Hard work pays off for winning fighters

Jason Cooper, 20, from Hemel Martial Arts, figthing at the Kayo MMA Home Coming event at the Watford Colosseum on Saturday, September 3, 2011. 'Picture by Joanna Leeson.
Jason Cooper, 20, from Hemel Martial Arts, figthing at the Kayo MMA Home Coming event at the Watford Colosseum on Saturday, September 3, 2011. 'Picture by Joanna Leeson.

TWO rising stars in the world of martial arts shone in the cage at the latest fight night event.

Both Jason Cooper, 20, and Edward Arthur, 21, beat their opponents during the Kayo MMA Home Coming fight night at the Watford Colosseum.

Edward Arthur, 21, of Grovehill, Hemel Hempstead, fighting at Kayo MMA Home Coming event at the Watford Colosseum on Saturday, September 3, 2011.'Picture by Joanna Leeson.

Edward Arthur, 21, of Grovehill, Hemel Hempstead, fighting at Kayo MMA Home Coming event at the Watford Colosseum on Saturday, September 3, 2011.'Picture by Joanna Leeson.

They were competing in their first semi-professional bouts on Saturday under the guidance of Hemel Martial Arts owner Denniston Sutherland.

Mechanic Cooper, nicknamed Treeman due to his 6ft 4in frame, forced Sebastian Sleczka to tap out just minutes into their first round after finding himself in a triangle choke.

Cooper said: “I don’t think it could have gone much better.”

Meanwhile, the fight between Grovehill scaffolder Arthur and Theo Michailides, went the full two five minute rounds before judges declared Arthur the winner.

He said: “There were some mistakes but I controlled the whole fight.”

Professional fighter Denniston, who runs a gym in Fensomes Alley, Hemel Hempstead, said: “I’m proud of them and the hard work they put in. They did a lot of training even when they were injured and that paid off.”