Following an incredible performance at Caged Steel Contenders, ‘Lightning’ Louis Lee Scott is emerging as one of the UK’s top bantamweights.
The United Kingdom has always had a notable bantamweight division. It boasts legends such as Brad Pickett as well as top prospects like the Cage Warriors champion Jack Shore and the growing UFC star, Nathaniel Wood.
At only 19 years of age, Louis Lee Scott has accumulated over 60 fights. He is spoken of very highly in both the MMA and Muay Thai circuit.
Scott has received praise from striking legends such as John Wayne Parr who said in a 2016 Instagram post;
“This young man is the future.”
He was also complimented by one of the UK’s top Muay Thai fighters, Liam Harrison, who on his blog stated that;
“He has the world at his feet.”
‘Lightning’ transitioned to MMA from Muay Thai just over two years ago, following an incredible career in Muay Thai and K-1. He has faced off against top Thai boxers in the UK such as Josh Hill and one of Yokkao’s top prospects, Spencer Brown.
In his relatively short time as a Mixed Martial Artist, Scott has been incredibly active, fighting 13 times and picking up the Caged Steel amateur bantamweight title in the process.
Scott has beaten some quality opponents such as Alliance BJJ’s Josh Mottram, as well as now professional fighter Matiss Zaharovs, and most recently, Scotland’s top amateur bantamweight, Reece McEwan.
The fight with McEwan was hailed as “The battle of the bantamweights” and was an incredible display of skill from both fighters.
Scott won the fight by unanimous decision, defending his Caged Steel bantamweight title and solidifying himself as one of the country’s top amateur fighters at 61kgs.
Scott’s success is unsurprising, as his obvious talent and dedication to combat sports, is complemented by a world-class team in Asylum Vale Tudo.
They have developed Scott’s game and turned him into a well-rounded MMA fighter, with his obvious strength being striking but with 5 of his 12 victories coming by way of submission.
His wrestling was also on show in his bout against McEwan in which he was able to shuck off many of the smothering pressure fighter’s takedown attempts.
Scott’s style is not only effective, but it’s also incredibly exciting to watch. His counter combinations are textbook and frighteningly quick.
Even at the amateur level, it’s exciting to think about how his world-class striking will fare against the elite of the sport.
Danny Mitchell, his head MMA coach has noted that we may get to see that one day, as he has stated the following in a GoFundMe which aimed to get Scott to the IMMAF junior world championships;
“I believe (we) will see him entering the UFC at some stage.”
Scott performed well in that tournament, going 2-1 with his single loss coming by a guillotine choke against Yury Balka of team Belarus.
The young fighter now sets his sights on the IMMAF once again, this time for the European championships in June. After that, a professional debut may be on the cards.
‘Lightning’ has an incredible professional career ahead of him when the time comes. And when it strikes, the bantamweight division best be ready.