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: Zhang Weili tells Joanna Jedrzejczyk ‘I’ll fight you your way’ as title defence looms

UFC helping Chinese champion Zhang Weili get American visa so she can train with Duke Roufus, as she gets set to defend title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

6 Dec 2019 - 11:38PM

UFC helping Chinese champion Zhang Weili get American visa so she can train with Duke Roufus, as she gets set to defend title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

UFC: Zhang Weili tells Joanna Jedrzejczyk ‘I’ll fight you your way’ as title defence looms
UFC’s Zhang Weili provides the inspiration for Song Yadong – ‘I’m next,’ says rising Chinese star

‘Kung Fu Monkey’ Song Yadong says first Chinese UFC champion Zhang Weili ‘showed me I can do it as well’ as he returns to Octagon to face Cody Stamann.

27 Nov 2019 - 1:01PM

‘Kung Fu Monkey’ Song Yadong says first Chinese UFC champion Zhang Weili ‘showed me I can do it as well’ as he returns to Octagon to face Cody Stamann.

UFC’s Zhang Weili provides the inspiration for Song Yadong – ‘I’m next,’ says rising Chinese star
UFC’s Zhang Weili gives Hong Kong MMA star Ramona Pascual seal of approval for 26-second TKO

UFC Academy guides Ramona Pascual back to victory after two years out injured, and Chinese strawweight champion is on hand to give her seal of approval.

20 Nov 2019 - 3:58PM

UFC Academy guides Ramona Pascual back to victory after two years out injured, and Chinese strawweight champion is on hand to give her seal of approval.

UFC’s Zhang Weili gives Hong Kong MMA star Ramona Pascual seal of approval for 26-second TKO
Hong Kong’s UFC academy star Ramona Pascual returns to cage for ‘biggest moment of my career’

Six months at UFC Performance Institute Shanghai has Ramona Pascual raring to go after ‘so many hard times thinking I would never fight again’.

14 Nov 2019 - 10:03PM

Six months at UFC Performance Institute Shanghai has Ramona Pascual raring to go after ‘so many hard times thinking I would never fight again’.

Hong Kong’s UFC academy star Ramona Pascual returns to cage for ‘biggest moment of my career’
UFC: Dana White’s Contender Series gets Asian edition out of Shanghai performance institute

Show will be based out of UFC’s Shanghai performance institute and is set to launch in 2020, with contracts up for grabs for male and female fighters across 11 weight classes.

31 Oct 2019 - 9:19AM

Show will be based out of UFC’s Shanghai performance institute and is set to launch in 2020, with contracts up for grabs for male and female fighters across 11 weight classes.

UFC: Dana White’s Contender Series gets Asian edition out of Shanghai performance institute
The Takedown | Ben Askren’s UFC career is just warming up – retiring now would be the ultimate tap out

‘Funky’ has been thrown in at the deep end by his bosses, but Demian Maia defeat shows he’s adapting to rise in class that comes with switch to the UFC, and he’s a quick learner.

30 Oct 2019 - 4:27PM

‘Funky’ has been thrown in at the deep end by his bosses, but Demian Maia defeat shows he’s adapting to rise in class that comes with switch to the UFC, and he’s a quick learner.

Ben Askren’s UFC career is just warming up – retiring now would be the ultimate tap out
UFC: Ben Askren taps to Demian Maia’s rear-naked choke in third round in Singapore

Demian Maia hands Askren the first submission defeat of his career in the main event of UFC Fight Night 162 Singapore.

26 Oct 2019 - 11:55PM

Demian Maia hands Askren the first submission defeat of his career in the main event of UFC Fight Night 162 Singapore.

UFC: Ben Askren taps to Demian Maia’s rear-naked choke in third round in Singapore
First Thai fighter in UFC, Loma Lookboonmee takes first win – and celebrates with first ever beer

‘Having my parents watch their daughter fight in the largest organisation in the world and winning is the biggest gift I could ever receive,’ says Loma Lookboonmee.

