Alessio Di Chirico

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Alessio Di Chirico
Born (1989-12-12) December 12, 1989 (age 28)
Rome, Italy[1]
Other names Manzo
Nationality Italian
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Rome, Italy
Team GLORIA Fight Center [2]
Trainer Lorenzo Borgomeo[1]
Years active 2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 12
By knockout 5
By submission 4
By decision 3
Losses 2
By submission 1
By decision 1
University University of Foro Italico[3]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Alessio "Manzo" Di Chirico (born December 12, 1989) is an Italian mixed martial artist who competes in Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[3]


Di Chirico was born in Rome, Italy.[4] He attended University of Foro Italico, majoring in Sport and Science. He started playing American football when he was young and he was the linebacker for Grizzlies Rome from 2008 to 2011.[5] He started MMA training to lose weight and his friend Giovanni Pinelli introduced MMA to him, and decided to transition to MMA from American football after 2011.[6] He joined Roman Gymnasium Hung Mun and started his MMA training there.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

International Mixed Martial Arts Federation[edit]

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, partnering with Tuff-N-Uff, organised first-ever Amateur MMA World Championships in Las Vegas in 2014[8][8] and Di Chirico won the 2014 International Mixed Martial arts Federation (IMMAF) Light Heavyweight amateur title on July 1.[9][10]

Early career[edit]

Di Chirico fought in the European based promotions and amassed of a record of 9-0 prior joining UFC.[11]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Di Chirico made his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos on April 10, 2016. He face Bojan Veličković and he lost the bout by unanimous decision.[12]

On August 27, 2016, Di Chirico faced Garreth McLellan on UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit.[13] He won the fight via split decision.[14]

He next faced Eric Spicely on UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña on January 28, 2017.[15] He lost the fight via submission (triangle choke) in the first round.[16]

Di Chirico was expected to face Rafael Natal at UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum on July 22, 2017.[17] However, Di Chirico pulled out in the weeks leading up to the event due to a neck injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Eryk Anders.[18]

Di Chirico faced Oluwale Bamgbose on December 16, 2017 at UFC on Fox 26.[19] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.[20] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[21]

Di Chirico faced Julian Marquez on July 6, 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale.[22] At the weigh-ins, Julian Marquez weighed in at 190 lbs, four pounds over the middleweight limit of 186. He was fined 30% of his fight purse to Di Chirco and the bout proceeded at a catchweight.[23] He won the fight via split decision.[24]

Di Chirico is expected to face Jared Cannonier on November 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 140.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Di Chirico is founder of his current MMA Team, the GLORIA Fight Center based in Rome. [26][27]

Di Chirico considers the Italian MMA fighters knights instead of gladiators for Italian. MMA fighters are gentlemen, committing to fight for a principle and for an idea.[28]

Gladiators are slaves. The motto of my team ‘Not Gladiators, we are Knights.’[28]

After his KO win against Oluwale Bamgbose, Di Chirico's post-fight interview went viral. He answered with: "Scusi, Babadaboopi.", a quote from the Family Guy character Peter Griffin during a famous scene about Italian language perception. [29]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–2 Julian Marquez Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Undefeated Finale July 6, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (190 lbs) bout; Marquez missed weight.
Win 11–2 Oluwale Bamgbose KO (knee) UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos December 16, 2017 2 2:14 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Performance of the Night.
Loss 10–2 Eric Spicely Submission (triangle choke) UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña January 28, 2017 1 2:14 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 10–1 Garreth McLellan Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Maia vs. Condit August 27, 2016 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 9–1 Bojan Veličković Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos April 10, 2016 3 5:00 Zagreb, Croatia
Win 9–0 Andrzej Grzebyk Decision (unanimous) FEN 9: Go For It November 7, 2015 3 5:00 Wrocław, Poland
Win 8–0 André Reinders TKO (punches) Caveam: Bitva Roku 2015 March 19, 2015 3 5:00 Prague, Czech Republic
Win 7–0 Adam Kowalski TKO (punches) Professional League of MMA 47 January 30, 2015 3 2:23 Warsaw, Poland Middleweight debut.
Win 6–0 Giovanni Luciani Submission (rear-naked choke) Centurion Fighting Championship June 21, 2014 2 2:40 Guidonia, Italy
Win 5–0 Cristian Magro TKO (punches) Storm FC 5 October 12, 2013 1 4:15 Rome, Italy
Win 4–0 Oleg Medvedev Submission (keylock) White Rex: Tana Delle Tigri 1 May 31, 2013 1 3;54 Rome, Italy
Win 3–0 Daniele D'Angelo TKO (punches) Storm FC 3 March 23, 2013 1 1:25 Rome, Italy
Win 2–0 Issa Saidi Submission (rear-naked choke) Ronin FC 2 February 24, 2012 1 2:48 Rome, Italy
Win 1–0 Mohamed Anoir Submission (rear-naked choke) Ronin FC 1 December 9, 2011 1 2:55 Rome, Italy


