Andrew Whitelaw

Andrew Whitelaw

SCMP Contributor 

Andrew Whitelaw is a freelance commentator and reporter specialising in football and combat sports who has been working in Asia for 11 years. He was previously multimedia lead at Fox Sports Asia in Singapore.

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UFC: Jiri Prochazka says Jon Jones had ‘other problems to solve’ than worrying about him

No 2-ranked UFC light heavyweight Jiri Prochazka doesn’t think Jon Jones vacated his title because he saw him coming, but is open to a fight down the road.

No 2-ranked UFC light heavyweight Jiri Prochazka doesn’t think Jon Jones vacated his title because he saw him coming, but is open to a fight down the road.

29 Oct 2021 - 10:57AM
UFC: Alexander Volkov feels Francis Ngannou fight is ‘logical’, and says ‘we have a great history’

Alexander Volkov insists ‘I will handle everything’ in Francis Ngannou’s game if he secures a heavyweight title shot with victory over Ciryl Gane at UFC Vegas 30.

Alexander Volkov insists ‘I will handle everything’ in Francis Ngannou’s game if he secures a heavyweight title shot with victory over Ciryl Gane at UFC Vegas 30.

25 Jun 2021 - 1:31PM
UFC: Ciryl Gane says Alexander Volkov fight ‘a real semi-final’ to face Francis Ngannou

Ciryl Gane wants to fight Francis Ngannou for the heavyweight title in Paris, France where they used to train together, if he beats Alexander Volkov at UFC Vegas 30.

Ciryl Gane wants to fight Francis Ngannou for the heavyweight title in Paris, France where they used to train together, if he beats Alexander Volkov at UFC Vegas 30.

25 Jun 2021 - 12:26AM
PFL 6: Anthony Pettis warns he’ll be ‘different fighter’ vs Raush Manfio, ‘thinking of nothing else’ but title

Anthony Pettis says he’ll be ‘a lot more basic, lot more clean’ after losing PFL debut, with former UFC champ ‘thinking of nothing else’ but winning another world title.

Anthony Pettis says he’ll be ‘a lot more basic, lot more clean’ after losing PFL debut, with former UFC champ ‘thinking of nothing else’ but winning another world title.

25 Jun 2021 - 10:08AM
UFC: Jiri Prochazka praises ‘very unique’ Israel Adesanya – ‘that’s the level – and much better – I want to be’

Jiri Prochazka says he likes Israel’s Adesanya’s fighting style and even aims to be ‘much better’ than the UFC middleweight champ, as he returns to face Dominick Reyes.

Jiri Prochazka says he likes Israel’s Adesanya’s fighting style and even aims to be ‘much better’ than the UFC middleweight champ, as he returns to face Dominick Reyes.

28 Apr 2021 - 5:32PM
Bellator’s Juan Archuleta sees MMA ‘superstardom’ with a win over Rizin champ Kyoji Horiguchi

Bellator bantamweight champ Juan Archuleta excited to face ‘the best Kyoji Horiguchi’ after Japanese icon reclaims Rizin title in spectacular comeback win.

Bellator bantamweight champ Juan Archuleta excited to face ‘the best Kyoji Horiguchi’ after Japanese icon reclaims Rizin title in spectacular comeback win.

3 Feb 2021 - 4:31PM
UFC: Alistair Overeem admits ‘I’m getting too old for this’ in race against time for heavyweight title

UFC legend Alistair Overeem, 40, says ‘everything until 42 is good’ and sees Anderson Silva’s decline as a cautionary tale.

UFC legend Alistair Overeem, 40, says ‘everything until 42 is good’ and sees Anderson Silva’s decline as a cautionary tale.

2 Feb 2021 - 12:46PM
The Takedown | UFC 257: Conor McGregor must forget Manny Pacquiao if he wants MMA glory days back

Conor McGregor insists ‘I’m always open’ to boxing Manny Pacquiao, but former two-weight champ should go all in on MMA after shock UFC 257 defeat by Dustin Poirier.

Conor McGregor insists ‘I’m always open’ to boxing Manny Pacquiao, but former two-weight champ should go all in on MMA after shock UFC 257 defeat by Dustin Poirier.