26 Oct 2019 - 8:03PM

‘Having my parents watch their daughter fight in the largest organisation in the world and winning is the biggest gift I could ever receive,’ says Loma Lookboonmee.

First Thai fighter in UFC, Loma Lookboonmee takes first win – and celebrates with first ever beer
UFC: Ben Askren partied to move on from Masvidal – ‘there was no time to waste sitting in my room crying’

‘That night I went to the after party. The next day I went to a pool party … There was no time to waste sitting in my room crying,’ says Askren.

24 Oct 2019 - 9:03PM

‘That night I went to the after party. The next day I went to a pool party … There was no time to waste sitting in my room crying,’ says Askren.

UFC: Ben Askren partied to move on from Masvidal – ‘there was no time to waste sitting in my room crying’
UFC: Loma Lookboonmee’s remarkable rise from badlands of Thailand to shining lights of Singapore

From the dusty fields surrounding her family farm in Buriram, Muay Thai hero Loma Lookboonmee adds another chapter to her storied martial arts career.

23 Oct 2019 - 2:02PM

From the dusty fields surrounding her family farm in Buriram, Muay Thai hero Loma Lookboonmee adds another chapter to her storied martial arts career.

UFC: Loma Lookboonmee’s remarkable rise from badlands of Thailand to shining lights of Singapore
Made in China: how UFC champ Israel Adesanya was forged in the backblocks of the Middle Kingdom

‘China took me to heart,’ says the UFC’s new middleweight king. ‘They started calling me the Black Dragon and I started winning.’

7 Oct 2019 - 4:07PM

‘China took me to heart,’ says the UFC’s new middleweight king. ‘They started calling me the Black Dragon and I started winning.’

Made in China: how UFC champ Israel Adesanya was forged in the backblocks of the Middle Kingdom
UFC Shenzhen: Li Jingliang says Chinese MMA is finally catching up ahead of historic Fight Night 157

‘There are many gyms teaching but they’re teaching the wrong way,’ admits Li Jingliang, but UFC star insists change is in the air and ‘we’re all getting better’.

30 Aug 2019 - 7:39PM

‘There are many gyms teaching but they’re teaching the wrong way,’ admits Li Jingliang, but UFC star insists change is in the air and ‘we’re all getting better’.

UFC Shenzhen: Li Jingliang says Chinese MMA is finally catching up ahead of historic Fight Night 157
UFC Fight Night Shenzhen: Zhang Weili has world within reach but Jessica Andrade out to kill the Chinese dream

Zhang Weili’s preparations perfect for shot at history-making first UFC title but Brazilian champion says ‘I don’t train to go the distance, I train to finish fights’

30 Aug 2019 - 10:03AM

Zhang Weili’s preparations perfect for shot at history-making first UFC title but Brazilian champion says ‘I don’t train to go the distance, I train to finish fights’

UFC Fight Night Shenzhen: Zhang Weili has world within reach but Jessica Andrade out to kill the Chinese dream
UFC: Kelvin Gastelum has one eye on return, and other on settling a score with Israel Adesanya

The 27-year-old ‘selfishly’ wants Israel Adesanya to beat Robert Whittaker ‘so I can take the title from him’ after stewing over every detail of heartbreaking loss.

29 Jul 2019 - 9:15PM

The 27-year-old ‘selfishly’ wants Israel Adesanya to beat Robert Whittaker ‘so I can take the title from him’ after stewing over every detail of heartbreaking loss.

UFC: Kelvin Gastelum has one eye on return, and other on settling a score with Israel Adesanya
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Bruce Lee’s impact thrust back into spotlight by Quentin Tarantino

Latest opus from maverick filmmaker features cameo from martial arts legend, in nod to impact ‘Little Dragon’ was starting to have in Hollywood in late 1960s.

