Winning fighter is searching for sponsorship deals

Edward Arthur.
Edward Arthur.

Mixed Martial Arts

A rising fighter who has turned professional after just three years in the sport is hoping to get the backing of local businesses.

Ed Arthur, of Grovehill, Hemel Hempstead, has his sights set on getting to the top of his sport by making it into the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

But to get there the 23-year-old needs sponsorship and in return he is offering to promote his backers during interviews, on his fight banner, clothes and his Twitter account.

Ed said: “I want to go all the way. I have been told by a lot of people that I’m good at this sport and my fight record speaks for itself.

“I know I’m going on to bigger things – give me a year and I’ll be a big name in the UK.

“If someone invests in me they are going to get their money’s worth. I will go above and beyond to promote them.

“The bigger I get, the more promotion they are going to get.”

Ed trains under Denniston ‘Mad Max’ Sutherland at his gym Hemel Martial Arts, based within the Kings Langley Combat Fitness Centre.

The young fighter works full time as a scaffolder but he hopes sponsorship will allow him to work part-time and spend the rest of his time training.

He has won all but one of his seven semi-pro bouts – the only defeat was due to injury – and is now preparing to make his pro debut at the Watford Colosseum’s Kayo MMA show on May 4.

If successful in his rise through the fighting ranks Ed could secure a place on the fight cards of promoters like Cage Warriors and UCMMA, which enjoy prime time television coverage on Sky Sports.

He has just launched a ladies kick boxing class with his boxing pal Kingsley Walker at the Kings Langley training base in High Street, which runs for an hour on Sundays from 6pm and costs £6. To find out more visit www.combatfitnesscentre.co.uk

Businesses interested in sponsoring Ed can contact him at eddie_mpr@hotmail.co.uk or via Twitter @edarthurmma

Ed said: “It doesn’t just have to be sports brands, it can be anyone that is trying to grow their business. Any support small or large would be great.”