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: 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.

4 Nov 2020 - 10:36PM

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.

UFC: Israel Adesanya coach says Jon Jones will have to get in line and ‘wait his turn’
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.

4 Nov 2020 - 8:18AM

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.

Sorry Jon Jones, Khabib deserves UFC pound-for-pound No 1 spot, especially if he hangs around to go 30-0
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.

25 Oct 2020 - 6:31AM

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.

UFC 254: Khabib can set himself up for shot at ‘GOAT’ status with win over Justin Gaethje
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.

13 Oct 2020 - 8:22PM

‘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.

UFC: ‘Queen of Violence’ Ariane Lipski plans on taking Valentina Shevchenko’s flyweight title within a year
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’.

9 Oct 2020 - 8:35PM

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’.

Bellator 248: Michael ‘Venom’ Page chasing Douglas Lima redemption after piece of history in Paris
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.

28 Sep 2020 - 12:47AM

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.

UFC 253: Israel Adesanya consigns the ‘EA curse’ with historic performance to cement superstar status
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’.

11 Sep 2020 - 6:40PM

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: Amanda Ribas thinks she has keys to crack Zhang Weili code – ‘it’s not an easy fight for her’
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.

29 Aug 2020 - 1:28PM

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.

ONE Championship: Eddie Alvarez ‘doesn’t care’ about Michael Chandler; wants Christian Lee title shot in 2020
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’.

28 Aug 2020 - 10:27PM

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

UFC: Eddie Alvarez hopes ‘incredible’ Justin Gaethje beats Khabib – ‘I like watching him more than anyone’
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.

19 Aug 2020 - 12:10AM

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.

UFC 252: Sean O’Malley’s serious injury a worrying red flag but ‘Sugar’ can still be a star
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.

14 Aug 2020 - 8:36AM

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.

Sorry, Dana White – Fedor Emelianenko is the heavyweight ‘GOAT’ whatever happens at UFC 252
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.

10 Aug 2020 - 9:02PM

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.

Rizin 23: Kai Asakura wins bantamweight title with soccer kick KO that signals start of a new era
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’.

4 Aug 2020 - 8:02PM

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 ‘itching for a fight’ in World Lethwei Championship with three opponents in mind