Scope, now 10-0, is highly tipped to be part of the elite in MMA by the end of 2017 and a victory over Lew Long at #M4TC23 would certainly be a huge stepping stone for that.
However, the Washington fighter isn’t under any illusion that this will be a walk in the park, Long is the #10 Ranked fighter in the UK in a fiercely competitive 170lb division and will be arguably the toughest test in Scope’s young career.
Speaking on the matter, Scope said: “Of course I’ll be looking to finish but Lew is a tough durable Welterweight, so this is gonna be a good one.
“He has a black belt in judo and brown in BJJ so it’s no secret he’s a strong grappler. He’s got some heavy hands as well but I feel I’m comfortable no matter where it goes.”
The fight will take place on a stacked card that also features Heavyweight champion and Rainton Meadows favourite James Mulheron, as he takes on the only man to ever beat him, Ruben Wolf.
Scope will be returning to Welterweight after almost three years away from the division due to injuries but says that there was nobody to fight at Lightweight: “I took this fight with Lew because I couldn’t get a fight at LW and heard he was struggling to get matched. However, an impressive win over a top ten guy at the weight above, should put me in a nice position.”
The #6 Ranked Lightweight fighter in the country, Scope’s stock is certainly on this rise locally, nationally (having received the ‘Fighter to Watch’ nod from journalist Jim Edwards and hopefully soon internationally as the Sunderland lad represents the North-East well.
With the draw he’s become, Scope can expect to be fighting in front of a favourable crowd and is relishing the chance to fight in front of his hometown crowd again: “Yeah I can’t wait to put on a show in front of everyone. Home comforts will be nice to as its in my back garden!”
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