Scott Hudson on his Battle with COVID-19, Debuting for TOFC and his Final Message for Dominic Clark

 

On December 18th, 2021, TOFC (Tarps Off Fight Club) is set for their inaugural event titled: Brawl at the Falls. Amongst many fantastic and local matchups is an incredible battle between Scott Hudson and California native, Dominic Clark. The promotion first ever lightweight title is on the line.

 

Ahead of his promotional debut for TOFC, two-division BTC champ, Scott Hudson takes us through his battle with COVID, his long layoff, and what’s to come should he secure yet another regional title.

In the last two and a half years, Hudson has only competed a total of three times. Victorious in every outing, it only made the process of finding fights during the pandemic that much more frustrating.

“Well, it was getting pretty frustrating for me, like, kind of sitting on the sidelines.” Scott Hudson continued, “I had a fight booked earlier in the year (2021) in the States that I couldn’t make because I got COVID-19 and I had to pull out of the XFC tournament I was in, and it was getting really frustrating. Kind of having limited opportunities. And it’s not, like, impossible to travel for competition, but it definitely has become an inconvenience. So I think that getting a fight that’s of a high caliber for a title, new promotion, 45 minutes from where I live is perfect.”

 It will be just over two years since Scott Hudson competed at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. On December 18th, Hudson goes back under the roof he became a double champion, competing at TOFC 1.

Following his massive win on November 30th, 2019, Hudson was almost certain his next move was to the UFC. “This is happening. We have had some talks with them before, but it wasn’t a done deal,” Hudson said. “We were heading in the right direction. I was even offered a good opportunity in early February of 2020, but I turned it down because I was waiting for the UFC to come back to Canada. Nobody had any idea what was coming (total lockdown due to COVID-19).

During the global pandemic, Scott opened up his own private gym, which would provide him, his training partners, and clients a temporary home for training. Since then, his coaches Lyndon Whitlock and Lucas Chaston opened up Aegis MMA, which is where the two-division champ trains full time.

Lyndon Whitlock works closely with Scott, suggesting even with the lengthy layoff, “improvements have been made and I expect to see the best version [of Scott Hudson] to date.” Coach Whitlock adds, Training camp for Scott has been great. He is always in the gym, he doesn’t take too much time off. I think the team has built a culture of taking a professional approach to their careers and that’s because of the team leaders like Scott. The fans are in for an exciting match-up, Scott always shows up and puts on a show.”

 In May of this year, Hudson was set to end his lengthy layoff, but what most fears became reality.

Scott Hudson would test positive for COVID-19, forcing him to withdraw from his XFC bout against Kurt Holobaugh.

“It was bad. I had to go to the doctor to get some asthmatic inhalers and steroids for my lungs because I was having trouble breathing. Oddly enough my wife didn’t get it, neither did any of my students. It was really strange.”

 “When I tested positive and first knew I had it (Coronavirus), I was like, yeah, whatever. I’ll just stay home, rest and jump right back into camp. The problems with my lungs were bad enough I knew it. I can’t fight.”

 Since then, Hudson has made a full recovery and hasn’t experienced any long-lasting effects.

Hudson is currently on a 5-fight win streak, a BTC two-division champ, and has yet another title in reach. The big question was quite simple; Should ‘Handsome’ Scott Hudson successfully add another strap to his resume following TOFC 1, what’s next?

He responded, “I think I’m going to pursue new management and try to get a new contract with a bigger promotion. I’ve shown the level I’m able to compete at. There’s not much left out there for me outside of the UFC, Bellator, or PFL, something I’d like to try out”

 165lbs would be ideal for Hudson moving forward, should he find a home in one of the major organizations. Despite many requests for a 165lbs division throughout the mixed martial arts community, there is still a lack of options between lightweight and welterweight. Hudson responds, “making lightweight has become more difficult. If I’m going to move to 170lbs, I would commit and stay there.”

Live at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, CA. Hudson vs. Clark headline the ‘Brawl at the Falls’ inaugural event, and Hudson had some final words for his opponent…

“I have a lot of respect for Dominic Clark and his skill set, but be ready, be in shape. There’s no secret about what I do when I go in there. I let my actions speak for me. You know what you’re in for on the 18th [of December].

 

Tickets for TOFC 1 are available, PPV live on FITE TV.

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