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.
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.

Latest from Mathew Scott

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
Hong Kong hard-knocks: the fearsome fighters who defined an era when the city was MMA epicentre

The Full Contact Boxing league gave rise to some of the toughest men in the city during the 1980s

24 May 2019 - 12:28PM

The Full Contact Boxing league gave rise to some of the toughest men in the city during the 1980s

Hong Kong hard-knocks: the fearsome fighters who defined an era when the city was 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
Fights that brought Hong Kong to a halt: three contests that helped shape modern MMA

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

24 May 2019 - 11:12AM

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

Fights that brought Hong Kong to a halt: three contests 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 was many 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

21 Jun 2019 - 4:15PM

Hong Kong martial artist was many 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
The facts about smoking: health risks, how many die, e-cigarettes, and what it takes to quit

From smoking deaths to the heart attack risks from vaping to how cigarettes affect your sex drive, it’s all here.

21 May 2019 - 2:22AM

From smoking deaths to the heart attack risks from vaping to how cigarettes affect your sex drive, it’s all here.

The facts about smoking: health risks, how many die, e-cigarettes, and what it takes to quit
Did MMA originate in Hong Kong? Bruce Lee character in new Quentin Tarantino movie inspires investigation into roots of sport

SCMP launches an investigation into Bruce Lee, who was part of a vibrant fighting scene in the city long before the dawn of UFC, and the roots of what is now known as MMA

21 Jun 2019 - 4:19PM

SCMP launches an investigation into Bruce Lee, who was part of a vibrant fighting scene in the city long before the dawn of UFC, and the roots of what is now known as MMA

Did MMA originate in Hong Kong? Bruce Lee character in new Quentin Tarantino movie inspires investigation into roots of sport
Smoking vs vaping: the debate continues, and experts offer ways to reduce health damage

Vaping is either a tool for quitting smoking that does less damage than cigarettes, or just another harmful tobacco product. The Hong Kong government proposes banning the sale or promotion of e-cigarettes and products.

20 May 2019 - 7:25PM

Vaping is either a tool for quitting smoking that does less damage than cigarettes, or just another harmful tobacco product. The Hong Kong government proposes banning the sale or promotion of e-cigarettes and products.

Smoking vs vaping: the debate continues, and experts offer ways to reduce health damage
One Championship: ‘Survivor’ star Bi ‘Killer Bee’ Nguyen in smashing Manila debut as home hero Joshua Pacio reclaims title

The former reality TV personality punishes Indonesia’s Dwi Ani Retno Wulan to win their atomweight clash 3:55 in the first round

13 Apr 2019 - 12:27AM

The former reality TV personality punishes Indonesia’s Dwi Ani Retno Wulan to win their atomweight clash 3:55 in the first round

One Championship: ‘Survivor’ star Bi ‘Killer Bee’ Nguyen in smashing Manila debut as home hero Joshua Pacio reclaims title
Xiong Jingnan’s decision to switch to MMA justified as she takes One Championship crown and becomes its latest poster girl

Beijing-native was struggling in boxing world before the move to MMA and she claimed One Championship title after thrilling win over Angela Lee in Tokyo

12 Apr 2019 - 11:43AM

Beijing-native was struggling in boxing world before the move to MMA and she claimed One Championship title after thrilling win over Angela Lee in Tokyo

Xiong Jingnan’s decision to switch to MMA justified as she takes One Championship crown and becomes its latest poster girl
Survivor star Bi Nguyen primed and ready for One Championship debut in Manila

Bi Nguyen has a 4-3 fight record as she makes her One debut at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena

12 Apr 2019 - 8:02AM

Bi Nguyen has a 4-3 fight record as she makes her One debut at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena

Survivor star Bi Nguyen primed and ready for One Championship debut in Manila
One Championship: Manila’s turn to join the party as Martin Nguyen puts title on the line

The ‘Situ-Asian’ was among the crowd in Japan but returns to the ring to fight for his belt on Friday

10 Apr 2019 - 9:13PM

The ‘Situ-Asian’ was among the crowd in Japan but returns to the ring to fight for his belt on Friday

One Championship: Manila’s turn to join the party as Martin Nguyen puts title on the line
Hong Kong Sevens: five-star Fiji down France to claim record-breaking win

Team with eight newcomers rises to the occasion in 21-7 Cup final win in Hong Kong Stadium.

