A tribute to Brett McDermott, The Spartan



Words by Beccy Davies

Images by Marc Moggridge

As Brett recently announced his retirement, the team at Addicted.OTR thought it quite fitting to pay a small tribute to this quiet, humble fighter who happened to hit any opponent with a strike likened to a ten-tonne truck. As both Marc and I have had the pleasure of working with Brett on BAMMA, we know how he doesn’t like a fuss, so we shall make a small one, just this once.

As one of the most-liked Light Heavyweights, Brett certainly made an impression in his division, so I asked him what his favourite fight was against.

“My favourite, it was against the man-mountain Oli Thompson. I was the biggest underdog and that fight got me recognised as I was supposed to be an easy fight for him to enter the LHW division”.


Brett went from strength-to-strength, taking tough fights through his career so I asked him what his most memorable moment was;

“That was against Luke “The Animal “Taylor. Again, I was the underdog and he had talked so much smack in his pre-fight interviews, saying how he was too strong for me, had too much power and the only way I could beat him was either with Kryptonite or an elephant gun. He came out to the Superman theme tune and let’s just say that within 2 mins I didn’t need either Kryptonite or an elephant gun, just a short right”.

Brett’s plans now are to take up the slack that he says he’s been leaving in the family business, as well renowned coal merchants and to continue in his own business as a chimney sweep.

From professional rugby league to professional MMA, Brett left his mark. All of us at Addicted.OTR would like to say a very happy retirement with your family and…

“This has been Sparta!!!!!”