Mathew Scott

Mathew Scott

Mathew Scott is a Hong Kong-based journalist covering sports, cinema and culture while also working as a creative consultant.

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UFC: China’s ‘Mulan’ Wu Yanan has got her mind right for return

It’s easy to overlook the fact that Wu Yanan is just 25 years old, given everything the Chinese bantamweight has gone through both inside and outside the cage.

It’s easy to overlook the fact that Wu Yanan is just 25 years old, given everything the Chinese bantamweight has gone through both inside and outside the cage.

15 Apr 2022 - 11:40AM
UFC 273: Mackenzie Dern says getting punched in the face showed she belonged in the UFC

Mackenzie Dern returns to the cage this weekend on the blockbuster main card at UFC 273 out of Jacksonville, Florida, to face seventh-ranked American Tecia Torres.

Mackenzie Dern returns to the cage this weekend on the blockbuster main card at UFC 273 out of Jacksonville, Florida, to face seventh-ranked American Tecia Torres.

7 Apr 2022 - 1:30PM
UFC 275: Teixeira and Shevchenko put belts on line, promoter returns to Singapore with world title and PPV firsts for Asia

UFC 275 will take place at the Singapore Indoor Arena in June, and the likes of Glover Teixeira and Valentina Shevchenko will defend their crowns at an event that will be a pay-per-view first for the region.

UFC 275 will take place at the Singapore Indoor Arena in June, and the likes of Glover Teixeira and Valentina Shevchenko will defend their crowns at an event that will be a pay-per-view first for the region.

29 Mar 2022 - 9:30PM
Formula One: Zhou Guanyu finds inspiration from ‘friend’ Fernando Alonso – ‘he’s the guy I looked up to most’

‘He’s always open to chatting,’ China’s first full-time F1 driver says of Spanish legend – ‘he’s the guy I looked up to most, and to have him as a friend is really special’.

‘He’s always open to chatting,’ China’s first full-time F1 driver says of Spanish legend – ‘he’s the guy I looked up to most, and to have him as a friend is really special’.

19 Mar 2022 - 8:15AM
F1: Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu has what it takes to succeed, says China veteran Ma Qinghua

Ma Qinghua was the first Chinese driver to join Formula One and says the experience was ‘like nothing else on earth’.

Ma Qinghua was the first Chinese driver to join Formula One and says the experience was ‘like nothing else on earth’.

15 Mar 2022 - 5:45PM
How Formula 1 driver Zhou Guanyu is helping accelerate the rise of Chinese motorsport

Sport’s boss in mainland China points to more regular racing, big plans for the future – and the rise of a local F1 hero.

Sport’s boss in mainland China points to more regular racing, big plans for the future – and the rise of a local F1 hero.

14 Mar 2022 - 4:30PM
UFC Fight Night 203: China’s Song Yadong faces toughest test yet in Brazilian Marlon Moraes

Chinese bantamweight star Song Yadong takes on former title contender Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 203. Win, and a run towards a possible title shot awaits the 24-year-old from Harbin.

Chinese bantamweight star Song Yadong takes on former title contender Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 203. Win, and a run towards a possible title shot awaits the 24-year-old from Harbin.

11 Mar 2022 - 10:50AM
UFC 272: China’s Yan Xiaonan sets sights on a title shot with a win over Marina Rodriguez

No 4-ranked strawweight faces Marina Rodriguez on Saturday night and says ‘this is why we fight’ as she prepares for packed T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

No 4-ranked strawweight faces Marina Rodriguez on Saturday night and says ‘this is why we fight’ as she prepares for packed T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

2 Mar 2022 - 6:55PM
UFC: China’s Rong Zhu poised to cash in on potential Fight of the Night bonus

Chinese lightweight prospect Rong Zhu will be chasing a knockout and the bonus money that he hopes will come with it, when he meets Ignacio Bahamondes at UFC Vegas 49 this weekend.

Chinese lightweight prospect Rong Zhu will be chasing a knockout and the bonus money that he hopes will come with it, when he meets Ignacio Bahamondes at UFC Vegas 49 this weekend.