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Alessio Di Chirico ("Manzo") | MMA Fighter Page | Tapology". Tapology. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  2. ^ "Alessio". Sherdog.
  3. ^ a b "Alessia Di Chirico - Official UFC Profile". Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  4. ^ "This Rome-native UFC fighter is no gladiator". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  5. ^ "Di Chirico, gigante goloso "Sogno il titolo mondiale">".
  6. ^ "Intervista al giovane talento Alessio Di Chirico". 13 July 2013.
  7. ^ "MMA: Alessio Di Chirico riporta l'Italia in UFC -". 21 January 2016.
  8. ^ a b "IMMAF and Tuff-N-Uff to Run First-Ever Amateur MMA World Championships Next Week in Vegas |". Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  9. ^ "IMMAF 2014 World Championships: Day 5 - Finals | MMA Event Page | Tapology". Tapology. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  10. ^ "2014 Medallists - IMMAF". IMMAF. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  11. ^ "Alessio". Sherdog. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  12. ^ "". Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  13. ^ Staff (2016-06-15). "Garreth McLellan vs. Alessio Di Chirico added to August's UFC on FOX 21 card in Vancouver". Retrieved 2015-06-15.
  14. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-08-27). "UFC on FOX 21 results: Alessio Di Chirico takes bloody split decision over Garreth McLellan". Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  15. ^ Staff (2017-01-11). "Spicely-Di Chirico added to UFC Denver". Retrieved 2017-01-11.
  16. ^ Matt Erickson (2017-01-28). "UFC on FOX 23 results: Eric Spicely chokes out Alessio Di Chirico in first". Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  17. ^ "Three Fights Added To UFC On Fox 25". 2017-05-28. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  18. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-07-13). "Alessio Di Chirico out at UFC on FOX 25; LFA champ Eryk Anders to debut vs. Rafael Natal". Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  19. ^ Staff (2017-08-17). "Nogueira-Cannonier, Bamgbose-Di Chirico added to UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg". Retrieved 2017-08-17.
  20. ^ "UFC on FOX 26 results: Alessio Di Chirico starts slow but sleeps Oluwale Bamgbose". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-16. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  21. ^ "UFC on FOX 26 bonuses: Julian Marquez, Darren Stewart awarded for back-and-forth brawl". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  22. ^ DNA, MMA. "Zes vechters geboekt voor de TUF 27 Finale tijdens International Fight Week 2018". Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  23. ^ Fancher, Paul S.; Mathew, Arvind (1989-08-01). "Safety Implications of Trucks Designed to Weigh Over 80,000 Pounds". SAE Technical Paper Series. 400 Commonwealth Drive, Warrendale, PA, United States: SAE International. doi:10.4271/891632.
  24. ^ "TUF 27 Finale results: Alessio Di Chirico outpoints Julian Marquez for split-decision win". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-07. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  25. ^ David Tees (2018-09-09). "Jared Cannonier faces Alessio Di Chirico at UFC Fight Night Buenos Aires". Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  26. ^ "Gloria Fight Center, la nuova sfida di Riccardo Carfagna e Ale Di Chirico". MMA ARENA (in Italian). 2017-09-23. Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  27. ^ Italia, Rolling Stone. "Ensi intervista Alessio Di Chirico". Rolling Stone Italia (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-12-21.
  28. ^ a b "This Rome-native UFC fighter is no gladiator". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  29. ^ "UFC Fighter's Peter Griffin Impression During Post-Match Interview Goes Viral". 18 December 2017.
  30. ^ "Alessio". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-04-15.

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