Mathew Scott

Mathew Scott

Mathew Scott is a Hong Kong-based journalist who specialises in mixed martial arts. He covers the UFC, One Championship and Asian MMA.

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My Favourite Fight: UFC’s Georges St-Pierre explains how losing made him a winner

UFC legend Georges St-Pierre says his only two defeats, by Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, were the most important fights in his career because ‘failure is the greatest teacher’.

9 Aug 2020 - 9:28AM

UFC legend Georges St-Pierre says his only two defeats, by Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, were the most important fights in his career because ‘failure is the greatest teacher’.

My Favourite Fight: UFC’s Georges St-Pierre explains how losing made him a winner
ONE Championship makes all action return as Rodtang retains flyweight Muay Thai title at No Surrender

Rodtang Jitmuangnon beats Petchdam by majority decision in Bangkok to keep hold of his flyweight Muay Thai title as ONE Championship puts on its first show since February.

1 Aug 2020 - 4:42PM

Rodtang Jitmuangnon beats Petchdam by majority decision in Bangkok to keep hold of his flyweight Muay Thai title as ONE Championship puts on its first show since February.

ONE Championship makes all action return as Rodtang retains flyweight Muay Thai title  at No Surrender
UFC: Robert Whittaker figures out Darren Till in ‘stressful’ unanimous decision on Fight Island

Robert Whittaker back to brilliant best as he beats Darren Till in ‘stressful’ Fight Island 3 main event – ‘my brain is on overload … one of the most technical fights I’ve ever had’.

26 Jul 2020 - 9:58PM

Robert Whittaker back to brilliant best as he beats Darren Till in ‘stressful’ Fight Island 3 main event – ‘my brain is on overload … one of the most technical fights I’ve ever had’.

UFC: Robert Whittaker figures out Darren Till in ‘stressful’ unanimous decision on Fight Island
UFC: Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua edges ‘Lil Nog’ as two ageing warriors roll back the years in Fight Island trilogy

Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua settles long-standing trilogy 3-0 at UFC Fight Island 3 as Antonio Rogerio Nogueira confirms he is done – ‘it’s time for a new generation to come’.

26 Jul 2020 - 6:59PM

Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua settles long-standing trilogy 3-0 at UFC Fight Island 3 as Antonio Rogerio Nogueira confirms he is done – ‘it’s time for a new generation to come’.

UFC: Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua edges ‘Lil Nog’ as two ageing warriors roll back the years in Fight Island trilogy
UFC Fight Island 2 recap: Kelvin Gastelum drops third loss in a row as Jack Hermansson gets quick heel hook

Jack ‘The Joker’ Hermansson makes light work of former middleweight challenger Kelvin Gastelum with 78-second heel hook submission in Abu Dhabi co-main event.

19 Jul 2020 - 9:57PM

Jack ‘The Joker’ Hermansson makes light work of former middleweight challenger Kelvin Gastelum with 78-second heel hook submission in Abu Dhabi co-main event.

UFC Fight Island 2 recap: Kelvin Gastelum drops third loss in a row as Jack Hermansson gets quick heel hook
UFC 251: new bantamweight champ Petr Yan shows ‘No Mercy’ at all to Jose Aldo on Fight Island

Petr Yan brings down legendary Jose Aldo at UFC 251 on Fight Island to claim the vacant bantamweight title via fifth-round TKO, as game plan works to perfection in Abu Dhabi.

12 Jul 2020 - 6:25PM

Petr Yan brings down legendary Jose Aldo at UFC 251 on Fight Island to claim the vacant bantamweight title via fifth-round TKO, as game plan works to perfection in Abu Dhabi.

UFC 251: new bantamweight champ Petr Yan shows ‘No Mercy’ at all to Jose Aldo on Fight Island
UFC 251: ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas edges Jessica Andrade war on Fight Island to set up Zhang Weili title shot

Bloodied and bruised ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas gets split decision over Jessica Andrade at UFC 251 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi to earn a crack at strawweight champ Zhang Weili.

12 Jul 2020 - 6:25PM

Bloodied and bruised ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas gets split decision over Jessica Andrade at UFC 251 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi to earn a crack at strawweight champ Zhang Weili.

UFC 251: ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas edges Jessica Andrade war on Fight Island to set up Zhang Weili title shot
UFC 251: fortune favours ‘King of Kung Fu’ Muslim Salikhov on Fight Island, now he looks to the top 10

Muslim Salikhov gets split decision over Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos on Fight Island at UFC 251, and ahead now – hopefully – waits a clash with a top-15 ranked welterweight.

