A breakdown of Fight Network’s live presentation of BAMMA 10: Winner vs. Sinclair from the Wembley Arena in London, U.K.
Catch the live broadcast at 4 p.m. ET only on Fight Network in Canada.
In the main event, Team Kaobon representative Rob “C-4” Sinclair looks to defend his BAMMA lightweight title for the third time when he meets six-time UFC veteran Andre Winner.
Sinclair makes his fourth appearance under the BAMMA banner after capturing the company’s vacant lightweight title back in February 2010. A six-year veteran of the sport, Sinclair is a natural finisher, having knocked out his opponent in nine of his 11 wins. At 32 years of age, the time for Sinclair to break out of the British regional is now and a win over a highly touted opponent like Winner would do just that.
Winner, a veteran of season nine of the Ultimate Fighter, was released from the world’s leading MMA promotion after a trio of losses to Nik Lentz, Dennis Siver and Anthony Njokuani last year. Since then, the Team Rough House fighter has gone 2-0 with a couple of decision wins. A muay thai specialist, Winner has been to decision 15 times in his 21-fight career and has never been knocked out.
Prediction: Sinclair has been a knockout machine his entire career and has relied heavily on that ability in fights. Against Winner though, he won’t be able to find his range and touch his chin the way he’s used to when fighting sub-par competition. Winner has the big show experience and trains alongside guys like Dan Hardy and Paul Daley, who no doubt have him prepared to bring home the BAMMA title Saturday.
Pick: Andre Winner via Unanimous Decision
In a fight between two of England’s top 10 middleweights, British champ Jack “The Hammer” Marshman meets submission ace Andrew Punshon.
Marshman had his 10-fight win streak snapped in March when he was soundly beaten by recent UFC signee Tom “Kong” Watson. Previous to that, the former army boxing champion had been on a roll, finishing nine of his 10 opponents, including five in the first round. However, Marshman does have a problem with the ground game. Although he has only tasted defeat once in his young career, he has been taken down multiple times and outgrappled by opponents before landing one of his famous knockout blows.
Punshon, an eight-year veteran of the sport, enters this contest fresh off a 21-second submission victory in May. In fact, most of his wins have come within the first few minutes of a fight, as he’s finished 10 of his 11 opponents inside of the first round. Despite being a submission fighter, four of his five losses have also come by tapout, showing a lack of submission defense.
Prediction: Punshon has shown an ability to strike throughout his career, having knocked out two opponents in a combined nine seconds. Still, it would be hard to imagine him attempting to strike with a standup fighter the caliber of Marshman. If he’s wise, he will no doubt look to take the fight down immediately, but even then, it’s not going to be a good time for him Saturday.
Pick: Jack Marshman via TKO
UFC veteran and Wolfslair fighter Curt Warburton returns to the cage for the third time this year when he takes on Sure Grip Vale Tudo representative Lee Wieczorek.
Warburton enters this fight on the strengths of a three-fight win streak most notably submitting Polish standout Artur Sowinski in February. In 13 pro fights, the Englishman has been to decision just four times and holds notable victories over WEC and UFC vet Maciej Jewtuszko and current Ultimate Fighter coach Ross Pearson, whom Warburton knocked out in 2007.
Wieczorek, the current Ultimate Warrior Challenge lightweight champ, is currently in the midst of a career- best six-fight win streak and has not lost a fight in over three years. A six-year veteran of the sport, Wieczorek has shown major improvements in his standup game, while also working on his submissions, having finished two of his last five opponents by north-south choke.
Prediction: Wieczorek is by no means a slouch when it comes to fighting, but he’s never faced the level of competition that he’ll face in Warburton. In fact, his last three opponents combine for a 17-29 record. Warburton hasn’t looked as impressive as he was thought to be, but against guys like Spencer Fisher and Joe Lauzon, it’s hard to look good. All of that aside, Warburton is the better fighter and will use his submission game to end this fight within the distance.
Pick: Curt Warburton via Submission
In a middleweight contest, journeyman fighter Lee Barnes meets knockout machine Denniston “Mad Max” Sutherland.
Barnes started off his pro career poorly, going 3-6-1 in his first 10 fights, but has managed to right the ship since then. A representative of the famed Wolfslair Academy, Barnes makes his third appearance under the BAMMA banner, having lost to highly touted Jack Marshman last December before pulling off a stunning upset of former Cage Rage champ Matt Ewin last year.
Sutherland made his MMA debut in 2007 against 6-foot-6 heavyweight giant Neil Grove. Despite losing that fight, the Jamaican-born Sutherland would go on to post an impressive 11-1 record before dropping a close decision to British standout Tom Watson. Since then, the former UCMMA champ has struggled with consistency, going 6-5.
Prediction: Both men have faced their share of ups and downs throughout their careers, which makes this fight a bit of a tossup. Sutherland has faced stiffer competition as a pro and despite having mixed results; he should be able to handle a fighter the caliber of Barnes.
Pick: Denniston Sutherland via KO