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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UFC 259: ‘Kung Fu Monkey’ Song Yadong learns from ‘The Leech’ Li Jingliang as he plots more Chinese success

Song Yadong says Li Jingliang is ‘a fighter everyone in China admires, an inspiration’ after stint training and living together in California ahead of UFC 259 return.

Song Yadong says Li Jingliang is ‘a fighter everyone in China admires, an inspiration’ after stint training and living together in California ahead of UFC 259 return.

UFC 259: ‘Kung Fu Monkey’ Song Yadong learns from ‘The Leech’ Li Jingliang as he plots more Chinese success
3 Mar 2021 - 4:36PM
Zhang Tiequan and the day China made its UFC debut – ‘I knew then the country would fall in love with MMA’

Ten years later, ‘The Wolf’ Zhang Tiequan looks back on UFC 217 – the first card to host a fighter from mainland China.

Ten years later, ‘The Wolf’ Zhang Tiequan looks back on UFC 217 – the first card to host a fighter from mainland China.

Zhang Tiequan and the day China made its UFC debut – ‘I knew then the country would fall in love with MMA’
27 Feb 2021 - 12:02PM
UFC: ‘Kung Fu Monkey’ returns as China’s Song Yadong sets sights on top five

Chinese bantamweight Song Yadong joins blockbuster UFC 259 card against American Kyler Phillips and hopes to finish him on the feet.

Chinese bantamweight Song Yadong joins blockbuster UFC 259 card against American Kyler Phillips and hopes to finish him on the feet.

UFC: ‘Kung Fu Monkey’ returns as China’s Song Yadong sets sights on top five
13 Feb 2021 - 11:37AM
UFC 258: Kamaru Usman promises ‘whole different monster’ against Gilbert Burns – ‘I’ve got new tricks’

Kamaru Usman says ‘I’ve got new tricks and new wrinkle’ as welterweight champ takes 12-0 run in UFC into title defence against former teammate Gilbert Burns.

Kamaru Usman says ‘I’ve got new tricks and new wrinkle’ as welterweight champ takes 12-0 run in UFC into title defence against former teammate Gilbert Burns.

UFC 258: Kamaru Usman promises ‘whole different monster’ against Gilbert Burns – ‘I’ve got new tricks’
12 Feb 2021 - 2:01PM
UFC: Alexander Volkov’s power brings the Alistair Overeem dream crashing down at UFC Vegas 18

Russian lands knockout in the second round and throws himself into the heavyweight title picture, saying ‘For sure I want to fight for the belt’.

Russian lands knockout in the second round and throws himself into the heavyweight title picture, saying ‘For sure I want to fight for the belt’.

UFC: Alexander Volkov’s power brings the Alistair Overeem dream crashing down at UFC Vegas 18
7 Feb 2021 - 2:36PM
UFC: Cory Sandhagen lands a brutal flying knee on Frankie Edgar – and surely lands himself a title shot

American bantamweight needs just 28 seconds to lay down his credentials, and to lay out his opponent before telling champ Petr Yan ‘Fight me’.

American bantamweight needs just 28 seconds to lay down his credentials, and to lay out his opponent before telling champ Petr Yan ‘Fight me’.

UFC: Cory Sandhagen lands a brutal flying knee on Frankie Edgar – and surely lands himself a title shot
7 Feb 2021 - 12:48PM
UFC 257: Dustin Poirier TKOs Conor McGregor, and declares ‘if Khabib’s not coming back I’m the champ’

Dustin Poirier finishes Conor McGregor in second round of UFC 257 main event to underline claim for lightweight crown – ‘I felt like this was the title fight’.

Dustin Poirier finishes Conor McGregor in second round of UFC 257 main event to underline claim for lightweight crown – ‘I felt like this was the title fight’.

UFC 257: Dustin Poirier TKOs Conor McGregor, and declares ‘if Khabib’s not coming back I’m the champ’
24 Jan 2021 - 2:54PM
UFC 257: Michael Chandler TKOs Dan Hooker in first round, calls out Khabib Nurmagomedov

Former Bellator champ Michael Chandler’s UFC debut ends in stunning first-round TKO of Dan Hooker, and signals new star has arrived.