25 Feb 2022 - 2:15PM
UFC: Hong Kong fighter Ramona Pascual poised to make history and hopes this is just the beginning

Featherweight Ramona Pascual to become first woman from the city to fight in UFC when she faces Josiane Nunes in Las Vegas this weekend.

Featherweight Ramona Pascual to become first woman from the city to fight in UFC when she faces Josiane Nunes in Las Vegas this weekend.

25 Feb 2022 - 5:43AM
UFC: ode to Baguio City’s fighting culture as Philippines-based Mark Striegl vows to bounce back from debut loss at Vegas 48

Featherweight returns to the cage to fight American Chas Skelly at UFC Vegas 48 on Sunday.

Featherweight returns to the cage to fight American Chas Skelly at UFC Vegas 48 on Sunday.

19 Feb 2022 - 11:36AM
Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu on the doubts, stress and mechanical failures that paved his rocky road to Formula One

China’s first full-time Formula 1 driver admits there were times of doubt and struggle before his historic signing by Alfa Romeo.

China’s first full-time Formula 1 driver admits there were times of doubt and struggle before his historic signing by Alfa Romeo.

11 Jan 2022 - 3:35PM
Chinese F1 driver Zhou Guanyu on toy cars, destiny, making history with Alfa Romeo, and why celebrations are on hold

Nation’s first full-time driver at top level talks about making history with Alfa Romeo, and why any celebrations have been put on hold.

Nation’s first full-time driver at top level talks about making history with Alfa Romeo, and why any celebrations have been put on hold.

3 Jan 2022 - 8:26AM
Record-breaking Golden Sixty does Hong Kong proud: ‘it means the world to me’

Francis Lui’s six-year-old becomes the first horse trained in the city to win 19 races as he goes back-to-back in the Group One Hong Kong Mile

Francis Lui’s six-year-old becomes the first horse trained in the city to win 19 races as he goes back-to-back in the Group One Hong Kong Mile

13 Dec 2021 - 12:05AM
‘Mixed emotions’ as Blake Shinn and Caspar Fownes take Hong Kong Sprint with Sky Field

The talented five-year-old comes out on top in Sunday’s Group One at Sha Tin in a race marred by a shocking fall

The talented five-year-old comes out on top in Sunday’s Group One at Sha Tin in a race marred by a shocking fall

12 Dec 2021 - 11:24PM
‘He’s the celebrity masterclass jockey’: Zac Purton’s brilliance on display before fall

The Australian puts on a show to win the first three races on international day before taking a bad turn in the Hong Kong Sprint

The Australian puts on a show to win the first three races on international day before taking a bad turn in the Hong Kong Sprint

12 Dec 2021 - 11:24PM
HKIR: Alain de Royer-Dupre chasing perfect Group One farewell with Ebaiyra

The brilliant French trainer has won feature races all over the planet and is looking to add one more to the collection before he retires at the end of the month

The brilliant French trainer has won feature races all over the planet and is looking to add one more to the collection before he retires at the end of the month

11 Dec 2021 - 4:01PM
Ebaiyra pleases Christophe Soumillon, Mother Earth tunes up for Golden Sixty showdown

Alain de Royer-Dupre’s charge moves fluently ahead of the Hong Kong Vase, while Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old looks fresh for the Mile

Alain de Royer-Dupre’s charge moves fluently ahead of the Hong Kong Vase, while Aidan O’Brien’s three-year-old looks fresh for the Mile

10 Dec 2021 - 8:27PM
HKIR: Reflective Yoshito Yahagi seeks perfect farewell for Loves Only You

After seeing the curtain come down on the career of the great Contrail, the enigmatic Japanese trainer is coming to terms with saying goodbye to another of his stars

After seeing the curtain come down on the career of the great Contrail, the enigmatic Japanese trainer is coming to terms with saying goodbye to another of his stars

10 Dec 2021 - 8:27PM
Japanese stars turn heads at Sha Tin as Hong Kong International Races build-up enters final stages

Danon Kingly and Hishi Iguazu work the house down while Pyledriver goes about his business on Thursday morning

