Mobile casino giants Fruity King have signed up rising Mixed Martial Arts star Tim Barnett on a lucrative sponsorship deal.
The likes of Anderson “The Spider” Silva, “The Notorious” Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo have been the biggest names of MMA for a number of years now but exciting new talents in the sport are emerging in recent times and England’s Tim Barnett is certainly one to look out for in the foreseeable future.
Barnett is a promising mixed martial artist fighting out of the MMA Academy in Liverpool under illustrious head coaches such as UFC veteran Jason Tan and former European Thai Boxing champion Peter Davies.
Born in Wallasey, Merseyside in 1990, Barnett is a towering figure at 6 feet 2 inches and he made his professional MMA debut against Tyler Thomas in February, 2016 – winning the bout via Technical Knock Out.
Since the impressive debut, Barnett has gone on from strength to strength and currently boasts a 5 fight unbeaten streak in his professional career so far, with 5 first round finishes (4KO/TKO and 1 submission).
Among his victories, the one which he will surely cherish the most is the triumph over Rhys “Skeletor” McKee in February, 2017 – almost exactly a year after his first professional fight, as he claimed the BAMMA Lonsdale Lightweight title on the day against all odds.
What made his achievement all the more impressive is the fact that Tim accepted the challenge on just a week’s notice and flew out to Belfast to take on the dangerous as well as highly reputed McKee. Having fought on Tanko only a week earlier, Barnett had the odds stacked against him ahead of the battle with McKee, who was competing on home soil in front of his partisan fans.
Despite being a huge underdog in the fight though, Barnett kept up his finishing routine and impressively took McKee out in the first round with 2 seconds left on the clock after landing some brutal knees.
McKee was 5-0-0 going into the fight with 5 stoppages and Barnett proved just how talented he was during the encounter by claiming the win, which certainly helped the Englishman see his career take off.
During his last outing, the 27-year-old defended his 155lb Lonsdale Title against the expert grappler Mario “Rude Boy” Saeed.
Whilst Saeed came on strong early, initiating the grappling exchange, Barnett was able to reverse and get on top by landing some devastating ground and pound, eventually walking away with the KO victory in the 1st round to successfully defend his title for the first time.
In addition to his talents inside the octagon, Barnett is a keen advocate of health and nutrition and is a full plant based diet athlete, swearing his success to the type of diet he follows. He spreads positivity and health on his social media in order to try and inspire others on their journey.
Not one to just adhere to standard norms, Barnett is a romantic and states that “everyone should follow their dreams instead of just accepting the 9-5 lifestyle”.
You can follow Tim’s journey on Instagram – @timbobbarnett
|Height||6 ft 2 inches|
|Weight Class||155lbs Lightweight|
|Birthplace||Wallasey, United Kingdom|
|Title||Current Defending Bamma Lonsdale Lightweight Champion|
|Last fight||Bamma 29 Genting Arena Birmingham|
He is currently signed to Europe’s leading MMA promotion BAMMA and his next fight will be on November 10th in Dublin Ireland, against Richie Smullen.
Smullen is another up and coming fighter who also made a mark against then Lonsdale Champion Rhys ‘Skeletor’ McKee at BAMMA 30 to come away with a draw in what was an epic ‘fight of the year’ contender and he will surely prove to be a tough challenger for Barnett later this year.
Nevertheless, Barnett is a fighter who rises to the occasion when the stakes are high and he can further enhance his ever growing reputation by defending the BAMMA Lonsdale Lightweight title with victory over Smullen in Dublin.
Having achieved so much already in his brief career so far, Barnett has now earned a lucrative sponsorship deal with Mobile casino giants Fruity King and this is undoubtedly just rewards for all the hard work and sacrifices the 27-year-old has made to get to such a stage of his career.
A spokesperson for Fruity King said, “We are delighted with the sponsorship deal with Tim Barnett. With MMA gaining huge popularity across the globe, partnering with one of the UK’s fastest rising young talents in the sport is an exciting move for the brand.”