Here at Overtime Heroics, we are celebrating Scottish week across all our platforms. We’re looking at the rise of mixed martial arts in Scotland and covering the athletes flying that blue and white flag on the biggest stages.
Scott Malone (6-4), who goes by the nickname of ‘Boom Boom‘, is one of many athletes from Scotland representing the nation in a major organisation in the combat sports world.
Malone’s martial arts journey started in September of 2013. That’s when he made that walk as an amateur for the very first time and successfully took a debut win back to Dundee. Malone then competed once more in the regional scene as an amateur before turning to the professional ranks.
His professional debut came at The Art of Combat 9, one of Scotland’s many successfully ran shows. Unfortunately, the debut didn’t go to plan. It was time to dust himself off and go again for Malones. He then moved forward, competing on shows such as On Top: Weekender, Caged Steel FC 16, and Headhunters FC, finishing three out of three competitors who were stood in his way.
With a ferocious style of fighting and clean will to finish fights. Malone attracted the interest of European major organisation ‘Cage Warriors’. The competition had now stepped up for the Scotsman and the regional scene was behind him. His Cage Warriors debut occurred eventually in 2018 after a few cancellations. Malone took on Welshman Jason Jenkins in his backyard at Cage Warriors 91 and took a unanimous decision win back to Scotland.
Malone started to prove to everybody he was capable of competing at the highest stage. He competed twice in two months, proceeding to deliver stoppages against Adam Amarasinghe and Josh Reed. It earned him a crack at the Cage Warriors Bantamweight title v Jack Shore. A battle which ended in Malone being caught in a rear-naked choke in the third round.
I, for one, look forward to the return of Scott Malone. A Scotsman who always makes that walk with the home flag draped around him.
What does it mean to you when you step into that cage representing your country knowing you’ve always got your home support behind you?
Malone – “It really means everything knowing that you have the support from not only friends and family but from people all over the country.”
What does it mean to you to be a fighter?
Malone – “Being a fighter is just another thing. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you enjoy the process and I love this game.”
How mentally and physically challenging is it to get out of bed and put your body through what you do day in day out and train. How do you stay motivated?
Malone – “Usually a fight is what motivates me to be honest with you. But I love training and I’ve never fully appreciated it until now being stuck in this house. It’s a release, gets rid of stress, worry and anger all in one.”
What’s next for Scotty when this all blows over, anyone in sight or will you wait to see what’s offered?
Malone – “I was actually meant to be taken some time off and having a good think about my career to re-evaluate where I’ve been going wrong, etc. I still have that fire inside of me and I know I am good enough to be on the big stages I just need to get my head together first.”
Once fighting is done, what’s Scotty got planned? Do you wish to venture into the coaching role when you hang the gloves up?
Malone – ” I already co-own a gym @omega_mma_training and coach every night, so yeah, that’s 100% what I will be doing. I love coaching and I love helping people develop and grow not just as a martial artist but as a person.”
Make sure to follow Scott Malone across his platforms to follow what’s next on his journey.
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