Danon Kingly and Hishi Iguazu work the house down while Pyledriver goes about his business on Thursday morning

9 Dec 2021 - 9:36PM
Francis Lui happy with Golden Sixty’s Hong Kong Mile draw: ‘we can just let him go’

The reigning Horse of the Year jumps from barrier two, while local Sprint hope Wellington will have his work cut out from a wide alley

The reigning Horse of the Year jumps from barrier two, while local Sprint hope Wellington will have his work cut out from a wide alley

9 Dec 2021 - 4:46PM
David Hayes warms up for HKIR by snaring IJC trainers’ bonus

The Australian pockets an extra HK$200,000 at Happy Valley on Wednesday night as Awesome Treasure and Fearless Fire salute

The Australian pockets an extra HK$200,000 at Happy Valley on Wednesday night as Awesome Treasure and Fearless Fire salute

9 Dec 2021 - 3:57PM
Lyle Hewitson reaps IJC rewards before a shot is fired: ‘for a change I’ve got a very nice book’

After snaring a winner at Sha Tin on Sunday, the South African looks to continue the positive start to his second Hong Kong stint

After snaring a winner at Sha Tin on Sunday, the South African looks to continue the positive start to his second Hong Kong stint

7 Dec 2021 - 4:24PM
Hong Kong’s magnificent Mile: Sunline v Prawn the pinnacle of 30 years of brilliance

Golden Sixty chases back-to-back wins in a race with an honour roll boasting superstars such as Good Ba Ba, Jim And Tonic, Able Friend and Maurice

Golden Sixty chases back-to-back wins in a race with an honour roll boasting superstars such as Good Ba Ba, Jim And Tonic, Able Friend and Maurice

5 Dec 2021 - 1:35PM
Golden Sixty’s Kiwi connection enjoys the ride from afar: ‘he was an athlete from day one’

Sam Beatson from New Zealand’s Riversley Park remembers a yearling who ‘had the scope, the frame, a lot of quality and a great head’

Sam Beatson from New Zealand’s Riversley Park remembers a yearling who ‘had the scope, the frame, a lot of quality and a great head’

5 Dec 2021 - 7:55AM
James McDonald comes to Hong Kong riding the crest of a wave

The 29-year-old is in career-best form ahead of Wednesday night’s International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley

The 29-year-old is in career-best form ahead of Wednesday night’s International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley

4 Dec 2021 - 4:39PM
UFC: Brad Riddell against Rafael Fiziev is shaping up as fight of the year contender

Surging lightweights Brad Riddell and Rafael Fiziev will clash in co-main event of UFC Vegas 44 this weekend, with a likely top-10 ranking awaiting the winner.

Surging lightweights Brad Riddell and Rafael Fiziev will clash in co-main event of UFC Vegas 44 this weekend, with a likely top-10 ranking awaiting the winner.

2 Dec 2021 - 4:45PM
UFC Fight Night 198: Aori Qileng says Chinese fighters are learning fast as he looks for first win

‘The Mongolian Murderer’ returns to action in flyweight clash against American Cody Durden at UFC Fight Night 198.

‘The Mongolian Murderer’ returns to action in flyweight clash against American Cody Durden at UFC Fight Night 198.

20 Nov 2021 - 7:30AM
UFC: Thailand’s Loma Lookboonmee sharpens her mind as she prepares for return to battle

Rising strawweight Loma Lookboonmee takes on Mexico’s Lupita Godinez at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 198 in Las Vegas.

Rising strawweight Loma Lookboonmee takes on Mexico’s Lupita Godinez at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 198 in Las Vegas.

19 Nov 2021 - 11:32AM
UFC: China’s Song Yadong says his hands are ready and the top 10 is on his mind

Rising bantamweight star faces American Julio Arce at UFC Fight Night 197 on Saturday as he looks to climb the rankings.

Rising bantamweight star faces American Julio Arce at UFC Fight Night 197 on Saturday as he looks to climb the rankings.

12 Nov 2021 - 9:45PM