In the same week that he celebrated his 40th birthday, Hemel Hempstead’s Denniston ‘Mad Max’ Sutherland stepped into the cage in a bid to win back the UCMMA middleweight title that he lost back in 2011.
This time the Hemel Martial Arts coach faced young and upcoming fighter Ben ‘The Situation’ Callum at London’s Troxy on Saturday night.
Sutherland said the fight, which ran the full three rounds, went to plan but he admitted: “It was hard in the sense that he is a tough strong guy and I had to survive the first round, but it wasn’t technically a hard fight.
“It pretty much went to my game plan, which was to wear him out in the first round, which meant I had to take a lot and block and dodge everything I could. At the end of the first round he started gassing.”
During the second round the pair traded blows and Sutherland began to push forward and when the third and final round came the fighter took control and dominated throughout.
Sutherland was determined to claim back the belt, which he lost when he was knocked out by Jake Bostwick – a defeat Sutherland puts down to not having his emotions under control when he stepped into the cage.
“My thing this time was to make sure I had control of my emotions. When you have been there before a lot is expected of you,” said Sutherland, who runs Hemel Martial Arts within the Kings Langley Combat Fitness Centre in High Street.
He will be fighting again on June 1 for the OMMAC British middleweight title.