12 Jul 2020 - 6:19PM

Muslim Salikhov gets split decision over Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos on Fight Island at UFC 251, and ahead now – hopefully – waits a clash with a top-15 ranked welterweight.

UFC 251: fortune favours ‘King of Kung Fu’ Muslim Salikhov on Fight Island, now he looks to the top 10
UFC 251: Muslim Salikhov honours Abdulmanap ‘father’ of Russian MMA, as Dana White vows to ‘leave Khabib alone’

Muslim Salikhov says Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s death is ‘tough for everybody in Dagestan and we’re all very sad’, as UFC president Dana White vows to ‘leave Khabib alone’.

11 Jul 2020 - 3:48PM

Muslim Salikhov says Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s death is ‘tough for everybody in Dagestan and we’re all very sad’, as UFC president Dana White vows to ‘leave Khabib alone’.

UFC 251: Muslim Salikhov honours Abdulmanap  ‘father’ of Russian MMA, as Dana White vows to ‘leave Khabib alone’
UFC 251: Jorge Masvidal promises more ‘super necessary’ punishment as Kamaru Usman crosses the line

Jorge Masvidal says ‘it’s never personal, it’s always business,’ but there’s a menace lurking within the man, and he feels Kamaru Usman has ‘crossed the line’ at UFC 251.

10 Jul 2020 - 12:36PM

Jorge Masvidal says ‘it’s never personal, it’s always business,’ but there’s a menace lurking within the man, and he feels Kamaru Usman has ‘crossed the line’ at UFC 251.

UFC 251: Jorge Masvidal promises more ‘super necessary’ punishment as Kamaru Usman crosses the line
UFC 251: Petr Yan destined to be world champ from day one, says coach – now comes moment of truth for ‘No Mercy’

Six years after turning up at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Petr Yan has chance at UFC 251 to fulfil what coach John Hutchinson wrote down that day – that he’d win a world title.

9 Jul 2020 - 6:09PM

Six years after turning up at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Petr Yan has chance at UFC 251 to fulfil what coach John Hutchinson wrote down that day – that he’d win a world title.

UFC 251: Petr Yan destined to be world champ from day one, says coach – now comes moment of truth for ‘No Mercy’
UFC 251: Jessica Andrade vows to keep calm, and carry away a shot at redemption against Zhang Weili

After recklessly surrendering strawweight belt to Zhang Weili, Jessica Andrade promises patience in title eliminator against fellow former champ Rose Namajunas at UFC 251.

9 Jul 2020 - 4:40PM

After recklessly surrendering strawweight belt to Zhang Weili, Jessica Andrade promises patience in title eliminator against fellow former champ Rose Namajunas at UFC 251.

UFC 251: Jessica Andrade vows to keep calm, and carry away a shot at redemption against Zhang Weili
UFC 251: Max Holloway says ‘I don’t need sparring’ and vows to finish Alex Volkanovski

Max Holloway defends decision to train for UFC 251 title bout on Zoom, and says Alex Volkanovski is talking like a challenger – not the champion – heading into Fight Island.

8 Jul 2020 - 3:46PM

Max Holloway defends decision to train for UFC 251 title bout on Zoom, and says Alex Volkanovski is talking like a challenger – not the champion – heading into Fight Island.

UFC 251: Max Holloway says ‘I don’t need sparring’ and vows to finish Alex Volkanovski
UFC: Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson wants Jorge Masvidal rematch to show ‘I’m still here’

Stephen Thompson is keen on sending a message to a UFC welterweight division he feels has ‘forgotten’ about him, and a fight with Jorge Masvidal would be ‘the perfect way’.

17 Jun 2020 - 6:41PM

Stephen Thompson is keen on sending a message to a UFC welterweight division he feels has ‘forgotten’ about him, and a fight with Jorge Masvidal would be ‘the perfect way’.

UFC: Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson wants Jorge Masvidal rematch to show ‘I’m still here’
ESPN’s 30 for 30 ‘Be Water’ revisits the day Bruce Lee changed martial arts forever

Bruce Lee’s legendary exhibition at Long Beach International Karate Championships in 1964 ‘changed things up’ and began martial arts movement that’s still developing today.

9 Jun 2020 - 5:29PM

Bruce Lee’s legendary exhibition at Long Beach International Karate Championships in 1964 ‘changed things up’ and began martial arts movement that’s still developing today.