Former Bellator champ Michael Chandler’s UFC debut ends in stunning first-round TKO of Dan Hooker, and signals new star has arrived.

UFC 257: Michael Chandler TKOs Dan Hooker in first round, calls out Khabib Nurmagomedov
24 Jan 2021 - 1:50PM
UFC: ‘The Tibetan Eagle’ Su Mudaerji flies high on Fight Island with third straight win

Rising Chinese flyweight star Su Mudaerji ducks and weaves and lands enough for a unanimous decision over Zarrukh Adashev at UFC Fight Island 8.

Rising Chinese flyweight star Su Mudaerji ducks and weaves and lands enough for a unanimous decision over Zarrukh Adashev at UFC Fight Island 8.

UFC: ‘The Tibetan Eagle’ Su Mudaerji flies high on Fight Island with third straight win
21 Jan 2021 - 7:38AM
UFC: ‘The Tibetan Eagle’ Su Mudaerji trains his ‘laser beam’ left hand on flyweights

Rising Chinese star Su Mudaerji returns to action against Zarrukh Adashev at UFC Fight Island 8, warning flyweight rivals ‘my speed is my strength’.

Rising Chinese star Su Mudaerji returns to action against Zarrukh Adashev at UFC Fight Island 8, warning flyweight rivals ‘my speed is my strength’.

UFC: ‘The Tibetan Eagle’ Su Mudaerji trains his ‘laser beam’ left hand on flyweights
19 Jan 2021 - 5:16PM
UFC: ‘The Leech’ Li Jingliang’s thunderous left lands biggest win of career – and US$50,000 bonus

Chinese veteran Li Jingliang lays Santiago Ponzinibbio low with a thunderous left hand at UFC Fight Island 7 to set himself towards welterweight top 15.

Chinese veteran Li Jingliang lays Santiago Ponzinibbio low with a thunderous left hand at UFC Fight Island 7 to set himself towards welterweight top 15.

UFC: ‘The Leech’ Li Jingliang’s thunderous left lands biggest win of career – and US$50,000 bonus
17 Jan 2021 - 8:28AM
UFC: Michael Bisping reflects on life, Hollywood aspirations, coaching dream … and his fear of the calf kick

UFC Hall of Famer turned analyst Michael Bisping opens up on his ‘pipe dream’ of acting and coaching aspirations, with new documentary to shed light on remarkable career.

UFC Hall of Famer turned analyst Michael Bisping opens up on his ‘pipe dream’ of acting and coaching aspirations, with new documentary to shed light on remarkable career.

UFC: Michael Bisping reflects on life, Hollywood aspirations, coaching dream … and his fear of the calf kick
16 Jan 2021 - 2:24PM
UFC: Zhang Weili vs Yan Xiaonan ‘China Derby’ would be 50-50, ‘The Leech’ says

China’s UFC veteran Li Jingliang lays out predictions for possible strawweight title clash between compatriots – ‘Zhang Weili is stronger, Yan Xiaonan’s striking more accurate’.

China’s UFC veteran Li Jingliang lays out predictions for possible strawweight title clash between compatriots – ‘Zhang Weili is stronger, Yan Xiaonan’s striking more accurate’.

UFC: Zhang Weili vs Yan Xiaonan ‘China Derby’ would be 50-50, ‘The Leech’ says
15 Jan 2021 - 3:41PM
UFC: Wu Yanan says China’s rising female MMA stars ‘can be champions and be pretty too’

Wu ‘Mulan’ Yanan back to bantamweight at UFC Fight Island 7 on Sunday, and says ‘what a man can do, I can too. But I don’t need to be acting like a man’.

Wu ‘Mulan’ Yanan back to bantamweight at UFC Fight Island 7 on Sunday, and says ‘what a man can do, I can too. But I don’t need to be acting like a man’.

UFC: Wu Yanan says China’s rising female MMA stars ‘can be champions and be pretty too’
15 Jan 2021 - 11:05AM
UFC: ‘The Leech’ Li Jingliang faces crunch time against ‘dangerous’ Santiago Ponzinibbio

Veteran Chinese welterweight Li Jingliang looks to get back on course for top-15 ranking against Santiago Ponzinibbio, and says ‘I realise how important this fight is for me’.

