Tommy Coyle made his last walk into the cage this time last year, as he’s looking to get back to winning ways against Bartlomiej Krol this Saturday. He returns to the promotion where he found his first-ever finish with a classy reverse on the ground and then unleashed some vicious strikes on top of James Gough to find the TKO victory at Almighty Fight Night 1.
The moment the fight gets underway, Coyle works on harassing his opponent till he causes enough damage to earn himself a victory. He has eight wins, with 6 finishes in his amateur career. He’s bounced back from defeat on several occasions, and no matter the outcome you know you’ll see Coyle back fighting again.
Coyle has had his best luck in fellow British promotion Caged Steel, where he has five victories and no losses. The last time he found jubilation in the cage was a third-round TKO against Quaid Gayle at Caged Steel Contenders 2 in March 2020. He’ll be gunning for success in his return at Almighty FC 18 against an extremely tough opponent in Krol. The Polish fighter has seven wins and only two defeats on his amateur record.
I had the pleasure of speaking to the ruthless Tommy Coyle ahead of his clash on Saturday night.
Interview with Tommy Coyle
So, where did the love for MMA come from, with you not having your first amateur fight till 28 years of age?
Tommy Coyle – I was a late starter in MMA. I used to play football every week but fell out of love with it. I was going to the gym to keep in shape and my brother asked if I fancied going to do some MMA training. I watched UFC at the time and said nah not really, but I will give jiu-jitsu a go. Then things snowballed from there
You’re extremely experienced with 15 fights in the last five years, is becoming a professional coming close, or are you just seeing how the next fight goes first?
Tommy Coyle – Going pro is definitely something I want to do. Obviously, my priority is a good performance on Saturday. But having a go at the pro ranks is on the cards
It’s been over a year since you last competed, how have you dealt with life and training in the pandemic?
Tommy Coyle – Fortunately for me my brother kitted his garage out during lockdown so me and him have got plenty of rounds in. It’s been tough not being active as it’s held me back in my progress towards going pro but everyone’s had the same scenario to deal with.
Do you have an ideal way of winning a fight, with a mix of submissions and knockouts on your record?
Tommy Coyle – I’m more of a wrestler/brawler so my ideal way is just grinding down on my opponent and getting a TKO win but I will take a win however it comes as long as I perform well and its a justified result
You competed on Almighty Fight Night 1, the promotion’s fourth event and now you’re returning almost five years later. When did you find out about the upcoming fight and has it been tough to find a fight within the last year?
Tommy Coyle – I’ve had plenty of notice for this one, the most I’ve ever had so no excuses on fight night. Its been tough getting a fight but I was meant to fight on almighty at the back end of last year but restrictions meant that got canceled so thankfully Ray at Almighty made sure I got a match for this one.
Finally, what are your thoughts on your opponent Bart Krol, who’s proved to be a tough cookie so far in his career?
Tommy Coyle – Bart is a tough guy there’s no doubt about that and I’m looking forward to being tested by him. On paper I know I’m the underdog with him only losing 2 fights but I relish the task. Were are both hard-working guys in the cage and tough guys so I have no doubt this will be a fun entertaining fight.
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