25 Jul 2019 - 4:48PM

Latest opus from maverick filmmaker features cameo from martial arts legend, in nod to impact ‘Little Dragon’ was starting to have in Hollywood in late 1960s.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Bruce Lee’s impact thrust back into spotlight by Quentin Tarantino
One Championship: Bi Nguyen stung by judges in sensational split decision loss

Bi Nguyen baffled after losing split decision to Myanmar boxer Bozhena Antoniyar in Kuala Lumpur – ‘I thought I won … I don’t think that was a close fight’

13 Jul 2019 - 5:49AM

Bi Nguyen baffled after losing split decision to Myanmar boxer Bozhena Antoniyar in Kuala Lumpur – ‘I thought I won … I don’t think that was a close fight’

One Championship: Bi Nguyen stung by judges in sensational split decision loss
UFC 239: China’s Song Yadong – inspired by Jet Li and the Monkey King – is out to conquer the world

‘Kung Fu Monkey’ trained outside Shaolin Temple as a child before turning up at Team Alpha Male – and Hall of Famer Urijah Faber is his biggest fan.

17 Jul 2019 - 3:18PM

‘Kung Fu Monkey’ trained outside Shaolin Temple as a child before turning up at Team Alpha Male – and Hall of Famer Urijah Faber is his biggest fan.

UFC 239: China’s Song Yadong – inspired by Jet Li and the Monkey King – is out to conquer the world
UFC’s Shanghai Performance Institute opens, aiming to give China – and Asia – a cutting edge

Dana White, the UFC president, says he dreams about a Chinese champion – ‘and this is the place that can make a difference’.

20 Jun 2019 - 8:05PM

Dana White, the UFC president, says he dreams about a Chinese champion – ‘and this is the place that can make a difference’.

UFC’s Shanghai Performance Institute opens, aiming to give China – and Asia – a cutting edge
One Championship: Chinese ‘Panda’ Xiong Jingnan is coming for Angela Lee’s atomweight title

Xiong Jingnan is plotting ‘Unstoppable’ Lee’s downfall once again inside the One Championship Circle, and is looking to add more firepower to her arsenal.

19 Jun 2019 - 6:33PM

Xiong Jingnan is plotting ‘Unstoppable’ Lee’s downfall once again inside the One Championship Circle, and is looking to add more firepower to her arsenal.

One Championship: Chinese ‘Panda’ Xiong Jingnan is coming for Angela Lee’s atomweight title
UFC Shenzhen: who is Zhang Weili, the Chinese fighter facing Jessica Andrade for the strawweight title?

From schoolyard bully-basher to MMA warrior, 'Magnum' wants to inspire Chinese women as August title date in Shenzhen crowns meteoric rise.

13 Jun 2019 - 6:09PM

From schoolyard bully-basher to MMA warrior, 'Magnum' wants to inspire Chinese women as August title date in Shenzhen crowns meteoric rise.

UFC Shenzhen: who is Zhang Weili, the Chinese fighter facing Jessica Andrade for the strawweight title?
Zhang Weili gets China’s first UFC title shot, jumping queue to face Jessica Andrade in Shenzhen

Brazilian champion Jessica Andrade to make first strawweight defence against rising Chinese star on August 31, with verbal agreements reportedly in place.

12 Jun 2019 - 10:37PM

Brazilian champion Jessica Andrade to make first strawweight defence against rising Chinese star on August 31, with verbal agreements reportedly in place.

Zhang Weili gets China’s first UFC title shot, jumping queue to face Jessica Andrade in Shenzhen
How Muay Thai is helping Parkinson’s patients stand up to the disease

At the KF1 Gym in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district, a unique initiative has seen a group of Parkinson’s patients take up Muay Thai. The sessions focus on four things Parkinson’s sufferers often lose: confidence, balance, fitness and spirit.

18 Jun 2019 - 2:17PM

At the KF1 Gym in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district, a unique initiative has seen a group of Parkinson’s patients take up Muay Thai. The sessions focus on four things Parkinson’s sufferers often lose: confidence, balance, fitness and spirit.