Veteran Chinese welterweight Li Jingliang looks to get back on course for top-15 ranking against Santiago Ponzinibbio, and says ‘I realise how important this fight is for me’.

UFC: ‘The Leech’ Li Jingliang faces crunch time against ‘dangerous’ Santiago Ponzinibbio
13 Jan 2021 - 11:38AM
Hong Kong MMA fighter Ramona Pascual back at UFC Academy in Shanghai – ‘I just want to fight’

Ramona Pascual looks to get back in the MMA cage in January after returning to the UFC’s Shanghai Performance Institute, following 12 months of spinning her wheels.

Ramona Pascual looks to get back in the MMA cage in January after returning to the UFC’s Shanghai Performance Institute, following 12 months of spinning her wheels.

Hong Kong MMA fighter Ramona Pascual back at UFC Academy in Shanghai – ‘I just want to fight’
1 Jan 2021 - 10:39PM
UFC: how the rise of Hong Kong’s Sasha Palatnikov brought light to dark Covid-19 year

Coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on sporting world but there were opportunities for some like never before – step forward Hong Kong’s Sasha Palatnikov.

Coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on sporting world but there were opportunities for some like never before – step forward Hong Kong’s Sasha Palatnikov.

UFC: how the rise of Hong Kong’s Sasha Palatnikov brought light to dark Covid-19 year
30 Dec 2020 - 4:15PM
UFC: Zhang Weili’s ‘pivotal moment’ vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk caps breakout year for Chinese fighters

UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili’s heroics in Fight of the Year front runner against Joanna Jedrzejczyk leads a strong surge from Chinese fighters in 2020.

UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili’s heroics in Fight of the Year front runner against Joanna Jedrzejczyk leads a strong surge from Chinese fighters in 2020.

UFC: Zhang Weili’s ‘pivotal moment’ vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk caps breakout year for Chinese fighters
29 Dec 2020 - 8:39PM
Rizin’s Horiguchi-Asakura blockbuster to bring curtain down on tumultuous 12 months for Asian MMA

ONE Championship and Rizin find ways to stage fights in Asia despite global pandemic, but UFC’s plans for Dana White’s Contender Series Asia on hold amid cloud of uncertainty.

ONE Championship and Rizin find ways to stage fights in Asia despite global pandemic, but UFC’s plans for Dana White’s Contender Series Asia on hold amid cloud of uncertainty.

Rizin’s Horiguchi-Asakura blockbuster to bring curtain down on tumultuous 12 months for Asian MMA
28 Dec 2020 - 10:26PM
UFC: Yan Xiaonan, Kanako Murata, Loma Lookboonmee lead new wave of Asian female fighters on rise in 2021

China’s Yan Xiaonan, Japan’s Kanako Murata and Thailand’s Loma Lookboonmee waiting in the wings to follow – and challenge – UFC strawweight queen Zhang Weili.

China’s Yan Xiaonan, Japan’s Kanako Murata and Thailand’s Loma Lookboonmee waiting in the wings to follow – and challenge – UFC strawweight queen Zhang Weili.

UFC: Yan Xiaonan, Kanako Murata, Loma Lookboonmee lead new wave of Asian female fighters on rise in 2021
27 Dec 2020 - 9:08AM
ONE Championship: five storylines to watch in 2021 as Garry Tonon, Demetrious Johnson go for gold

Garry Tonon and Demetrious Johnson go for gold, as Aung La N Sang chases redemption – here’s what to look forward to in ONE Championship in 2021.

Garry Tonon and Demetrious Johnson go for gold, as Aung La N Sang chases redemption – here’s what to look forward to in ONE Championship in 2021.

ONE Championship: five storylines to watch in 2021 as Garry Tonon, Demetrious Johnson go for gold
26 Dec 2020 - 9:00AM
UFC: Michael Bisping predicts ‘Chito’ Vera wins title in 2021; picks his fighter and fight of the year

UFC Hall of Famer/commentator Michael Bisping gives his picks for fighter and fight of the year in 2020, and thinks Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera is destined for bantamweight greatness.

UFC Hall of Famer/commentator Michael Bisping gives his picks for fighter and fight of the year in 2020, and thinks Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera is destined for bantamweight greatness.

