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As losing streaks go, the one that Scott "LionHeart" Blevins is currently riding has to be one of the roughest in the sport. Sherdog lists the Indiana-based fighter’s record as 0-13, with all losses by first-round stoppage, and no match lasting past the 2:10 mark. But that doesn’t account for all of his fights — it doesn’t include his losses to David Love or Ryan McIntosh, for one thing, and it doesn’t include his victory-via-DQ over Eddie Mirabella, whose win was reversed after he threw his mouthpiece into the crowd.

Yes, Blevins’s fights generally end badly. The first time I heard about him, I had to know two things: 1) Was this some kind of joke? 2) If it wasn’t, why keep doing it? When I finally tracked Scott down, a few days after his most recent loss to Chico Camus at an Evolution Fighting Championship event in Wisconsin earlier this month, he was on the way to the hospital, due to a mysterious ailment that had laid him out. But he took the time to explain that despite the losses, despite the haters, despite a family that thinks he’s crazy, this shit is the furthest thing from a joke. As for why he keeps doing it, well, you’ll have to keep reading. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…LionHeart.


CAGEPOTATO.COM: How frustrating is it to put yourself on the line again and again, and still fall short of winning?
SCOTT "LIONHEART" BLEVINS: Well, I admit it does get to me, but I know I gotta keep on trying and I know that eventually I’m going to get those wins. It’s just going to take some time to do it. Each fight is different and I do see an improvement in myself each time I step in the cage. But I’ve had some tough competition throughout my career.

What went wrong in the Chico Camus fight?
He got me to the ground and I ate a bunch of his elbows. His trainer is Duke Roufus, and Duke is one of the top guys out of Wisconsin, and he just trains those guys harder than what most guys train. Chico is a top-notch fighter. He’s undefeated.

Where do you train for your fights?
I’m from Mentone, Indiana, and I run Fighting Dragons Mixed Martial Arts, and I do that pretty much seven days a week. It’s based out of my house, because I haven’t found a facility for it yet. My training regiment is basic stuff — boxing, jeet kune do, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing. It’s a mix of everything. But I try to move around to different gyms in Indiana, and I try to find [training partners] at my weight who have the same skills.

You compete as a 135-pounder. How much weight do you have to cut before each match?
I don’t cut weight. I’m actually 130 pounds. I did take a match at 125 once, but I lost; the guy was just really, really tough.

I know you come from a Tae Kwon Do background. What first inspired you to try your hand at MMA?
I just got sick of Tae Kwon Do, believe it or not. I was putting out a lot of money into training, trying to get up the belt ranks. When I heard about cage-fighting, I went into it as an amateur, and I never thought I’d make it to pro status, but things kicked off differently.

Were you nervous the first time you got into a cage to fight?
I was never really scared, but I was a little intimidated by my opponent because I didn’t know what to expect. It’s just like a street fight — they’re coming at you, throwing punches, trying to hurt you.

How do you feel when you step into the cage these days?
It’s like an office job, you know, another day at the desk. I don’t get nervous anymore. I enjoy doing what I do. And it’s because of the fans that I’ve continued to stay where I’m at. Because I thought about management, I thought about giving up the career, period. But people keep making it possible where, “we want to see Lionheart, we want him back.” And that’s what’s kept me in it.

Are your family and friends mostly supportive of your passion to compete as a mixed martial artist, or do they think you’re crazy for doing this?
My family’s not very supportive. I am the black sheep of the family because I’m a fighter. I try not to tell them much about what’s going on, but if I go to the hospital, that’s something different. For the most part I don’t get much support. My support is through MySpace and fans that show up at the fights.

What’s your ultimate goal in MMA? Do you want to be a world champion one day, or would you just be happy to get a couple wins together?
My actual goal is to be a world champion, I don’t care if it’s in the WEC, I don’t care if Joe Silva and Dana White start a 135-pound class in the UFC where I can get over there. Or even in leagues like Pancrase in other countries. I have an ultimate goal, and I’m not gonna give up until I get to where I’m going. I have this will, and it’s so strong that you just can’t break it.

Would there ever be a point where you’d say to yourself, “maybe MMA isn’t for me”?
Everybody’s going to have their losses — there’s always someone bigger and better. But I’m pretty convinced that this is what I’m here for. I know I have a losing record right now, but you look at Shonie Carter or Matt Serra, and they took some losses in the beginning of their careers, and they just got bigger. And that’s where I stand in my career. I’m just going to keep on fighting until I find my niche, just like any other fighter would.

