Alessio Di Chirico
Manzo

Italy

Scheduled for June fight
MiddleweightUFC
March 29, 2021
Di Chirico will fight Roman Dolidze (face) in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for June 5, Al Zullino of Tapology reports.
ANALYSIS
Di Chirico is looking to build off the momentum he gained from an upset victory via KO against Joaquin Buckley in January. The 31-year-old fighter was 0-3-1 in his previous four fights. He'll draw Dolidze, who is expected to be medically cleared in time for the June bout after losing via unanimous decision to Trevin Giles on March 20.
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Stuns Joaquin Buckley
MiddleweightUFC
January 16, 2021
Di Chirico defeated Joaquin Buckley via KO (head kick) at 2:12 of Round 1 at UFC on ABC 1 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Well, no one saw that coming. A thoroughly mediocre fighter of late who appeared to be quite lucky to get another opportunity with the company given the fact he entered on a three-fight losing streak, Di Chirico pulled off the biggest victory of his career and did so in shocking fashion. The 31-year-old Italian fired off one big high kick that clocked Buckley and put an immediate end to the proceedings. Di Chirico appears certain to earn a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his effort (later confirmed), and more importantly, his job is secure. It will be interesting to see if Di Chirico can follow this up with another strong effort his next time out.
Draws Joaquin Buckley on Yas Island
MiddleweightUFC
December 25, 2020
Di Chirico (12-5-0) is slated to face Joaquin Buckley (12-3-0) in a middleweight fight scheduled for Jan. 16 at the UFC's event on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Farah Hannoun and Nolan King of USA Today report.
ANALYSIS
The 26-year-old Di Chirico will attempt to right the ship on "Fight Island" after losing his third consecutive fight Aug. 29, when Zak Cummings defeated him via unanimous decision. He owns a 3-5-0 record overall since joining the UFC in April 2016.
Falls for third straight time
MiddleweightUFC
August 29, 2020
Di Chirico lost to Zak Cummings via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Di Chirico appeared to clearly win Round 1 before Cummings slowly regained the momentum over the course of the final ten minutes. Di Chirico's biggest issue was that he was unable to damage Cummings on the feet. Cummings has a reputation as one of the most durable men in the history of the sport, so the fact Di Chircio was unable to get a ton going in the striking exchanges between the two men wasn't much of a surprise. Di Chirico has more talent than his 3-5 career record with the UFC would lead you to believe, but this is a result-oriented business, and the Italian doesn't have a victory in well over two years.
Booked for late August
MiddleweightUFC
June 24, 2020
Di Chirico will take on Zak Cummings in a middleweight matchup August 29 at a yet-to-be-determined location, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Di Chirico was slated for a fight with Markus Perez last April in Portland, but that event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He'll now take on a fighter coming off a loss in Cummings, but also one who happens to be 8-5 with the company. Matchup-wise, Di Chirico has the edge in striking offense, while Cummings tends to get hit a bit less on average. Di Chirico has more than double the takedown average of Cummings, while also sporting a superior takedown defense mark of 83 percent. Di Chirico will be giving up one innch in reach, while both men stand at six feet.
Facing Perez in Portland
MiddleweightUFC
February 8, 2020
Di Chirico will face Markus Perez in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night on April 11 in Portland, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Di Chirico was expected to face Antonio Arroyo as a fill-in at UFC Sao Paolo in November, but he was never able to officially reach a deal. Di Chirico lost both his fights via unanimous decision in 2019, to Makhmud Muradov in September and Kevin Holland in June.