Italy’s hottest summer for MMA
86 °F outside, as I’m writing down these lines. Meteorologist say it’s going to be a hot summer
here in Italy. If now I’m talking about weather, though, I can assure you it’s going to be a red hot summer for Italy’s MMA too, and it starts this weekend with Bellator in London and UFC in Greenville.
Starting from the Europe’s card, we will see Alessandro “Bad” Botti (15-9, 0-0 Bellator) making his debut in a major promotion as he’s going to lock horns with former BAMMA lightweight and welterweight belt-holder Terry Brazier (10-2, 0-1 Bellator). The Italian fighter takes the fight on a two-week notice as two former Brazier’s opponents, Peter Queally and Tim Wilde, got injured weeks before the event. Because of that, the fight takes place at a 160 lbs catchweight.
Botti is the former Italian Cage Fighting lightweight champion, but he recently lost the gold against current Bellator athlete Abner Lloveras.
One interesting thing to know about the fighter from Belpaese is that during his pro career, which started more than 9 years ago, he fought in the weight classes rangingfrom light heavyweight to lightweight. Well, that’s just crazy!
In a recent interview he had with Bellator.it he said: “I feel like I’m one of the most underrated fighter in the whole Italy’s MMA scene, but my time has come now and I won’t let it go.”
I can see “Bad” signing with the promotion with an impressive win over the UKMMA veteran and maybe fighting in his backyard at Bellator Milan, this October.
4072 miles away from London, another fellow Italian fighter makes his octagon return in
Greenville, South Carolina. Alessio “Manzo” Di Chirico (12-2, 3-2 UFC) comes back from an almostone-year hiatus due to a hand surgery. He’s going to face Contender Series alum Kevin Holland (15-4, 2-1 UFC).
Di Chirico already had a fight booked earlier this year, against England’s Tom Breese, but he had to pull of due to the aforementioned hand’s injury. He’s now 100% healthy and
he’s ready to make another statement like the highlight-reel KO against Oluwale Bamgbose.
“Manzo” trains under Lorenzo Borgomeo at Gloria Fight Center, hands down the most known gym in Italy. Under their banner they have two UFC fighters, Alessio Di Chirico and CarloPedersoli Jr, former ONE Championship title contender, Mauro Cerilli and a lot of youngand talented prospects such as Valeriu Mircea (25-5-1) and Micol Di Segni (7-2).
If the two fights above are not enough for you Italian MMA-craving fans, rejoice! As I said, we’ll have a blazing summer. Two Italian WMMA athletes take their chance at Dana White’s Contender Series, Lucrezia Ria and the above-named Micol Di Segni. But it’s not ending here as Marvin Vettori and Mara Romero Borella both return to the UFC this July respectively against Cezar Ferreira on
July 13th and against Lauren Murphy on July 27th.
Stay tuned, mark my words, it’s going to be good!
Written by @Phre (Twitter handle)