How Muay Thai is helping Parkinson’s patients stand up to the disease
UFC 238: Yan Xiaonan survives Angela ‘Overkill’ Hill to strike a blow for China with fourth straight victory

Chinese fighter shrugs off triangle choke to overpower Angela Hill

9 Jun 2019 - 10:54PM

Chinese fighter shrugs off triangle choke to overpower Angela Hill

UFC 238: Yan Xiaonan survives Angela ‘Overkill’ Hill to strike a blow for China with fourth straight victory
UFC 238: China’s Yan Xiaonan set to unleash the ‘Fury’ on Chicago card stacked with stars

Chinese strawweight Yan Xiaonan eyes her first UFC finish against American Angela ‘Overkill’ Hill on US debut.

6 Jun 2019 - 9:34AM

Chinese strawweight Yan Xiaonan eyes her first UFC finish against American Angela ‘Overkill’ Hill on US debut.

UFC 238: China’s Yan Xiaonan set to unleash the ‘Fury’ on Chicago card stacked with stars
In Bruce Lee's footsteps: fearsome fighters who defined Hong Kong as an MMA epicentre

The Full Contact Boxing league gave rise to some of the toughest men in the city during the 1980s, who delighted fans and took on all-comers.

13 Nov 2019 - 4:31PM

The Full Contact Boxing league gave rise to some of the toughest men in the city during the 1980s, who delighted fans and took on all-comers.

In Bruce Lee's footsteps: fearsome fighters who defined Hong Kong as an MMA epicentre
How Hong Kong’s long-lost fight club was confined to history

The city had its own groundbreaking competition, the Full Contact Boxing promotion, many years before MMA swept the globe

23 May 2019 - 7:29PM

The city had its own groundbreaking competition, the Full Contact Boxing promotion, many years before MMA swept the globe

How Hong Kong’s long-lost fight club was confined to history
Bruce Lee and the Hong Kong fights that helped shape modern MMA

Relive the time thousands travelled from Hong Kong to Macau to watch a ‘death duel’, the first martial arts ‘super fight’ which gave rise to Bruce Lee’s interest in free-form combat.

13 Nov 2019 - 4:23PM

Relive the time thousands travelled from Hong Kong to Macau to watch a ‘death duel’, the first martial arts ‘super fight’ which gave rise to Bruce Lee’s interest in free-form combat.

Bruce Lee and the Hong Kong fights that helped shape modern MMA
Scot who’s taught Bruce Lee’s jeet kune do fighting style all his life on the actor’s legacy

As a teenager Tommy Carruthers taught himself to fight like Lee, and has since preached the benefits of jeet kune do to pupils around the world. ‘These days every movie you see has martial arts in it, and that’s because of Bruce Lee,’ he says.

21 Jun 2019 - 4:12PM

As a teenager Tommy Carruthers taught himself to fight like Lee, and has since preached the benefits of jeet kune do to pupils around the world. ‘These days every movie you see has martial arts in it, and that’s because of Bruce Lee,’ he says.

Scot who’s taught Bruce Lee’s jeet kune do fighting style all his life on the actor’s legacy
‘Grandfather of MMA’ Bruce Lee and his starring role in the birth of modern mixed martial arts

Hong Kong martial artist Bruce Lee was many MMA fighters’ first exposure to mixing various disciplines, and a one-minute scene in film ‘Enter the Dragon’ is considered a seminal moment in the sport’s development

13 Nov 2019 - 11:17AM

Hong Kong martial artist Bruce Lee was many MMA fighters’ first exposure to mixing various disciplines, and a one-minute scene in film ‘Enter the Dragon’ is considered a seminal moment in the sport’s development

‘Grandfather of MMA’ Bruce Lee and his starring role in the birth of modern mixed martial arts
UFC returns to China: three Chinese fighters and the fights we’d love to see in Shenzhen

American promotion returns for its third China date in August following most recent China event in Beijing last November

21 May 2019 - 12:55PM

American promotion returns for its third China date in August following most recent China event in Beijing last November

UFC returns to China: three Chinese fighters and the fights we’d love to see in Shenzhen