I needed to brave some fears
After more than three years of inactivity, Tim Barnett will return to the cage on June 17, during HEXAGONE MMA 9 in a return that feel natural for this MMA purist.
When discussing himself, Tim Barnett alternates between multiple evocations of his “personal quest” and those, no less frequently of a need to “rise”. Because the 33-year-old Briton defines himself above all as a martial artist, obsessed with the concepts of learning, progression and spirituality.
“Training in different combat sports has given me a lot at different stages of my life. It has allowed me to develop physically, but especially mentally,” he explains simply.
Indeed, between his debut in boxing, at the age of 17, and his title of champion of the BAMMA – one of the best English MMA organizations – Tim Barnett has metamorphosised.
“I had a childhood where I was very protected, so I needed to brave some fears when I became an adult. Thanks to martial arts, I found myself. Sports wise, the Briton has also developed, going from boxer to rounded fighter, “able to bring danger whatever the situation”.
“I needed to breathe to rediscover the flame”
Paradoxically, all this hard work put Tim Barnett’s career to a halt. In 2019, after an active year in which he fought in four times, he chose to take a break, worn out by the frantic pace of his training.
“Since I started, I had never stopped. I had never taken time for myself. So I needed to breathe, to think about something else, to rediscover the flame and the love of martial arts”.
Eventually, it was through coaching young students that his desire returned. His sporting ambitions are also back, and Tim Barnett’s next appearance in the cage, scheduled for June 17 in Reims, promises to be particularly spectacular.
“During my absence, I have progressed in all areas. I’m a much better fighter than before!”