Francesco Ricchi fought Noah Cutter on Friday, November 13th at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship #BKFC14. It was one helluva fight as Cutter controlled it early and nearly finished Ricchi. However, Ricchi showed his true warrior spirit and mounted what many people thought was the comeback win of the year when he finished Cutter in the 3rd round via TKO.
What we didn’t know was that Ricchi had sustained what we would later find out was a life-threatening injury after sustaining an injury to his larynx after an errant pair of punches caught him in the throat. Ricchi ended up hospitalized, and in a medically induced coma from the injury. He had blood in his lungs, and luckily the good folks at Broward General Hospital were on point and able to act swiftly to save this man’s life so he could share his story with all of us. Ricchi took home the win but nearly suffered the biggest loss in doing so.
I had Ricchi on The Cage Side with Christopher James Show on Thursday, December 17th to discuss it all. Here is the exclusive, and first media appearance by Ricchi since fight night. Grateful to be able to bring this incredible story to all of you.
Christopher James has been in the MMA industry for 15 years, Working as a ring announcer for promotions like the XFC, Island Fights, Combat Night and Fight Nights Global during his career. Chris’ love for the sport and the athletes that partake in it led him to writing and doing face to face interviews with the athletes he admired and respected. Chris isn’t conventional by any stretch of the imagination, he has his own style, and takes pride in not being a “cookie-cutter” member of the media. Unique and sometimes controversial takes are what he brings to the table, forcing folks to think a little differently about the world of MMA. He also has a love for music as he has been a dj for 25 years and his love for music gets brought to the MMA world when he gets his guests to sing on his weekly show Cage Side with Christopher James which can be seen Wednesday nights on FACEBOOK LIVE, and soon via podcast.