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The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, or BKFC for short, has made quite the splash since forming back in 2018. The promotion focuses on a return to roots, so to speak, for boxing where the fights go on without the use of gloves. They’ve managed to assemble quite an impressive roster in such a short time. One fighter in particular, Christine Ferea, has shown that she has the necessary talent to compete at the highest levels despite a lack of professional MMA and boxing experience.
Ferea comes from a Muay Thai background, and has amassed an impressive 13-0 record over the past nine years before he made the transition to professional MMA with Invicta. Ferea surprised fans in her Invicta debut after knocking out Rachael Ostovich, who was 3-2 at the time and later joined the cast of The Ultimate Fighter 26, in a fairly one-sided ordeal. Ferea would go on to lose her next fight, this time against Karina Rodriguez who herself is a formidable fighter, also by unanimous decision, but it was clear in each fight that Ferea had the capability to compete against anyone. Now with the transition into bare knuckle boxing, Ferea will hopefully be able to match her talent with wins.
So far, Ferea has managed to do just that. Ferea is currently 3-1-0 as a BKFC fighter and cemented herself as one of the top ranked women’s fighters. Her last fight was a second round TKO over Calie Cutler, who has a 7-6-0 professional record, and could be the springboard she needs to get a title shot against the current champion Bec Rawlings. In an interview from MyMMANews.com, Ferea described what finally winning a championship after all these years would mean.
“It’s going to feel like all of my hard work paid off,” she said. “Finally all of the running, days and nights in the gym, all of the dieting and all of the sacrifice will be worth it.”
Time will tell if Ferea will get her moment in the sun, but she has certainly fought like hell to get the chance. Do you think Ferea has what it takes to become a champion?
Written by: Chris Murphy