Almighty Fighting Championship 13 results round-up
The beauty of MMA is that you can never really know what to expect. Yes, you may have an idea or inkling of how things might pan out but all it takes is one punch, kick or submission attempt for your ideas to go straight out of the window. At an Almighty Fighting Championship show it’s safe to say that you can always expect the unexpected.
With an impressive twenty-four fights on a card that included seven professional fights, Almighty Fighting Championship 13 produced an astounding thirteen first-round finishes in what was a crazy evening of Mixed Martial Arts.
On the main card, we saw six of the seven professional fights all over within the first round with Jack Cartwright bringing a halt to proceedings with a comfortable victory over Damian Kieres in the main event. The SBG Manchester man now moves onto a professional record of 5-0 following his first round D’Arce choke win yesterday evening.
Prior to the main event the much-anticipated meeting between Liam Gittins and Elliot Hoye didn’t disappoint. The flyweight match-up saw both fighters coming into the cage with unbeaten records, but it was Gittins who continued his unbeaten run. With just one second remaining in the first round, the referee waved the fight off declaring Gittens the winner with a TKO due to strikes. Both fighters have a bright future ahead of them and Hoye will no doubt bounce back from this set back.
The big talking point on the main card however was the unfortunate ending to the bantamweight clash between Darren Castleton and Craig Skelton. With an intriguing contest playing out, a bloodied Skelton landed an illegal kick in the second round which, after a lengthy break while medics tended to a seemingly concussed Castleton, resulted in the referee having no choice but to disqualify a repentant Skelton. With absolutely no malice in the kick, mutual respect was evident between the two fighters with Castleton declaring after the fight that he didn’t except the win due to the nature of the finish.
Following teammates Justin Burlinson, Kieran Lister and Luke Westwood into the professional ranks, Dungeon MMA heavyweight Mick Parkin had a short night’s work on his professional debut. With just 18 seconds on the clock, referee Neil Hall brought the fight to an end with Vaicickas grounded, facedown and unable to respond to the blows raining down on him from Parkin.
Elsewhere on the main card we saw professional debut wins for Syzmon Broncel, who scored an impressive 28 second KO win over Grant Gaunt, and Chris Green who beat Marc Halford by TKO due to strikes. George Smith moved onto 2-1 as a pro after his first-round D’Arce choke victory after 32 seconds against Norwegian middleweight, Henrik Lie.
On the preliminary card, we saw seventeen amateur fights take place with all but four finishing by the second round, at the latest. Stand out performances on an amateur card that was a credit to the sport, included a first-round rear naked choke win for George Staines over Bronson Price which despite only lasting 2:10 could well be in with a shout for fight of the night. Martin Hutchinson needed just 10 seconds of his MMA debut to see off fellow debutant James Hunton in a catchweight bout at 75kg. Flooring Hunton with a big right hand, in what was the first punch thrown, the referee jumped in after a series of unanswered blows.
Another catchweight clash that produced plenty of talking points was the 59kg meeting between Owen Kew and debutant Ali Sohaiki. Incredibly, Sohaiki saw out the first-round after being caught with a big right hand that had the Aspire man struggling to stay on his feet. Fighting purely on instinct, Sohaiki was swinging back and managed to see out the first. However, at the 2:43 mark of the second-round, it was all over as Kew had to draw the referee’s attention to the fact that his opponent was out after he sunk in a guillotine that choked out Sohaiki.
A notable mention also has to be made to Tom Maloney who beat Carrick Evans by TKO (strikes) at 1:52 of the second-round in the opening fight of the evening. With both fighters making their debuts, it was SBG Manchester’s Maloney who came out on top with a very dominant performance against a durable Evans. With a chin made of granite, Evans saw out the first round in which many would have crumbled. Whether it was youthful exuberance or shear adrenaline that saw him through, there was nothing that could be done by Evans in the second-round when the referee stopped the fight due to strikes and declaring Maloney the winner by TKO.
Almighty Fighting Championship 13 produced a first-class evening of MMA for those in attendance as every fight on the card showcased why AFC has an excellent reputation within the UK MMA scene, and with AFC 14 and 15 confirmed for York and Liverpool in November, the promotion is only going from strength to strength.
Main Card (professional)
Fight 24 Result: Jack Cartwright beat Damian Kieres by submission (darce choke) at 2:13 of Round 1
Fight 23 Result: Liam Gittins beat Elliott Hoye by TKO (strikes) at 4:59 of Round 1
Fight 22 Result: George Smith beat Henrik Lie by submission (darce choke) at 0:32 of Round 1
Fight 21 Result: Mick Parkin beat Tomas Vaicickas by TKO (strikes) at 0:18 of Round 1
Fight 20 Result: Darren Castleton wins as Craig Skelton is disqualified for an illegal kick in the second round.
Fight 19 Result: Chris Green beat Marc Halford by TKO (strikes) at 1:34 of Round 1
Fight 18 Result: Szymon Broncel beat Grant Gaunt by KO at 0:28 seconds of Round 1
Fight 17 Result: George Staines beat Bronson Price by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:10 of Round 1
Fight 16 Result: Kye Stevens beat Krystian Kurzydlak by TKO (strikes) at 1:29 of Round 1
Fight 15 Result: Mike Thompson beat Bartek Kepczyk by TKO (strikes) at 0:23 of Round 1
Fight 14 Result: Charlotte Cooper beat Lesley Hailey by unanimous decision.
Fight 13 Result: Aaron Givens beat Lucas France by split decision.
Fight 12 Result: Owen Kew beat Ali Sohaiki by submission (guillotine) at 2:43 of Round 2
Fight 11 Result: Martin Hutchinson beat James Hunton by TKO (strikes) 0:10 at of Round 1
Fight 10 Result: Matthew Straume beat Elliot McGibbon by unanimous decision.
Fight 9 Result: Joe Ambler beat Myles Spencer by submission at 1:04 of Round 1
Fight 8 Result: Charlie Riccard beat Michael Heyes by TKO (strikes) at 0:12 of Round 2
Fight 7 Result: Conrad Walters beat Karl Dean by TKO (strikes) at 1:03 of Round 2
Fight 6 Result: Luke Penberthy beat Ian Moogan by submission (armbar) at 1:02 of Round 1
Fight 5 Result: David Wilkinson beat Phil Bills by submission (mounted guillotine) at 1:18 of Round 2
Fight 4 Result: David Fox beat Dan Neve by unanimous decision.
Fight 3 Result: Luke Burns beat Daniel Bainbridge by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:47 of Round 2
Fight 2 Result: Miles Emrys beat Jason Roberts by submission (guillotine) at 0:30 of Round 1
Fight 1 Result: Tom Maloney beat Carrick Evans TKO (strikes) at 1:52 of Round 2