24 Jan 2021 - 11:33PM
UFC 257: Michael Chandler says fight with Conor McGregor inevitable ‘if I do my job’ vs Dan Hooker

Former Bellator champ Michael Chandler fights Dan Hooker in UFC 257 co-main event, and thinks his and Conor McGregor’s paths will cross if he gets debut victory.

Former Bellator champ Michael Chandler fights Dan Hooker in UFC 257 co-main event, and thinks his and Conor McGregor’s paths will cross if he gets debut victory.

19 Jan 2021 - 6:50PM
UFC: Max Holloway insists ‘80-90 per cent of the world’ thought he beat Alex Volkanovski

Max Holloway insists ‘not just fans, my competitors’ like Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje, Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal all think he deserved to reclaim UFC featherweight belt.

Max Holloway insists ‘not just fans, my competitors’ like Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje, Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal all think he deserved to reclaim UFC featherweight belt.

14 Jan 2021 - 2:22PM
UFC: Max Holloway prepared to step in for Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier – ‘I’m just a call away’

Former featherweight champ Max Holloway says ‘I’m just a call away’ if UFC 257 main event between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier falls through.

Former featherweight champ Max Holloway says ‘I’m just a call away’ if UFC 257 main event between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier falls through.

13 Jan 2021 - 1:19PM
Rizin 26: Kyoji Horiguchi reclaims bantamweight title and sets sights on Bellator champ Juan Archuleta

Kyoji Horiguchi avenges loss with first-round TKO over Kai Asakura, saying ‘I got my Rizin belt back, and now it’s time to go after the other one’.

Kyoji Horiguchi avenges loss with first-round TKO over Kai Asakura, saying ‘I got my Rizin belt back, and now it’s time to go after the other one’.

1 Jan 2021 - 4:09PM
UFC: Israel Adesanya coach says Jon Jones will have to get in line and ‘wait his turn’

Israel Adesanya’s City Kickboxing striking coach Mike Angove already deciphering a game plan to beat Jon Jones but says former UFC light heavyweight champ must get in line.

Israel Adesanya’s City Kickboxing striking coach Mike Angove already deciphering a game plan to beat Jon Jones but says former UFC light heavyweight champ must get in line.

4 Nov 2020 - 10:36PM
The Takedown | Sorry Jon Jones, Khabib deserves UFC pound-for-pound No 1 spot, especially if he hangs around to go 30-0

Jon Jones can gripe all he wants but UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov has earned his place at top of the pile, especially if he hangs around and goes for 30-0.

Jon Jones can gripe all he wants but UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov has earned his place at top of the pile, especially if he hangs around and goes for 30-0.

4 Nov 2020 - 8:18AM
The Takedown | UFC 254: Khabib can set himself up for shot at ‘GOAT’ status with win over Justin Gaethje

Win over Justin Gaethje would set UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov up for run at 30-0 and retirement fight vs Georges St-Pierre – and there’s a beautiful symmetry to that.

Win over Justin Gaethje would set UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov up for run at 30-0 and retirement fight vs Georges St-Pierre – and there’s a beautiful symmetry to that.

25 Oct 2020 - 6:31AM
UFC: ‘Queen of Violence’ Ariane Lipski plans on taking Valentina Shevchenko’s flyweight title within a year

‘Queen of Violence’ Ariane Lipski ‘preparing everything’ to win Valentina Shevchenko’s belt in 2021, as Brazilian gets set to fight Kyrgyzstani’s elder sister Antonina at UFC 255.

‘Queen of Violence’ Ariane Lipski ‘preparing everything’ to win Valentina Shevchenko’s belt in 2021, as Brazilian gets set to fight Kyrgyzstani’s elder sister Antonina at UFC 255.

13 Oct 2020 - 8:22PM
Bellator 248: Michael ‘Venom’ Page chasing Douglas Lima redemption after piece of history in Paris

Michael ‘Venom’ Page headlines historic Bellator 248 card in France vs Ross Houston but is hell bent on Douglas Lima rematch – ‘if he wants to move up to heavyweight, I’m going to meet him there’.

