Prospect in the Spotlight (June 4-5): Patrik Kincl

Introduction

Saturday, June 5th, Czech middleweight prospect Patrik Kincl will be in action for KSW, where he will be looking to continue his winning ways against veterean Tomasz Romanowski. He will be looking for another win, as Kincl looks to score another win en route to an eventual KSW title shot. He represents All Sports Academy, an unknown camp in MMA. Let’s take a closer look at this prospect as this week’s “Prospect Spotlight.”

Strengths

Kickboxing: Kincl’s striking is very fun to watch, as he combines technical prowess with impressive power. Kincl moves very well on his feet, cutting angles and hunting down his opponents. He mixes up his strikes well, throwing good combinations with his hands and throwing chopping kicks. He can also be devastating in the clinch, as when he ties up with an opponent, he lands hellish strikes, including devastating knees. Most of his wins come by knockout. He combines all of the elements of his striking together well and it shows in the cage, as he is a dangerous adversary for anybody.

Strength of Schedule/Experience: One thing that can be said by Kincl is that he has been forged by fire. He has faced many experienced and credible fighters on his path. His losses come to guys like Karlos Vemola, Albert Duraev and Alexander Shlemenko. On the positive side, he has scored impressive wins over the likes of current UFC fighter Sergey Khandozkho, UFC vet Tomasz Drwal and once-top prospect Mattia Schiavolin. One of the reasons Kincl has become such a formidable fighter is that he has not taken an easy route to the big leagues. That is something to hang his hat on.

Needs Improvement

Counter Wrestling: Kincl has solid wrestling ability, but when he’s faced opponents who are above average wrestlers, Kincl has faced some adversity. In his last loss to the aforementioned Vemola, he was outwrestled by the UFC veteran, who relied heavily on closing the distance and grounding the dangerous Kincl. Some of his other losses have come in the same fashion. Kincl has not lost since 2018 and has since improved that counter wrestling, but he hasn’t faced a wrestler of Vemola’s magnitude since that 2018 blemish.

Outlook

KSW Title Contender/Major Midcarder: KSW is a great MMA promotion with a lot of talent. With that in mind, I can still see Kincl as a title challenger at some point. He’s not far off from a title shot with a win over Romanowski, especially in impressive fashion. His first-round knockout of Drwal in his promotional debut certainly turned heads. Drwal is a longtime veteran who is known for his toughness. Kincl’s bid for a KSW title will be tough. Either way, at some point in his career, I’d like to see the 31-year-old Czech fighter in a major promotion like the UFC. I think he could add some value and bring some fun fights to the promotion.

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