A late bloomer
Author of a dazzling K-O in January at HEXAGONE MMA 6, Dean Garnett will be back in the cage on June 3rd, aiming to take the organization’s featherweight belt. This marks a particularly symbolic challenge for the British talent.
As soon as he arrived on HEXAGONE MMA’s roster, at the beginning of 2023, Dean Garnett clearly stated his ambition: “to take the HEXAGONE MMA belt”. This is something that the Englishman wishes and aspires to. He will try to win the world featherweight title on June 3rd in Béziers, against the Argentine Lucas Corbage. This opportunity is beyond significant for the native of Liverpool after five years of competitive inactivity. Stronger than ever, he placed a lightning K-O just a few seconds after his comeback fight started in the cage of the Zenith of Paris on January 22nd, proving his talent is still there. At 34, the former British prospect is now a validated fighter whose rise seems inevitable. Because in the case of Dean Garnett, competitive inactivity does not equate with sporting inactivity. Indeed, over the past five years, he has not stopped training hard to refine his game, while developing the Aspire Combat Sport Academy, the gym he owns in his hometown.
“When you make other people work, you also work yourself”
Dean Garnett is not only a talented athlete. He’s also a renowned coach who has helped several young fighters in the country rise to prominence. Chief among them is Muhammad Mokaev, currently ranked in the top 15 in his weight class in the UFC. “I think we have the best amateur team in England right now, but also a lot of high-level professionals. The beauty of coaching is that even when you’re working with others, you’re working yourself. I’m constantly with great fighters and I’m a much better fighter myself than I was before.”
In addition to his sharp striking, which he recently demonstrated, the “scouser” is also formidable on the ground, as evidenced by the jiu-jitsu black belt he is set to receive very soon. “While I was away, I gained a lot of wisdom and knowledge. I have four or five years left at the highest level and I intend to make the most of it.” His opponents have been warned.