Michael ‘Venom’ Page headlines historic Bellator 248 card in France vs Ross Houston but is hell bent on Douglas Lima rematch – ‘if he wants to move up to heavyweight, I’m going to meet him there’.

9 Oct 2020 - 8:35PM
The Takedown | UFC 253: Israel Adesanya consigns the ‘EA curse’ with historic performance to cement superstar status

Israel Adesanya tweets ‘what EA curse?’ after emphatic UFC 253 win over Paulo Costa, as undefeated middleweight champ hammers home that he’s something special.

Israel Adesanya tweets ‘what EA curse?’ after emphatic UFC 253 win over Paulo Costa, as undefeated middleweight champ hammers home that he’s something special.

28 Sep 2020 - 12:47AM
UFC: Amanda Ribas thinks she has keys to crack Zhang Weili code – ‘it’s not an easy fight for her’

UFC strawweight star Amanda Ribas plots similarly meteoric rise to get to Chinese champ Zhang Weili, and insists ‘it’s not an easy fight for her’.

UFC strawweight star Amanda Ribas plots similarly meteoric rise to get to Chinese champ Zhang Weili, and insists ‘it’s not an easy fight for her’.

11 Sep 2020 - 6:40PM
ONE Championship: Eddie Alvarez ‘doesn’t care’ about Michael Chandler; wants Christian Lee title shot in 2020

Eddie Alvarez ‘almost positive’ he’ll fight this year in US, with ONE Championship lightweight champ Christian Lee on his mind – not a trilogy with free agent Michael Chandler.

Eddie Alvarez ‘almost positive’ he’ll fight this year in US, with ONE Championship lightweight champ Christian Lee on his mind – not a trilogy with free agent Michael Chandler.

29 Aug 2020 - 1:28PM
UFC: Eddie Alvarez hopes ‘incredible’ Justin Gaethje beats Khabib – ‘I like watching him more than anyone’

Eddie Alvarez wants his favourite fighter Justin Gaethje to put UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov away – ‘I like watching him more than anyone’.

Eddie Alvarez wants his favourite fighter Justin Gaethje to put UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov away – ‘I like watching him more than anyone’.

28 Aug 2020 - 10:27PM
The Takedown | UFC 252: Sean O’Malley’s serious injury a worrying red flag but ‘Sugar’ can still be a star

Dana White laments return of rising star injury curse as Sean O’Malley is stretchered out of arena after suffering first loss – something that could make or break the 25-year-old.

Dana White laments return of rising star injury curse as Sean O’Malley is stretchered out of arena after suffering first loss – something that could make or break the 25-year-old.

19 Aug 2020 - 12:10AM
The Takedown | Sorry, Dana White – Fedor Emelianenko is the heavyweight ‘GOAT’ whatever happens at UFC 252

Dana White insists winner of Stipe Miocic trilogy with Daniel Cormier will determine the greatest MMA heavyweight of all time, but Fedor Emelianenko still stands above them all.

Dana White insists winner of Stipe Miocic trilogy with Daniel Cormier will determine the greatest MMA heavyweight of all time, but Fedor Emelianenko still stands above them all.

14 Aug 2020 - 8:36AM
Rizin 23: Kai Asakura wins bantamweight title with soccer kick KO that signals start of a new era

Buffet of knockouts including stunning soccer kick finish from Kai Asakura over Hiromasa Ogikubo mark Japanese MMA promotion Rizin’s epic return after six uncertain months.

Buffet of knockouts including stunning soccer kick finish from Kai Asakura over Hiromasa Ogikubo mark Japanese MMA promotion Rizin’s epic return after six uncertain months.

10 Aug 2020 - 9:02PM
Dave Leduc ‘itching for a fight’ in World Lethwei Championship with three opponents in mind

Dave Leduc talks his possible next opponents with three options on the table, and says he’s training harder than ever – ‘I’m knocking out guys … I just really want a fight right now’.

Dave Leduc talks his possible next opponents with three options on the table, and says he’s training harder than ever – ‘I’m knocking out guys … I just really want a fight right now’.

4 Aug 2020 - 8:02PM