Rob Sinclair believes he is still destined to become Bellator champion despite suffering a crushing blow ahead of his debut.
The 33-year-old former BAMMA World lightweight champion was reluctantly forced to pull the plug on his quarter-final match-up with Rich Clementi following an injury sustained sparring at the Fitness Factory gym in Burnley.
At first specialists believed the extent of the injury threatened the future of Sinclair’s career, but the MMA star is determined to bounce back and become champion.
Sinclair, who was scheduled to be the main event at Portland’s Rose Garden on September 27th, said: “I was just training, readying myself for the Clementi fight, and I got a bad injury. It was just one of those freak accidents. Experts first thought my career was over but I’m seeing specialists at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport now.
“I’m not going to let this beat me. I’m going to win that tournament one day. All my preparations were going perfectly so I’m gutted. I’m aiming to get back next summer.
“I came back from an achilles injury after just five months so I’ll be back from this. I firmly believe I’m destined to become the Bellator champion.
“I’ll be back from this,” said Sinclair. “They’ve said they’d wait for me which is great.”