BAMMA Lightweight champion Rob Sinclair is vying to become The Ultimate Fighter.
The Burnley mixed martial artist, and former Cage Gladiators Lightweight title holder, has been showcasing his devastating ability at trials in Las Vegas with the hope of being drafted on to the 15th series of the American reality show.
Inclusion would be a career defining and life-changing moment for Sinclair who successfully defended his World Lightweight championship via KO in the third round against Diego Vital in Birmingham.
“It went well. We did a bit of sight seeing and then went for the trials. There were hundreds of competitors at the venue so there was plenty of egos and testosterone flying around.
“We grappled in groups of 40 and if you impressed they put you through. The next stage was pad work and I made it all the way through to the interview stage. It went okay but it was quite testing because they were quite critical and abusive. Obviously it’s America so they were looking for personalities and testing peoples’ reactions.”
The show, produced by Spike TV and the Ultimate Fighting Championship, features unknown, professional fighters living together in the US state of Nevada, and follows them as they train and compete against each other for a prized contract with the UFC. It has also unearthed many esteemed fighters including series two Heavyweight champion and former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Rashad Evans as well as Ribble Valley The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight tournament winner Michael Bisping.
Now Sinclair, who once defeated reigning M-1 Global Lightweight champion Daniel Weichel via TKO in just four minutes, is determined to join the elite.
“Now I’ve just got to play the waiting game,” he said. “I was told to expect a phone call in the next two-and-a-half weeks to find out whether I get a call back. The show starts on March 1st and if I get on the show I’ll be out there for three-and-a-half months.
“I work full-time and train as much as possible around that. I’ve managed to beat nearly everyone put in front of me. I’ve beaten the current European number one in four minutes and he didn’t even land a shot on me.”
Sinclair added: “If I get on it’s massive. All the fights are going to be shown live this time and it’s aired on Fox so it’s going to be huge. I just need that one chance, that one bit of luck. It would change my career and my whole life.”
The 31-year-old, who boasts a professional record of 11 wins from 13 bouts, wanted to thank Glen Slater for his continued support and sponsorship, family and friends, and employers British Gas.