Kai Holmes heads into his Almighty Fighting Championship 26 bout with Jake Robinson filled with confidence and is anticipating a quick finish.
The Lodge MMA fighter will be one of many making the walk-in Houghton le Spring on June 25th. Holmes (1-0), will be looking to build on what was a pitch-perfect professional debut on Caged Steel 26 when stopping Brad Evans in round one.
Almighty FC 26 is headlined by flyweight champion Shaj Haque and challenger Elliot Hoye. A fight worthy of the ticket money alone, which will be sure to deliver.
We had the opportunity to catch up with a confident Kai Holmes before making the walk next weekend. Read the full exclusive interview below.
Interview With Kai Holmes
It’s been a while since we’ve last seen you in action. How is your mind and body feeling ahead of June 25th?
Yeah, I had a few injury’s/health problems as of late like the beginning of this year but now I’m back 100% physically and mentally, and I’ve just levelled up so much and can’t wait to show it on fight night.
I know you didn’t anticipate being out this long with two of your scheduled bouts being cancelled at the start of the year. Has it been somewhat frustrating for you, and how excited are you to get in there and showcase the new skills you’ve picked up inside the gym?
It’s been frustrating just because I’m someone who likes to stay active and fight regularly. I’m always in the gym and constantly improving my game. Yeah, I’m excited to get back in there and have an active second half of this year.
Kai Holmes Talks Pro-debut
Let’s touch on your professional debut. A round one victory against Brad Evans. Did everything go as smooth as you expected, and did anything feel different in preparation or the fight itself?
Everything went as planned in that fight. The camp was smooth, with no injuries. I went in fresh we brought a nutritionist in for that camp also for the first time, who I’m still working with now, and he has me feeling great, so I’ve definitely felt the benefit from that side of the game.
I ask everyone the question I had never spoken with before on how they got started in MMA and their earliest memory of the sport. How did you get started, and what’s your earliest memory of the sport?
I got started when I was 12, but I was playing football and stuff at the same time, just bouncing around different things, but when I had my first fight, I was like 15, and from then, I knew that’s all I wanted to do, and it’s all I’ve done ever since.
I see in preparation for your fight with Jake Robinson. You got some rounds in at ACE MMA and with the current Almighty FC flyweight champion Shaj Haque. How much did you take away from that session, and what that gym are doing at the minute?
We go down to ACE MMA every week for sparring, and we help each other and make each other better it wasn’t just one session. We train with the guys down there every week. All really high-level guys and all the lads down there has been a big part of my camp.
Your opponent Jake has the mirrored record as yourself of (1-0) and made his debut at the beginning of the year, making very short work of his opponent. Have you had the chance to watch his one fight? If so, can you even take anything from that?
Yeah, I’ve seen it. There really isn’t much you can take from it. I just know there are levels to this game, and I’m so many above him, and I’ll show that on fight night.
Lastly, can we get an official fight prediction? How does Kai Holmes get it done at Almighty FC 26?
I’m confident in every area. I’ll be looking for a finish from bell to the bell, but I believe it will be done early. I think I’ll knock him out.
Featured image credits to Caged Steel