What’s 5’5”, 125 pounds and not to be messed with? How about the #1 ranked, bare knuckle fighter in the world, Las Vegas-based Christine Ferea? Affectionately known as the “Misfit” of the fighting world, Ferea is a force to be reckoned with in the growing field of women’s professional fighting.
How exactly does one get into bare knuckle fighting? Ferea has been fighting most of her life; from the streets of San Jose, California where she was born and raised, to the ring to competing in the Flyweight division of the Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC). Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine caught up with Ferea to find out.
She started fighting in her early childhood out of necessity and because it was the only way she could make sense of her emotions. She and her brother were raised by a single mother who found the strength to leave Ferea’s biological father who was an alcoholic. Ferea has been rising above her circumstances for a very long time.
But there have been bright spots along the way. Ferea’s stepfather would eventually become a grounding and positive influence for the fighter. “I credit my stepfather as being an important influence in my life,” she said. Ferea’s mother and stepfather worked hard to provide for their family, but the siblings learned to be independent early.