Scott Askham has started his professional career by storm going undefeated in eight fights. He has finished seven of them and is gunning for the top. He makes his BAMMA debut at BAMMA 12 against Kevin Thompson in a middleweight bout. Scott took some time out to speak about signing with BAMMA and his upcoming fight.
Hi Scott, thanks for taking the time to do this. Can you tell people a little about yourself?
“Hi my name is Scott Askham, I am 24 years old and I am fighting out of Ludus Magnus in Doncaster. I have been training MMA for the last six years and turned pro in October 2010. My professional record to date is 8-0-0 (6TKO’s and 1 sub)”.
You are making your BAMMA debut at BAMMA 12. How does it feel to be fighting for them?
“BAMMA is a top organization in the UK and I feel excited to be apart of their show. BAMMA 12 is shaping up to be a great show and I am glad to be apart of it. It is a great opportunity and I am Looking forward to going up to Newcastle to make my BAMMA debut”.
You are taking on Kevin Thompson. How much do you know about him?
“Kevin Thompson is a very good opponent and is making his middleweight debut after spending most of his career at light heavyweight. I have watched a couple of his fights”.
How is your training going? Is there anything you’ve had to change for this fight?
“Training is going well for this fight. Got a good camp with Wayne Murrie on the same card and the likes of Zi Shah, Neil Wain, Tom Howell and the rest of the team at Ludus Magnus are all training really hard”
You are unbeaten as a pro! Which is really impressive. Does it ever add any unwanted pressure going into your fights?
“No, there is no added pressure. I love to compete and I am the most competitive person ever. So I do not plan on losing my zero any time soon”.
You have won the majority of your fights by KO/TKO. Which has been the best one to date?
“My best KO to date would be against Shaun Lomas. It was my second professional bout and I knocked him out in four seconds in front of my home crowd”.
In December you defeated Denniston Sutherland by unanimous decision. He is a vastly experienced fighter. How did it feel to get the win and how much did you learn from the fight?
“To fight Denniston was a great experience and answered a lot of questions people were asking about me. I took the fight on two weeks notice and the fight went to plan. I dominated throughout and it was a great win for me at the right time!”
How far do you want to go in MMA?
“I want to be the number one middleweight in the world!”
I will never experience getting into the cage and fighting. And for that I have so much respect for everyone who does it. What’s the feeling like when the cage door is shut and it’s just you and your opponent?
“MMA is a tough sport and what the fans see on fight night is what has been weeks of hard training. I love the sport and when that cage door closes and its just you and your opponent its all about getting the job done”.
What do you find as the most challenging aspect of MMA?
“There are lots of challenging aspects of MMA. The one standing out at me most right now is dieting”.
What is the best thing about fighting and what motivates you to?
“The best thing about fighting is winning! I do not care what anyone says it’s why we all do it. Also the feeling of your hand being raised in front of your friends, family and fans is awesome!”
What’s is the biggest piece of advice you have ever received?
“Well having Neil Wain as a coach and a friend he as took me to one side on many occasions to give me great advice. The most memorable piece of advice being before I trained with Neil and he watched me lose my second semi pro fight and go to 0-2. He came upstairs and had a chat. He gave me Neil Owen’s number and I started to train with the team and never looked back”.
Thanks again for taking the time. Anybody you’d like to thank?
“Yes i would like to thank all my team at Ludus Magnus, all of my sponsors; Hoyle Mill MOT Centre, T+S Building Solutions, Millennium Motor Spares, Land Engineering Services Ltd (L.E.S), The Injury Clinic, Heavy Duty Fight Wear and J Y Nutrition. I could not do it with out you all!”
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