naples-born, Fort Lauderdale, FL fighter defeated Uly Diaz via doctor’s stoppage TKO just 76 seconds into their battle for the BKFC World Interim Middleweight Championship in the Co-Main Event of BKFC 26 on Friday in Hollywood, FL, LIVE on the BKFC app.

Ricchi climbed to 5-0 in the BKFC Squared Circle with his victory.

“I feel pretty good,” the stoic middleweight fighter said post-fight. 

“We deserved to go a little bit more, but it is what it is. This is a high-paced sport, and Uly is a (expletive) monster. If you don’t believe me, come in here and fight him.”

Ricchi used his post-fight interview as a platform to take shots at some of his fellow BKFC stars, including Mike Perry. 

The undefeated Mike “The Marine” Richman, the No. 2-ranked middleweight contender, entered the Squared Circle, and for a moment two of the best bare knuckle fighters in the world faced off.

“I asked to fight Richman because I didn’t want to fight my friend Uly. But, push comes to shove, and Uly is the one who showed up,” Ricchi said. “I don’t talk, I just show up and fight.”

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