Grovehill’s Ed Arthur wasted no time making an impression when he stepped into the cage for a career-defining bout under Europe’s flagship mixed martial arts promoter BAMMA.
The 24-year-old was on the same card as top fighter Paul Daley, making his comeback to BAMMA after being released from his contract by top worldwide promoter the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Arthur’s Saturday night battle was stopped by the referee during the first of a possible three rounds, after his ground and pound blows, including two brutal elbows, left his opponent Ben Rees with a cut eyebrow.
It is the former Cavendish schoolboy’s second professional fight win and Arthur, who is also undefeated at amteur level in the sport, said Rees is probably the toughest opponent he has faced to date.
Speaking to Nick Osipzak from BAMMA straight after the fight held in Birmingham, Arthur said: “I told people from the beginning I’m one of the best, I just want the chance to prove it – that’s all I ask for, the chance to prove it.
“I want the big shows, I want the big fighters.
“Losing doesn’t even pop into my head.
“By the end of 2014 I want to be right up there with people saying: ‘Should I fight him, should I not?’ I want to be the guy everyone is talking about.”
Arthur paid tribute to his trainer Denniston ‘Mad Max’ Sutherland, who runs Hemel Martial Arts out of Kings Langley Combat Fitness Centre.
“I owe it all to my trainers and my team,” said Arthur, who is sponsored by the family of murdered Billy Dove and Get Built. “It is not just me that won, it is my whole team that won.”
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