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November 18, 2013

Hope, London fighters prepare for Hardrock MMA 59 in Somerset

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Three fighters from London’s United Martial Arts academy will showcase their talents in the cage on November 23 for Hardrock MMA 59 in Somerset.

Among those fighters is Scott “Ebenezer” Hope, who is one of UMA’s two head coaches and 6-3 as a professional fighter.  Hope, 32, is on a five fight winning streak with his most recent win being a brutal first round KO (knockout) back in April of this year.

“I’ve stayed in really good shape in between fights,” said Hope.  “I didn’t let myself get too fat on Dunkin’ Doughnuts and stuff.  This training camp has went a lot easier than the last one, so I’m really happy about that.”

This will be the second time Hope has fought in the last eight months, a trend he hopes to continue.  “This will put me at two fights for this year, which is good for me,” said Hope.  “My goal is a minimum of 3, but I’d like to do 4 in 2014.  Two would be unsatisfactory.”

Hope’s opponent is Jonathan Cook, who is 2-2 as a professional and is 25, seven years younger than Hope.  “He’s a legit opponent,” Hope said of Cook.  “He has a solid amateur career, and his two losses have come to top level competition.  This guy is really tough.”

While he respects his opponent’s talent and potential, Hope was clear of his intentions.  “I predict a heavy onslaught of ground and pound that finished him in the first round,” said Hope.  “The first mistake he makes, I’m going to get him out of there.”

What he lacks compared to Hope in experience, Cook makes up for in weight. Cook is billed at 210 pounds, while Hope typically fights at 185 or 170 pounds.  Both of Cook’s professional wins have come by submission, one to strikes and one to a guillotine choke hold.

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