Ed Arthur ready defend undefeated record against Mike Cutting

Ed Arthur in action at Bamma 15. Picture (c)  Mark Blundell
Ed Arthur in action at Bamma 15. Picture (c) Mark Blundell

Europe’s flagship mixed martial arts promotion, BAMMA, has announced a further bout to BAMMA Fight Night: Askham v Nunes as Hemel Hempstead’s Ed Arthur faces Mike Cutting in a Bantamweight clash.

The event marks the launch of BAMMA’s Fight Night series which brings the show to regional fans and offers a platform for promising talent.

Taking place at the O2 Guildhall in Southampton on June 7, the event also sees the headline fighters clash for the BAMMA World Middleweight title.

In what many people heralded Fight of the Night at BAMMA 15, Ed Arthur defeated Nathaniel Wood in the third round via submission to take his record to 3-0-0.

The undefeated 24-year-old also retained an unblemished record through the amateur ranks, with a significant number of his fights finished in the first round.

Arthur trains out of Hemel Martial Arts with Denniston Sutherland and first wowed BAMMA fans at BAMMA 14 when he devastated Ben Rees in the first round.

Brazilian jiu jitsu blackbelt Michael ‘Gip’ Cutting, meanwhile, holds a professional MMA record of 4-2 and fights out of Kyouken MMA in Hampshire.

Cutting has faced some heavily more experienced competition and has attained all his victories via Submission, the majority by Rear Naked Choke and one by Inverted Heel-Hook. Cutting has also earned the Into the Cage Bantamweight belt.

BAMMA’s matchmaker Jude Samuel said: “Ed Arthur has stated that he’s going to go undefeated in 2014 to reach his goal of winning the BAMMA World Bantamweight Title.

“However, he first has to get past the roadblock that is Micheal ‘Gip’ Cutting, who will bring huge hometown support and poses a serious threat in the cage.

“This fight is going to be an absolute barn burner and certainly one not to be missed at BAMMA’s very first Fight Night.”

Tickets for the event are on sale at Ticketmaster or from 023 8063 2601.