Miami man turns life around through fighting professionally with Bare Knuckle Fighting

Jim Varsallone

Miami’s Uly Monster Diaz fights Brian Maxwell during the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 10 on Saturday at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

That bout will occur on the pay-per-view portion of the fight card on FITE TV.

Diaz has been training at South Beach Boxing with former UFC star Hector Lombard who headlines the event against David Mundell.

Part 1 of my video interview with Uly Monster Diaz at South Beach Boxing.

An inspiration, Diaz turned his life around after spending time in jail. An aggressor, a fighter in many ways in South Miami, he became a boxer, bare knuckle fighter and mixed martial artist, maturing as a competitor and more importantly as a person.

Diaz, 38, spent time at a few high schools in Miami but later earned a high school diploma in a program. During that time, he also graduated from the school of hard knocks.

Coming off a victory in his professional mixed martial arts debut, Uly, short for Ulysses, is a warrior in name, spirit and competition. He currently trains in boxing via the guidance of Commander Zero and Orlando Cuellar at South Beach Boxing in Miami Beach, not far from the legendary 5th Street Boxing Gym.

Part 2 of my video interview with Uly Monster Diaz at South Beach Boxing.

Some of his fighting role models include former Miami street fighter and current UFC bad ass Jorge Masvidal as well as the late, great Miami street fighter and Bellator MMA combatant Kimbo Slice. He worked on the security team for his childhood friend Mr. 305, Mr. Worldwide Pitbull.

Diaz sports many tattoos which have meaning, and Jhery Brown from 561 Loc Lounge does his cool dreadlocks.

Game Time Management provides Diaz’s calling card.

BKFC 10 is 8:15 p.m. Saturday at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

BKFC 10 pay-per-view begins 9 p.m. ET via FITE TV.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at

BKFC 10 pre-show is 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT streaming live and for free on FITE and the BKFC YouTube page.

BKFC 10” will be broadcast across the United States and Canada, exclusively on pay-per-view through MultiVision Media, Inc., on all major television distribution outlets for $29.99. It will also be available to BKFC’s international broadcast partners worldwide and via stream to all in-home and out-of-home connected devices through FITE.

About Bark Knuckle Fighting Championship

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) is the first promotion allowed to hold a legal, sanctioned, and regulated bare knuckle event in the United States since 1889. Based in Philadelphia, and headed by President and former professional boxer David Feldman, BKFC is dedicated to preserving the historical legacy of bare knuckle fighting, while utilizing a specifically created rule set which emphasizes fighter safety.

In BKFC, only those fighters who are established professionals in boxing, MMA, kickboxing, or Muay Thai will be allowed to compete.

The referees and judges will also be required to have extensive professional combat sports experience. All fights will be held under the auspices and control of an Athletic Commission which is a full member in good standing of the ABC (Association and Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports).


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