RUTHLESS Rob Sinclair proved he is still king of the cage after a stunning knockout in defence of his BAMMA lightweight crown.
The big-hitting Burnley native dropped rival Diego Vital with a devastating uppercut in the third round to retain his title at BAMMA 7 on Saturday night.
Sinclair, who remains undefeated in BAMMA, was due to face off with jiu jitsu expert Leonardo Santos but the Brazilian dropped out and Vital stepped in with barely 24 hours notice.
Before the fight, “C-4” Sinclair promised an explosive display of punching power and the thousands of fans packed into Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena will not have been disappointed.
The 31-year-old, who appeared ringside in the famous Claret and Blue shirt of Burnley, put in a commanding performance despite struggling in the opening round against the brave challenge of late-comer Vital.
But the Team Kaobon and Predators Gym fighter battled through and unleashed a brutal uppercut on the tiring Vital that sent him crashing to the canvas in the third.
Vital tried to scramble to his feet, but Sinclair rained down a right hand to finish the fight by knock-out on the three minute mark.
Sinclair sees his impressive record move up to 11-2 in the lightweight division while Diego Vital slumps to 6-2.