7 Apr 2019 - 11:25PM

Team with eight newcomers rises to the occasion in 21-7 Cup final win in Hong Kong Stadium.

Hong Kong Sevens: five-star Fiji down France to claim record-breaking win
Hong Kong Sevens: Fiji unearth another star on unbeaten run to Cup quarter-finals

Livai Ikanikoda shines on his first appearance at the home of sevens after a long absence from the World Series.

6 Apr 2019 - 11:10PM

Livai Ikanikoda shines on his first appearance at the home of sevens after a long absence from the World Series.

Hong Kong Sevens: Fiji unearth another star on unbeaten run to Cup quarter-finals
Working with a purpose: change makers take conscious living movement into the workplace

Conscious consumers think about what they do in life, and why. Extend that to work, and California health-drinks start-up founder says people want to work for businesses that share their values.

9 Apr 2019 - 11:03AM

Conscious consumers think about what they do in life, and why. Extend that to work, and California health-drinks start-up founder says people want to work for businesses that share their values.

Working with a purpose: change makers take conscious living movement into the workplace
Hong Kong Sevens: New Zealand and Australia pay emotional tribute to shooting victims

Hearts are touched and fingers pointed to the sky after tries and conversions in clash of two arch-rivals

5 Apr 2019 - 11:39PM

Hearts are touched and fingers pointed to the sky after tries and conversions in clash of two arch-rivals

Hong Kong Sevens: New Zealand and Australia pay emotional tribute to shooting victims
From the slums of Sao Paulo to the glamour of the World Sevens Series, Brazilian Bianca Dos Santos Silva is running her way to the top

Bianca Dos Santos Silva untouchable as Brazil win qualifier and secure return to women’s series next season.

6 Apr 2019 - 1:11PM

Bianca Dos Santos Silva untouchable as Brazil win qualifier and secure return to women’s series next season.

From the slums of Sao Paulo to the glamour of the World Sevens Series, Brazilian Bianca Dos Santos Silva is running her way to the top
Gender equality in sport is ‘still about 10 years away’ says Rugby Australia CEO on eve of Hong Kong Sevens

‘We want to get women into the mix now, and in the future the conversation will only be about who is capable and who is not,’ says KPMG director

5 Apr 2019 - 10:22AM

‘We want to get women into the mix now, and in the future the conversation will only be about who is capable and who is not,’ says KPMG director

Gender equality in sport is ‘still about 10 years away’ says Rugby Australia CEO on eve of Hong Kong Sevens
Hong Kong Sevens: ‘group of death’ coaches all have high hopes of progressing from pool stage

Fiji, New Zealand and Australia have between them won 33 of the 43 editions of the event

5 Apr 2019 - 8:24AM

Fiji, New Zealand and Australia have between them won 33 of the 43 editions of the event

Hong Kong Sevens: ‘group of death’ coaches all have high hopes of progressing from pool stage
Hong Kong Sevens: Olympic qualification goal is causing all the upsets, says Fiji coach Gareth Baber

USA are surprise leaders of the World Series after six legs

3 Apr 2019 - 10:52PM

USA are surprise leaders of the World Series after six legs

Hong Kong Sevens: Olympic qualification goal is causing all the upsets, says Fiji coach Gareth Baber
Hong Kong Sevens: Japan coach looking to give the sport a shot in the arm ahead of Rugby World Cup

Japan will host the Rugby World Cup for the first time later this year

2 Apr 2019 - 3:00PM

Japan will host the Rugby World Cup for the first time later this year

Hong Kong Sevens: Japan coach looking to give the sport a shot in the arm ahead of Rugby World Cup
One Championship: Angela Lee’s road to redemption after Xiong Jingnan defeat should be quick

Queen of Asian MMA has the time and talent to bounce back from TKO defeat to Chinese ‘Panda’ Xiong Jingnan – and she need look no further for inspiration than Shinya Aoki

21 Jun 2019 - 5:08PM

Queen of Asian MMA has the time and talent to bounce back from TKO defeat to Chinese ‘Panda’ Xiong Jingnan – and she need look no further for inspiration than Shinya Aoki

One Championship: Angela Lee’s road to redemption after Xiong Jingnan defeat should be quick