There’s a pretty old tradition in boxing of guys who are brought in to pad the records of more talented up-and-comers, even if they’re not literally paid to lose. Do you think that at this point, promoters are booking you in fights because they think you’ll lose?
They sometimes book me because they have a tough guy that needs a win, and they’ll bring me in just so he can get that win. It’s just something that’s in the theory of a matchmaker and a promoter. I have mixed feelings about it, but there’s not much I can really do about it. If they’ve got somebody who’s 0-3 or 1-3 and they’re trying to put me in there, and this guy’s overweight or something, then chances are I get to the show and I might have to fight him at a catch weight. Because I can’t gain weight — I might gain one or two pounds and that’s the max.

I guess this is the million-dollar question, then: According to the Sherdog database, you’re 0-13 now — why keep doing it?
Because I’m capturing my dream. It’s something I want; something I desire. I understand Sherdog has my record up showing 0-13 or whatever it may be, but it’s like the Rudy story from Indiana — this kid had heart, and he tried so hard to get into Notre Dame. And I’m trying everything I can to get into the WEC or the UFC, and if it takes a lot of losses to get there, just so I can get one win, just so I can get that opportunity, that’s what it’s going to take. Because I’m just that committed. Win some, lose some — I’m not afraid of a bigger guy, I’ve taken on guys at 190, and I’ve taken on guys at 155. I took on David Love from Bodog Fight, and he was 155 to my 130, and I still fought him. I got my nose broken, but I got up and shook it off like it was nothing, and I just kept on going after that.

Well that’s all I have for you Scott. Thanks so much for your time. Is there anybody or any sponsors you’d like to shout out before we sign off?
Yeah, Omega Attire out in Georgia, and No Surrender Fight Wear out in California — they’ve been supporting me through my adventure in the last four years. MMA Expose out of Ohio has also been sponsoring me, and MyMMASpace in New York, they’ve been working with me as well.

Well good luck with everything, and please let us know about your health. I’m sure everyone reading this will want to know how you’re doing.
Oh, I will. You know, everybody’s got health issues throughout their life. You got your personal life, you got your career life, and sometimes with fighters your career becomes your personal life, and it’s just how you take it. Nobody lives forever, and not everybody’s gonna stay well all the time, and it’s just how you take care of yourself I guess.

Scott sent this to us later, via text message:
Im ok spent 8hrs in er…had surgery a while back and gained inner infection. they wanted to keep me in er but I wouldn’t let them ib ok I think


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Finally Famous- March 31, 2009 at 11:37 am
well looks like Blevins finally got himself some a douchebag rat molester...nice.
Anonymous- March 9, 2009 at 6:51 pm
This guy Big Mac is an idiot
Anonymous- March 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm
This guy might be the worst fighter of all time but hes got heart
Notalionheartfan- March 6, 2009 at 1:58 pm
Not only did he get arrested but he snitched out 4 people...he might be in trouble for the following reasons
1) CHILD MOLESTER-pretty much spells doom from the get go in jail
2)JOB-When people ask what his job was he will say professional fight...Might as well put a target on your back
3)SNITCH-see either of the above is the link
Anonymous- March 6, 2009 at 6:56 am
Scott Blevins was arrested last for Child Molestation and Weed. You can search on times union website for today in Warsaw,IN. Somebody call Dana and tell him to cancel the weight class,
Mystic Suicide- March 6, 2009 at 5:06 am
If all yall saying this ass wipe is successful and has all these accomplishments I might as well just go give up mma completely. If this is what success is as 0-15 I fucking quit. If this is calibur of fighter that is out there today Im done with mma. The only thing he has succeeded in doing is making me throw up over how idiotic he is. This fighter is a serious TURNOFF to the sport. Why would you interview this loser? I can understand losing a few fights, but never win one? If he ever is on a fight card in my town Im so not fighting there, too embarrassing. So you teach out of your house? What do you teach? The art of being a dumbass and a loser.
AsToNiShEd- March 5, 2009 at 1:23 pm
I saw Scott fight with jenkins...hell the commentators were laughing at him. Seriously, the commentator read his fight card that he gave them and said he was a master at Maui Thai, not Muay Thai but Maui like the Island in Hawaii. The commentators had a blast ripping on Scott. Don't believe me? Watch the fight on youtube. Scott is so crazy he posts all his losing fights on his myspace page. If the commentators that are supposed to pump the crowd up about a fighter rip on them and make comments like "We should bring you Jenkins post fight win comments in a matter of seconds" doesn't tell you that this kid is a joke..I don't know what does. Hey Scott do you master "Bullshitdo" too? If so you are the man. I call Bullshit on Blevins, nothing but a scrawny douche who thinks he is a fighter. If he gets all emotional about haters maybe he shouldn't put himself out there. Get a grip Scott you arent a superstar you super suck ass.
Mr Freeze- March 5, 2009 at 10:33 am
Scott fights at 135..I wish Aaron the best of luck, he didnt have much of a challenge with Scott. I dont know Aaron, but Scott had no choice in the outcome...just like the rest of his fights..
Big Mac- March 5, 2009 at 4:53 am
I can honestly say i was there for that fight, Blevins did drop Lalonde in like 14 seconds. It was in Kendaville,IN at the Fair Grounds. Blevins never froze up he dropped the dude. And the that dude Aaron went to the ground like a turtle in a shell on the ground,tucked,roll and dived for help. What got blevins was the fact he went to get a Rear Naked Choke on Lalonde, and he rolled Blevins into the cage as Blevins Rolled to get out and couldnt,but lost to a submission perhaps rear naked choke.Lalonde is never to be UFC Material the back ground of being a EMT says it all. Blevins had that fight for the records here. And im about postive that blevins will rise up and get those wins providing he drops weight classes. Lalonde is 145-155 Fighter,that trainned at the Dragons Den with the So called best Hammer House named after Mark the Hammer House Colmen. Blevins may have a way to go but way things shows on this guy, I hate to say it but he will proval to get to what he desires. He Dreams and he Chases what he desires in his life. Inspiring guy.

