According to a BAMMA press release, Barnes has been going from strength to strength in recent times following an impressive onslaught against British champion Jack Marshman at BAMMA 8, which saw Barnes push the fight the full distance to a decision loss in Marshman’s favour.
Barnes went on to defeat the 22-12 UK legend, Matt Ewin, at BAMMA 9 after a late replacement saw Barnes suddenly up against the dramatically more experienced opponent. As his 10-9-0 record illustrates, Barnes has never been afraid to take any fight against any opponent from early on in his career, starting out at lightweight to find his feet eventually in the middleweight division.
His recent displays at BAMMA have demonstrated impressive development as a fighter and a mindful honing of skills and strengths with experience. From an exciting and dedicated athlete who always brings the fight and takes the risks, fans can always guarantee a tough and entertaining battle from Leeroy Barnes.
Barnes said: “I’m really looking forward to fighting on BAMMA 10. I think this show will mark a big step for MMA in the UK with the mainstream TV deal. I know the match-maker, Jude Samuel, has worked hard to find a top class opponent for me: Denniston is definitely that, having been a UK top ten mainstay for many years and coming off a dominant victory.
“I’m very happy with the fight and excited to yet again show the improvements I’ve made in the gym and how seriously I’m taking my career. Denniston is a tough well rounded fighter and I expect a tough test but I don’t believe he will be able to deal with my athleticism and skill at middleweight. I will win this fight but the real winners will be the fans.”
The vastly more experienced Denniston Sutherland (17-8-0) is another fighter with an interesting trajectory. First falling in love with MMA when he stumbled across it once on television many years ago in Jamaica, Sutherland didn’t come across the sport again until he relocated to the UK in his thirties.
Eventually finding his comfortable fight weight at middleweight, Sutherland debuted professionally against Neil Grove at heavyweight in 2007, demonstrating a continued and similar trait to Barnes in that he’s never backed down from a tough fight. Sutherland went on to face an army of UK talent to notch up an impressive array of wins by KO, TKO and submission and multiple UK titles.
“Hovering around the UK top 10 for a few years now and with losses against respectable fighters that include Tom Watson and Claudio Da Silva, Sutherland doesn’t show any sign of slowing down, and with his recent first round win against Brett Sizeland, Sutherland certainly remains a force to be reckoned with.
Sutherland said: “I’m really looking forward to this fight. I met Leeroy a few years ago when he was Lightweight, before Bisping fought Rashad and I went up there to train with him. I’m interested to see how much he’s changed since then. Physically he’s completely different but I don’t know if he’s technically any better. This is what I’m looking to find out.”
Also added to the BAMMA 10 card today: Tom Breese vs. Warren Kee and Sam Mensah vs. Mike Neun.
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