Hemsworth’s Scott Askham has had his dream come true after joining the ranks of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Askham, unbeaten in 12 contests, recently defended his British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) world middleweight title with a third round stoppage of Max Nunez, but is now set to test himself against the really big boys.
It has always been his aim to join the UFC and he has now realised his ambition, having signed a four fight contract for the major organisation, whose fights are shown on BT.
Askham said: “The news is finally out! Now for new goals and dreams. On a road to the top.
“I have always dreamed of being in the UFC. When I received the contract it was signed and sent back as soon as I could.
“The deal is for four fights, but as of yet I haven’t got an opponent or date.
“This is just the start, I believe many more from the Ludus Magnus Gym (where Scott trains) can make the jump and I hope I give all of them the confidence to do it.
“None of this would have been possible had it not been for my family, coaches, training partners and sponsors. I am here to make a statement.”
Askham thanked sponsors Millennium Motor Spares, Hoyle Mill MOT, The Injury Clinic, Land Engineering Services, Proteins R Us, The Mouthguard Shop, T & S Building Solutions, Heavy Duty FightGear and Scandolo.
Askham will start his UFC career with a record of 12 wins from 12 fights with seven KO/TKOs, two submissions and three decisions.
He admits it will be tough in the UFC, but is confident he can make his mark.
He added: “I’ve always talked about going into the UFC, but I don’t want to go in there just to make the numbers up, have a few fights and be a UFC vet.
“I haven’t lost a round in my entire career. Max Nunez was meant to be a massive test for me and I’ve just gone and dominated him.
“That’s given me massive confidence and it’s bad news for my next opponent.
“In terms of my ideal first opponent, it’s a tough one. It’s a massive roster with loads of talented fighters.”
Askham formerly trained at Neil Wilson’s Alpha Boxing Club, in Hemsworth, and Neil is delighted for him.
He said: “It’s a great chance for Scott. I believe he could become the first Briton to win a UFC title.”