Almighty Fighting Championship kick off their frantic 2022 schedule on 22nd January, one week from today.
The Rainton Arena in Houghton Le Springs hosts Almighty FC 22, with promoter Ray Thompson putting together a sensational seventeen bout fight card to hit the ground running ahead of the eleven scheduled shows that will follow throughout 2022.
Almighty FC is known for well-matched fights featuring the country’s brightest prospects, and January 22nd will be no different. Let’s look at the fighters we should be paying close attention to on the night.
Almighty Fighting Championship Ones to Watch
Liam McCracken makes his highly anticipated professional debut this Saturday at Almighty FC after cruising through the amateur circuit with a record off (8-3).
The twenty-year-old fighting out of Aspire Combat Sports in Liverpool has been out of action since 2020 due to ongoing health issues. However has now allowed his body to recover and is ready to begin a monumental stage in his career, his professional debut.
McCracken is highly touted to be one of the rising prospects to come out of the United Kingdom, so it’ll be a delight to see him back doing what he does best.
Before the break of inactivity, McCracken secured the UKFC featherweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Corey Fry at UKFC 12. The Englishmen followed that victory up with his first title defence defeating Nikola Ivanovic UKFC 13 by unanimous decision. The return of McCracken has left UK fans excited to see how much he’s matured as a fighter in his time away.
Nineteen-year-old Sami Hoque has been on a mission since starting his journey as an amateur, and he doesn’t tend on slowing down.
Sami Hoque made his amateur debut in 2018, since then, has accumulated five straight victories, with three stoppages and no defeats. Hoque brings a relentless pace to the Octagon that his opponents struggle to match. However, he meets his toughest test to date in Luke Richardson, a frightening finisher who remains undefeated thus far.
Last year was Hoque’s most successful year to date, with two wins under his belt. One was a relentless ground and pound finish over Robert Ionescu at Caged Steel 26, followed up in September with a convincing decision victory over Harvey Roberts at Almighty FC 20.
The featherweight matchup between Hoque and Richardson is more than likely a number one contender fight to gain the opportunity to compete for the Almighty FC featherweight championship.
Luke Richardson is no stranger to Almighty Fighting Championship, with all four of his amateur contests being with the show.
Richardson began his MMA journey in late 2019 with a round three submission over Charlie Hodson. Following that up with victories over Lee Quinn, CJ Ward and more recently, Connor Tedham.
Previously “The Pup” has showcased he’s comfortable in every department, with slick submissions and power to hurt his opponents. Only CJ Ward was able to take Richardson the distance. His other opponents were unsuccessful in staying in there.
The scheduled contest with Sami Hoque has Almighty FC fans intrigued. Someone’s squeaky clean record has to go.
Jack Comby certainly deserves a spot on the list due to his body of work from the the beginning of his amateur career to his professional debut.
The Lodge Spennymoor fighter left the amateur circuit behind him after a notable (5-1-1 record), with three of those wins being first-round stoppages. Comby then turned to the professional ranks in 2019 in a boxing bout where he stopped Ashley Gibson within three rounds at Caged Steel 24.
The English native then made his professional MMA debut at Caged Steel 26 and added another round-one finish to his collection, stopping Ben Schneider within thirty seconds.
Jack Comby is a deadly power puncher but makes the drop-down to 84kg at Almighty FC 22, asking whether the power will still be as destructive against Lithuania’s Mantas Kondratavicius.
Adam Todd has only competed once before, and that was in the Almighty FC cage in September of 2021. Despite the one fight, he is somebody you want to keep your eyes on.
Todd’s amateur debut at Almighty FC 20 couldn’t have been cleaner. In under a minute, the debutant dispatched of his opponent Maciej Marszałek with a vicious knee down the middle, followed by nasty ground and pound shots. Todd showcased his strong takedown defence and scrambled back to his feet with ease when needed. You can’t take much from one minute of one fight, but enough to make you want to watch Adam Todd again.
The question is, can Adam Todd successfully defeat a more experienced opponent again in Koyar Kurdy. January 22nd, we find out.
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