Over the past week, we have covered the current talent coming from Scotland who is competing at the highest level within the sport. Now we take a look a the rising talent from the country. The future of Scotland and the athletes that will lead the way carrying that flag in years to come. Kicking things of we have highly rated Reece McEwan. Let’s look back at the journey so far.
The story began in October of 2015 when Reece McEwan made that walk to the octagon for the very first time. McEwan took on Chris Nicol at On Top: Nemesis in Paisley, Scotland. The amateur debut consisted of multiple takedowns and some tough grappling with the Scotsman looking for submissions throughout.
In June 2016 McEwan was promoted to a blue belt with the hard grind and constant hours on the mat that came with it. Just two months later he took on his second amateur bout at First Fighting Championship securing his first submission victory coming by armbar in the first round. The commitment and dedication were clear to see early on. The morning after his second win, McEwan made the decision to travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico to train at Jackson Wink for two weeks to shut off from the outside world and primarily focus on improving his skillset.
A new year meant a fresh start. In February of 2017, McEwan took on the hard decision of quitting his job to chase a dream only a select few could visualize. The stress and uncertainty that would have come with the difficult decision didn’t seem to faze McEwan as two days later, picks up his third win as an amateur, again coming via armbar in the first round. Not only was this impressive due to the uncertainty of the life path McEwan would take. In addition, this was a matchup he had taken on three weeks’ notice against an opponent who had bag loads of experience to McEwan’s two bouts.
May 2017, McEwan was scheduled to fight and then was offered a title shot on 4 weeks notice at On Top: Night of Champions. His opponent was Irishman Mike McCoy. A dominant and efficient performance from McEwan made McCoy spend most of his time inside the cage on his back. Another victory and the first title to take back to the Griphouse.
In September of 2017, McEwan made his professional K1 debut. Mixed martial arts competition wasn’t enough. Testing himself in other forms of combat and eager to stay active McEwan came away with a KO stoppage.
In December of 2017, a successful title defense was made against a tough opponent in Caolan Loughran. In addition, The Irishman was riding a three-fight winning streak before meeting with McEwan. The hard work didn’t go unnoticed by his coaches and gym. In turn, as he was awarded the ‘Griphouse fighter of the year’.
At the top
After some time for recovery and to recharge. McEwan returned to make another defense of his title. On Top Promotions brought in Japan’s number 1 ranked amateur to take on the current champion. Another successful defense and the experience of competing for a different culture of martial arts. This victory took McEwan to 6-0.
Fast forward three months and McEwan was between the ropes again. He made a statement in his second K1 bout earning himself another vicious round 1 KO. It was going to take something exceptional to put a stop to McEwan in all forms of combat.
In November of 2018, McEwan made history at On Top 21 defeating Padraig Magee. He successfully made his third title defense making him the fighter with most defenses in the promotion’s history.
However, The following year came to be the toughest test of McEwan’s career. McEwan was ranked number 1 in Scotland and traveled to Doncaster, England. He took Louis Lee Scott for the Caged Steel bantamweight title. At the time, Lee Scott was ranked number one in England. In addition, he had the experience of 12 as opposed to the Scotsman’s 7. This was a matchup that had many eyes on it. Unfortunately, 11,000 thousand people watched the bout live with the decision being awarded in Scott’s favor leaving McEwan to taste his first sense of defeat.
However, McEwan bounced back from the loss with his head held high after being awarded his purple belt. Later that year saw him take on Aaron Towns at The Art of Combat 11 for the opportunity of collecting his second amateur title and that’s exactly what he did. Taking home a quick first-round win via armbar. With the cage time behind him, the experience gathered, the professional scene was now on the horizon with McEwan being ranked number 1 in the UK.
In February of 2019, Reece McEwan made his highly anticipated professional debut at Evolution Of Combat 6. It’s a turning point in every fighter’s career. It really is “do or die”. The record now counts towards the future of the fighter. It’s time to make statements and once again it’s exactly what McEwan did. With an electric and energetic crowd behind him singing his name, McEwan went straight in there and handled business in extraordinary fashion submitting Malek Ghrib in round 1.
An upcoming fighter who never shy’s away from challenges or competition. In addition, The opponents of McEwan have always had more experience than himself but it’s something he welcomes with open arms. Scotland’s future is bright.
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