UFC: Michael Bisping predicts ‘Chito’ Vera wins title in 2021; picks his fighter and fight of the year
18 Dec 2020 - 7:00PM
UFC: Michael Bisping warns Khaos Williams ‘don’t be like Vitor Belfort’

UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping tells rising star Khaos Williams that ‘Vitor Belfort was really good when it was going his way, but now and then you’re going to get your arse kicked’.

UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping tells rising star Khaos Williams that ‘Vitor Belfort was really good when it was going his way, but now and then you’re going to get your arse kicked’.

UFC: Michael Bisping warns Khaos Williams ‘don’t be like Vitor Belfort’
18 Dec 2020 - 3:00PM
UFC 256: Dana White lauds ‘greatest fight in flyweight history’ as Deiveson Figueiredo, Brandon Moreno battle to draw

Majority draw means Deiveson Figueiredo keeps his flyweight title but Brandon Moreno gives as good as he gets in UFC 256 main event, as rematch looms in 2021.

Majority draw means Deiveson Figueiredo keeps his flyweight title but Brandon Moreno gives as good as he gets in UFC 256 main event, as rematch looms in 2021.

UFC 256: Dana White lauds ‘greatest fight in flyweight history’ as Deiveson Figueiredo, Brandon Moreno battle to draw
13 Dec 2020 - 3:31PM
UFC 256: Charles Oliveira’s utter domination of Tony Ferguson brings title shot one step closer

Charles Oliveira moves into pole position in lightweight division with masterclass against Tony Ferguson at UFC 256 – ‘you tell me, who’s dominated him like that?’

Charles Oliveira moves into pole position in lightweight division with masterclass against Tony Ferguson at UFC 256 – ‘you tell me, who’s dominated him like that?’

UFC 256: Charles Oliveira’s utter domination of Tony Ferguson brings title shot one step closer
13 Dec 2020 - 3:31PM
UFC 256: Rafael Fiziev gets first-round KO of Renato Moicano as Vegas pays dividends

Tiger Muay Thai stand-out Rafael Fiziev lands ferocious combination on way to third straight victory in UFC, and warns lightweight division – ‘guys, train more, I’m coming’.

Tiger Muay Thai stand-out Rafael Fiziev lands ferocious combination on way to third straight victory in UFC, and warns lightweight division – ‘guys, train more, I’m coming’.

UFC 256: Rafael Fiziev gets first-round KO of Renato Moicano as Vegas pays dividends
13 Dec 2020 - 10:03PM
UFC 256: Rafael Fiziev says Renato Moicano presents his greatest-ever challenge
11 Dec 2020 - 1:14PM
UFC: ‘The Tibetan Eagle’ soars as Su Mudaerji announces himself as a flyweight threat

China’s rising star needs just 44 seconds to lay waste to Canadian Malcolm Gordon at UFC Vegas 15

China’s rising star needs just 44 seconds to lay waste to Canadian Malcolm Gordon at UFC Vegas 15

UFC: ‘The Tibetan Eagle’ soars as Su Mudaerji announces himself as a flyweight threat
29 Nov 2020 - 9:00PM
UFC 255: Valentina Shevchenko’s domination continues as sisters shine, with Jessica Andrade next up for flyweight champ

Valentina Shevchenko has brief scare but raises her game to dominate Jennifer Maia, as Dana White looks to book UFC’s flyweight queen vs Jessica Andrade next.

Valentina Shevchenko has brief scare but raises her game to dominate Jennifer Maia, as Dana White looks to book UFC’s flyweight queen vs Jessica Andrade next.

UFC 255: Valentina Shevchenko’s domination continues as sisters shine, with Jessica Andrade next up for flyweight champ
22 Nov 2020 - 3:36PM
UFC: Rafael Dos Anjos takes the win but Paul Felder’s heroics steal the show

Brazilian calls for Conor McGregor, while Felder declares he’s still in the fight game; ‘when … you have nothing to lose, it makes it harder for your opponent’.

Brazilian calls for Conor McGregor, while Felder declares he’s still in the fight game; ‘when … you have nothing to lose, it makes it harder for your opponent’.

UFC: Rafael Dos Anjos takes the win but Paul Felder’s heroics steal the show
15 Nov 2020 - 7:39PM