It has been a tough two years for Rob Sinclair, but the UK lightweight is finally getting things in order after overcoming a career threatening injury. Sinclair suffered a dislocated knee just after signing with Bellator in 2013, which put his debut on hold.
It was a “snowball effect” of bad news for Sinclair, who had earned the reputation as the top lightweight in U.K. MMA after winning the BAMMA lightweight title.
Just as he made the move to America, he picked up the injury and with no money coming in and unable to work in his day job, Sinclair struggled to feed his young family, which included a new baby.
Coupled with the death of close family members and the fact he was told he may not even walk again, it was a challenging time for the then 33-year-old. Rather than be overwrought by it all, Sinclair dealt with each problem one at a time.
“I had a massive mental battle, as well as physical battle,” said Sinclair. “I just tried to break everything down and say ‘let’s not look at it as a mountain, but a series of small hills and deal with it one thing at a time’.
“Fortunately, I am mentally pretty strong. I have come full circle and I am in a good place.”
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Sinclair is now back and fighting fit. He will make his long awaited return to BAMMA on June 13, where he faces sharp American Michael Brightmon in a lightweight showdown.
In the time away from the sport, U.K. MMA has had a massive growth spurt with BAMMA very much at the forefront, according Sinclair.
“They set off as a small show, then they managed to get a TV deal and they set up bigger. They had a bit of a setback and now they are back.
“They persevered where a lot of companies would have folded. They have had some big shows recently and it is great. They are just going to get bigger and bigger and now fighters can showcase their skills on a terrestrial channel on TV.”
On his own current association BAMMA, Sinclair added, “At the moment, I am only taking one fight at a time. I saw how much this sport can impact your body, your personal life, and things like that. Any one fight could be your last fight.
“I always treat it as my last one. It probably won’t be my last one. If I feel comfortable with BAMMA and I am happy there, who knows?”
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