ESPN’s 30 for 30 ‘Be Water’ revisits the day Bruce Lee changed martial arts forever
Bruce Lee would be a match for Conor McGregor in the UFC, says Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson

Stephen Thompson feels Bruce Lee ‘would be where Conor McGregor is now’ in the UFC if he were in his prime today, as ESPN’s ‘Be Water’ returns spotlight to martial arts icon.

9 Jun 2020 - 5:32PM

Stephen Thompson feels Bruce Lee ‘would be where Conor McGregor is now’ in the UFC if he were in his prime today, as ESPN’s ‘Be Water’ returns spotlight to martial arts icon.

Bruce Lee would be a match for Conor McGregor in the UFC, says Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson
ESPN 30 for 30 ‘Be Water’: how Bruce Lee inspired the NBA, from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Kobe Bryant

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reflects in ESPN documentary ‘Be Water’ on the life of Bruce Lee, who has also influenced Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal and Kyrie Irving.

9 Jun 2020 - 5:33PM

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reflects in ESPN documentary ‘Be Water’ on the life of Bruce Lee, who has also influenced Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal and Kyrie Irving.

ESPN 30 for 30 ‘Be Water’: how Bruce Lee inspired the NBA, from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Kobe Bryant
‘Be water’: how Bruce Lee inspired UFC champ Zhang Weili and China’s rising MMA stars

Zhang Weili recalls becoming ‘formless, shapeless’ when she won UFC strawweight title – just like Bruce Lee preached, as ESPN’s 30 for 30 returns spotlight to martial arts icon.

9 Jun 2020 - 5:30PM

Zhang Weili recalls becoming ‘formless, shapeless’ when she won UFC strawweight title – just like Bruce Lee preached, as ESPN’s 30 for 30 returns spotlight to martial arts icon.

‘Be water’: how Bruce Lee inspired UFC champ Zhang Weili and China’s rising MMA stars
UFC’s Valentina Shevchenko says Bruce Lee is the ‘prophet’ in the church of martial arts

Bruce Lee ‘inspired millions of people like me to start to train’ says UFC flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko as ESPN 30 for 30’s ‘Be Water’ returns spotlight to martial arts icon.

9 Jun 2020 - 5:33PM

Bruce Lee ‘inspired millions of people like me to start to train’ says UFC flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko as ESPN 30 for 30’s ‘Be Water’ returns spotlight to martial arts icon.

UFC’s Valentina Shevchenko says Bruce Lee is the ‘prophet’ in the church of martial arts
UFC’s Georges St-Pierre says Bruce Lee changed his life – ‘I won a lot of fights from what he taught me’

UFC icon Georges St-Pierre says Bruce Lee changed his life and helped him become ‘the perfect nemesis’ as ESPN’s 30 for 30 ‘Be Water’ returns spotlight to martial arts legend.

9 Jun 2020 - 5:34PM

UFC icon Georges St-Pierre says Bruce Lee changed his life and helped him become ‘the perfect nemesis’ as ESPN’s 30 for 30 ‘Be Water’ returns spotlight to martial arts legend.

UFC’s Georges St-Pierre says Bruce Lee changed his life – ‘I won a lot of fights from what he taught me’
ESPN’s Bruce Lee 30 for 30 ‘Be Water’ documentary returns spotlight to the ‘Grandfather of MMA’

Today and in the coming days, the Post will look at how Bruce Lee’s impact spread – and continues to spread – across the global sporting landscape.

12 Jun 2020 - 4:21PM

Today and in the coming days, the Post will look at how Bruce Lee’s impact spread – and continues to spread – across the global sporting landscape.

ESPN’s Bruce Lee 30 for 30 ‘Be Water’ documentary returns spotlight to the ‘Grandfather of MMA’
UFC 250: how do you beat Amanda Nunes? ‘Mixing up the timing, mixing up the rhythm, controlling the range’

‘Lioness’ has looked pretty much unbeatable at both bantamweight and featherweight but Megan Anderson says ‘it’s just a matter of timing’.

5 Jun 2020 - 5:38PM

‘Lioness’ has looked pretty much unbeatable at both bantamweight and featherweight but Megan Anderson says ‘it’s just a matter of timing’.

UFC 250: how do you beat Amanda Nunes? ‘Mixing up the timing, mixing up the rhythm, controlling the range’
UFC: Georges St-Pierre believes he could still be ‘the best’ as he heads for Hall of Fame

UFC Hall of Fame-bound Georges St-Pierre staying humble in light of ‘greatest honour’ but admits he has regrets – ‘I should have enjoyed it more’.

