Burnley’s BAMMA champ Rob ‘C4’ Sinclair signs for Bellator

Rob Sinclair in action against Andre Winner at Wembley in September
Rob Sinclair in action against Andre Winner at Wembley in September

BAMMA’S undisputed World lightweight champion Rob Sinclair has hit the jackpot after signing a contract to join Bellator’s talented pool of fighters.

The 33-year-old, known as C4, was snapped up alongside fellow Englishmen Paul Sass and training partner Martin Stapleton following Talent Development Director Zach Light’s scouting expedition.

Sinclair will continue to train on these shores at Burnley’s Fitness Factory and Manchester’s Predators MMA before being shipped across the Atlantic to make his debut in America in September.

That inaugural appearance in Season Nine of Bellator, the largest tournament-based MMA organisation in the world, will mark the anniversary of his fourth title defence with BAMMA where he beat UFC veteran Andre Winner via split decision at Wembley Arena.

But now he’ll have to adjust to the role reversal as he bids to climb the ladder in the States. After being the champion for so long in Britain, he’ll have to win the eight-man tournament in California to earn a shot at champion Michael Chandler.

Sinclair said: “This is a big deal, it’s a massive opportunity, but I’m determined to put Burnley on the map by becoming Bellator’s champion. I’ve achieved all my goals in life and this is next on the list.”