Romford fighter sizes up rival

PUBLISHED: 08:45 13 July 2012

Romford MMA's Brett Sizeland

Romford MMA's Brett Sizeland


Sizeland preparing for Cage Warriors show

Romford MMA Clinic’s Brett Sizeland is hoping to take another step towards a title fight next weekend.

Middleweight Sizeland, 31, takes on Denniston Sutherland at the Cage Warriors 48 show at the HMV Forum, looking to improve on a 6-1-0 record.

And he is confident of adding to his recent stoppages of Craig White, Brett Bassett and Victor Peixoto.

He said: “Things have been really good. I’ve been enjoying the Cage Warriors shows and I’ve had some good wins recently.

“I’m pushing onwards and upwards, hoping to climb the ladder and the rankings.

“The end goal is to get in line for a title shot in a years time or so. It’s got to be.

“Sutherland is a very tough competitor, very durable, and has been around a long time. He was ranked in the top 12, so it will be good if I can win.

“I’ll be fit enough for three rounds, but I don’t think it will go that long.”

Sizeland’s only oss to date came at the hands of top UK-ranked fighter Tony Machado in February 2011.

But he is being tipped to make a big impact on his division in the next 12 months and has been working hard on his all round technique.

He added: “I’ve been working with my team to get a game plan. I’m more focused on wrestling, the ground and pound style, but I’ve been working on my striking recently so you could see a different side to me.

“I might be on my feet a bit more, punching and kicking. I’ve not had much of a chance to show them off so far.”

Sizeland has been based at the Romford MMA Clinic for a few years now and trains six days a week, for a couple of hours each time.

And he has seen an increase in numbers as the sport’s popularity has grown.

He added: “I train there all the time and teach there as well. Martial arts is getting really popular, the beginners classes especially.

“The classes are well run and welcoming, you can get on board and get involved. We’re seeing more women too, they enjoy the kickboxing.”

As for his own preparations for the Sutherland fight, Sizeland has been trying to cover as many bases as possible in readiness for battle.

He said: “Training has been going really well. There’s always something, it varies in intensity.

“It might be boxing one night, thai boxing, MMA, Ju Jitsu. They’re such varied sports and there’s a lot to get through.

“I’ve had no injuries or any real problems, but it will be tough for both of us.”

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