30 May 2020 - 4:15PM

UFC Hall of Fame-bound Georges St-Pierre staying humble in light of ‘greatest honour’ but admits he has regrets – ‘I should have enjoyed it more’.

UFC: Georges St-Pierre believes he could still be ‘the best’ as he heads for Hall of Fame
Hong Kong shark attacks: the blood-soaked chapter in city’s history that saw more shark deaths than any place on Earth

Seven people were killed in shark attacks in Hong Kong from 1991 to 1995, a blood-soaked chapter in the city’s history that saw more deaths by shark than any other place on Earth.

30 May 2020 - 7:38PM

Seven people were killed in shark attacks in Hong Kong from 1991 to 1995, a blood-soaked chapter in the city’s history that saw more deaths by shark than any other place on Earth.

Hong Kong shark attacks: the blood-soaked chapter in city’s history that saw more shark deaths than any place on Earth
UFC: Georges St-Pierre says Israel Adesanya is one of his favourite fighters – ‘he’s incredible, very smart’

Georges St-Pierres praises UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya for showing smarts in the Octagon – ‘he’s athletic, but the brain is the most important part of his game’.

27 May 2020 - 6:31PM

Georges St-Pierres praises UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya for showing smarts in the Octagon – ‘he’s athletic, but the brain is the most important part of his game’.

UFC: Georges St-Pierre says Israel Adesanya is one of his favourite fighters – ‘he’s incredible, very smart’
UFC: Georges St-Pierre open to Octagon return … but only for ‘something drastic’

Georges St-Pierre feels shadowed by rumours of a second UFC comeback every day of his life, but as the 39-year-old heads into the Hall of Fame he insists he’ll ‘never say never’.

23 May 2020 - 6:48PM

Georges St-Pierre feels shadowed by rumours of a second UFC comeback every day of his life, but as the 39-year-old heads into the Hall of Fame he insists he’ll ‘never say never’.

UFC: Georges St-Pierre open to Octagon return … but only for ‘something drastic’
Song Yadong gives UFC hope of another Chinese champ as fortune favours the ‘Kung Fu Monkey’ again

Chinese prospect Song Yadong, 22, survives toughest test against Marlon Vera to go six unbeaten in the Octagon, winning fourth bonus and declaring ‘I’m on the right track’.

18 May 2020 - 12:40AM

Chinese prospect Song Yadong, 22, survives toughest test against Marlon Vera to go six unbeaten in the Octagon, winning fourth bonus and declaring ‘I’m on the right track’.

Song Yadong gives UFC hope of another Chinese champ as fortune favours the ‘Kung Fu Monkey’ again
UFC: ‘Kung Fu Monkey’ Song Yadong grinds it out vs Marlon Vera to keep unbeaten streak alive

Chinese prospect Song Yadong feels he ‘didn’t fight well’ against Marlon Vera but ‘The Kung Fu Monkey’ racks up fifth UFC win and remains undefeated in the Octagon.

18 May 2020 - 12:33AM

Chinese prospect Song Yadong feels he ‘didn’t fight well’ against Marlon Vera but ‘The Kung Fu Monkey’ racks up fifth UFC win and remains undefeated in the Octagon.

UFC: ‘Kung Fu Monkey’ Song Yadong grinds it out vs Marlon Vera to keep unbeaten streak alive
How the rise of Zhang Weili is helping the UFC reach China’s online masses

Strawweight champ Zhang Weili’s remarkable rise has seen UFC top 5.6 million followers on Douyin, and now the launch of company’s flagship Tmall e-commerce store in China.

15 May 2020 - 6:55PM

Strawweight champ Zhang Weili’s remarkable rise has seen UFC top 5.6 million followers on Douyin, and now the launch of company’s flagship Tmall e-commerce store in China.

How the rise of Zhang Weili is helping the UFC reach China’s online masses
UFC: Song Yadong takes heart from Zhang Weili, and takes weight rise in his stride for Marlon Vera test

‘The Kung Fu Monkey’ Song Yadong returns to the UFC Octagon at featherweight for short-notice fight against Marlon Vera after taking heart from Zhang Weili’s heroics.

16 May 2020 - 6:52PM

‘The Kung Fu Monkey’ Song Yadong returns to the UFC Octagon at featherweight for short-notice fight against Marlon Vera after taking heart from Zhang Weili’s heroics.

UFC: Song Yadong takes heart from Zhang Weili, and takes weight rise in his stride for Marlon Vera test