3 Sizzling Amateur Titles Added
Words by Murdo Todd
It wouldn’t be FCC without some of the UK’s best amateurs duking it out; as we continue our commitment to the amateur ranks, the lifeblood of MMA’s next generation.
On December 16, along with action from the professionals, FCC 36 will also be host to several high-level amateur title fights.
Kenny Whitworth Vs. Zak McGee
After successfully winning the Bantamweight title at FCC 35 last month, Kenny Whitworth is straight back to action and is set to defend his belt against Zak McGee.
Whitworth earned a hard-fought victory over Luke Burns last time out. Surviving an early knock-down, the Rochdale lad battled hard to get the judges nod in what was an entertaining contest. Whitworth will need to be switched on and be ready to use all his weapons again when he faces One MMA Academy’s McGee.
McGee will bring in a 6-3 record and will be competing in his third contest of the year. McGee last appeared on FCC back in September of 2022 in a losing effort against the now 2-0 pro Charlie Boulton; but now has a chance at gaining a valuable promotional title. The Manchester lad has shown finishing ability, including a well worked knockout over Will Branch earlier in March.
Macaulay Donnelly Vs. Matt Icrow
Another SBG Rochdale product will also be fighting for gold, as Macaulay Donnelly is set to defend his FCC Featherweight Title against Matt Ircow. Both guys will enter the contest as highly-regarded at the 145lb limit, and will have the opportunity to further boost their profile.
Donnelly is undefeated under the FCC banner at 3-0, and took home gold last time out when defeating the then 4-1 Jamie Cottier in April.
Icrow will enter the fight with a 7-3 record, and is also undefeated on FCC shows at 2-0. Fighting on FCC 34 in June, Icrow defeated the well-respected Brooklyn Thomas in a performance that was worthy of a title shot.
On paper, the pair are very evenly matched and the fight has all the makings to be a very entertaining clash.
Billy Adams Vs. Lewis Wood
In a fight for the FCC Lightweight Championship, Billy Adams and Lewis Wood will battle it out over five rounds.
Adams comes into the bout holding a record of 4-1, and has beaten good competition doing so. The Trident Martial Arts fighter also holds a 75% finish rate, with all of those coming in the first round.
As for Wood, four of his five wins have also come by finish, including a 43 second KO over the then undefeated James Thompson.
This is set to be a competitive contest that in all likelihood will not need a judge's decision. A win here for either lad would firmly cement their names in the UK and Ireland’s lightweight scene, and add yet another good name to their growing amateur resumes.