MMA fighter Scott calls on Dundee firms to back quest for first professional title

A mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter is looking for the people of Dundee to get behind him in his quest for his first professional title.

Dundee MMA fighter Scott Malone

Ardler fighter Scott Malone will be competing in his fourth bout in the Cage Warriors promotion this spring.

Malone’s upcoming fight is against Jack Shore and is set to be beamed into millions of homes on April 27.

Jack Shore

Scott, 31, has been gearing up for this fight following a first round win on BT Sport against Josh Reed in December 2018.

The scaffolder said it had been “surreal” seeing his bout broadcast on a prime time national sports channel.

He said he will be going on a three-week training camp in California before he locks horns with the undefeated Shore in the spring.

Scott’s rise through the MMA ranks has been described as nothing short of incredible after initially starting the sport training as a way of conditioning himself.

The former judo champion has come a long way since taking up judo at the Kirkton Community Centre at the age of 10.

He is now eyeing up a title win and a bright future beyond the bout.

He said: “I’ll be going into Shore’s back garden, fighting him in Cardiff for the bantamweight title.

“It was surreal watching the last fight back on BT Sport which has given me this opportunity to win the title.

“I realise not everyone is familiar with the sport and some only have a limited knowledge about it.

“Cage Warriors is like the Europa League and the UFC is like the Champions League, if I was to give a comparison.

“Fighters like Connor McGregor have progressed through Cage Warriors and moved to the UFC.”

Connor McGregor

Scott revealed he is looking for local companies to help fund his quest.

He added: “I’ll be going over to California as part of the training and working with Team Alpha Male. They work with a number of top fighters including UFC stars.

“I’ve had great support from my home city already, supporting me in my amateur and professional bouts.

“The training and flight will cost over £2,000 so it would be great to get more sponsors on board locally, if we can. I’m hoping to win the title and bring a Cage Warrior event to Scotland.”