Their respective paths to this showdown could hardly have been more different, but this match-up has all the makings of an all-time classic. This event will also be the first BFL card ever televised live on The Fight Network.
In the BFL’s short history, no fighter has personified the axiom “don’t leave it up to the judges” quite like natural-featherweight Chris Day.
He first appeared in the main event at BFL 1 on May 15th, 2010, against physically larger veteran lightweight Tak Sasaki (0-1 PRO) in a split-decision loss that instantly caught the attention of all in attendance. Though visibly undersized, Day brought the fight to Sasaki until the final bell, convincing many in attendance that Day should actually have won.
Little could anyone know at the time, this pattern would, for a time at
least, become the hallmark of Day’s Battlefield Fight League:
thrilling and incredibly close fights against top fighters that never
seemed to break his way.
In fact, despite entering the BFL a perfect 6-0, Day went on to lose
razor-thin decisions to current BFL professional and former featherweight
champion Gary Mangat (1-0 PRO) and current featherweight champion Jeremy
sandwiched in between. To break this vicious cycle, Day tried his hand
again at lightweight at BFL8 where he finally picked up his
richly-deserved first Battlefield win over Eli(4-2).
Day currently trains at Toshido MMA academy in Kelowna, B.C., home to
renowned head-trainer David Lea.
Meanwhile, the story for any relatively-untested, undefeated fighter
remains the same for Emilio Ditrocchio: a fierce debate about whether his
flawless record is more a product of his competition’s weaknesses or his
own strengths. The surest way to know, of course, is for young champions
like Ditrocchio to step out of their comfort-zones and into the breach
against the very bestavailable.
To, Ditrocchio, who is an assistant instructor, as well as a
star pupil, at Vancouver’s Posener’s Pankrationr and is currently riding a
streak of four consecutive first-round, including a win by arm
bar back at BFL4, has done just that by re-entering the fray against BFL’s
Especially considering a fellow champion from Emilio’s most recent
promotion will fight for the vacant amateur lightweight title at BFL12,
Ditrocchio no doubt feels ready for a shot at the current BFL
featherweight champion, Jeremy Kennedy. But he must wait at least until
after current #1 contender Cam Deleurme (6-2) has his crack at the BFL hardware.
And so it is that this main card fight at BFL12 between battle-hardened
Chris Day and high-flying Emilio Ditrocchio has all the apparent makings
of a #1 contender’s bout to determine who will face the winner of Kennedy vs. Deleurme.
Both Day and Ditrochio possess stunning ground acumen, but neither is shy
about swinging limbs or leather, either, which may come in handy since neither has ever been submitted in competition.
Regardless of the roads we take in life, hard work and consistently facing
tough challenges tend to bring about great opportunities sooner-or-later;
both Day and Ditrochio have clearly embraced that mentality, but only one can seize victory at BFL12.
Fight Card: Battlefield Fight League 12 (BFL 12) November 18, 2011, Vancouver BC