Undefeated British MMA fighter Jack Marshman will defend his middleweight belt against Lee Barnes at BAMMA 8, set for Dec. 10, at the FM Capital Arena in Nottingham, England. The event will be televised on SyFy in the UK, HDNET in the US and The Fight Network in Canada.
Marshman won the BAMMA middleweight title in his last outing against Carl Noons, coming back from a brutal first round, and winning the fight in the third. The active British serviceman hopes to put on another impressive performance when he faces Lee Barnes at BAMMA 8.
“You go in, you got a little bit of nerves, but it’s cool,” Marshman said about his upcoming title defense. “It’s just another day at the office, you just have to go out there and have a fight. I’m feeling good about it; all that matters to me is the fight.”
At only 21 years old, Marshman has put together an impressive 9-0 record. Eight of his wins have come from some form of knockout, with one coming via submission. Marshman has already proven he can stand-and-bang, but his takedown defense hasn’t always been effective. With time, Marshman should be able to improve his wrestling and make himself a better-rounded MMA fighter.
“I went up to the Rough House in Nottingham and worked with some of them guys with real good wrestling,” he said. “I’m just trying to improve my game. I’m trying to make myself more versatile, not just a boxer that fights MMA.”
Jack’s improvements will certainly be tested by Barnes on Dec. 10. Seven of Barnes’ professional wins have come via submission, and he’s confident his grappling skills will help him dethrone the champion.
“I feel great,” Barnes said about his upcoming fight against Marshman. “Jack is a really good fighter, he’s really tough, but I think he’s untested in a lot of areas. I saw a lot of holes in his game, in the last couple of fights I watched. Although most of my wins come by submission, I like to box… I honestly think the fight will go the distance. I think I’ll probably win by decision. I think I can out work him; I’m a little bit more athletic than he is and a bit quicker. He’s quite a big stocky middleweight. I think it’s going to be a long drawn out fight. ”