At 5-1 with 4 TKO’s, Danny “Left Hand to God” Barlow has become a favorite of locals and is someone many consider to be one of the most promising amateur prospects on the Memphis MMA scene. Barlow is active at both welterweight and middleweight but returns to welterweight to defend his belt as the co-main event for Attitude MMA in Memphis, TN July 24th.
“This is just another step forward, but I will say defending my belts mean more than attaining them because I feel that’s the only way to establish dominance as a true champion,” Barlow elaborated when asked what the upcoming bout means to him.
The fighter hails from Westwood, a neighborhood in Memphis, TN notorious for drug and gang violence. Growing up Barlow was always known as someone that excelled at sports in his neighborhood but credits the one day he didn’t go to a basketball practice and was robbed at gun point by a fourteen year old for being a turning point in his life when he really decided to focus on sports. When talking about his neighborhood Danny explained, ” The good is really good but the bad is real bad. As someone that fights in MMA, plays drums in the church and doesn’t glorify the things I grew up around, I’m a different kind of guy to be where I’m from. It means a lot to me to be able to be a different example for kids in my community and to have made it out as far as from a viewing life differently perspective. Which is way more important than money.”
Before fighting Barlow was considering trying out for the Olympics for the long jump and was originally just wanting to do MMA to try something different. After trying it he fell in love with the sport and says fighting is his way of expressing himself. He admits MMA is the hardest sport to compete in but says he stays inspired through his faith in God, the love from his family and the support from his teammates at Law School MMA. When asked how he sees his upcoming fight playing out he responded ” I’m going to be victorious by whatever means I feel that night, however I feel like expressing myself that night. I’m going to make it look easy.” Barlow says he would like to thank his head coach at Law School MMA – Brian Hall, the owners of the Chosen clothing brand for sponsoring him and express his gratitude to Jesus for his blessings heading into this fight.
You can watch Danny Barlow make his return July 24th at the Agricenter International at 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120 ( doors open at 4pm, fights begin at 5pm). Tickets can be purchased below as well as a PPV for those who would still like to watch the fight but can’t attend in person.
Cameron Pollard is a freelance writer and WMMA competitor from Memphis, Tennessee, who is passionate about telling in-depth, fighter conscious stories.