That was a guy Fight though for Blevins
Mr Freeze- March 4, 2009 at 8:14 pm
OMG, No way. I saw this fag fight in Indiana and fought some dude named Aaron LaLonde or LoLond I think the name was. Scott hit Aaron and dropped him, Scott was so shocked he froze and stood there like a deer in headlights not knowing what to do. It gave Aaron time to recover and get up, shake it off then Aaron beat the piss out Blevins. Then he rear naked choked him...hmm seems to be a trend with the rear naked choke. People were laughing in the crowd and were taking bets on how quick Aaron would finish him. That fight was his one chance to actually win a fight, as pathetic as it was. Well I guess the sun shines on a dogs ass every once in a blue moon..the sun didnt shine on Blevins, he was too busy scratching the dog ass to notice. BTW Aaron isnt exactly ufc material either. If it wasnt for Aarons tattoos I swear I would have thought the kid was a measly 13 years old. Dude couldnt weigh more than 130 wet and looks like he hasnt hit puberty yet..Sorry Aaron but the fight sucked donkey dick for real.
Hey True Fighter- March 4, 2009 at 7:14 am
you say people hate on him because of his accomplishments? He hasnt accomplished shit except the art of getting his ass whooped 15 times without a win...if thats his goal he reached it. I guess if thats his dream is to be a punching bag then you go buddy..Way to go for the gold in the special olympics of mma.
Blevins Myspace Friend- March 4, 2009 at 7:10 am
Ive fought Blevins, I know him. And I must say this thread isnt that far fetched.
Not Intimidated- March 4, 2009 at 7:03 am
I invite Blevins to come in here and defend himself. Seems like a lot of people don't like him. Call me a hater fine. Then call me out Blevins, I will gladly accept your challenge. As far as legal action, its called freedom of speech and he consented to the interview and knew it would be posted on the web with an area for comments. If he didnt want the heat, he should have stayed out of the kitchen. Wonder how it would look if he asked the person who did this interview to take it down, yeah thats professional. My advice is don't do anymore interviews until your record is a winning one or you publicly retire. Everyone has opinions and as americans its our right to speak on it.
TrUe FiGhTeR- March 3, 2009 at 10:19 pm
I doubt blevins pedofile,he does charities in his fights in shows.
I wouldnt that about anyone,unless some kinda evidance blevins a jinks a great admire of the art of mma, and has has struggles sure but the guy keeps going at it thats a determination drive there.
viewers blevins dont mess with kids muchless minors this guy,(That Guy) what a joke! Anything to destroy a mans accomplishments!

The factors of mma is true of what blevins has said win some lose some.
In a fight someone is always bound have your ticket,any fighter knows that.

Haters you will have in any fasion of a career,blevins ever reads this im sure he will step in and deal with the bs, thats on here.
My advise for Blevins is Get a Lawyer and Shut this Page Down.
Word of a Big Fan! or atleast Block or Have some kinda way to reach these people and have some whoopass on some of them.LMAO

Good Stuff CP!
But the Haters BS on Blevins is Not Good!
Hope he dont seek Advice.

Good Luck Blevins
That GUY- March 3, 2009 at 8:15 pm
What a fag. He couldn't beat up kids at his local junior high. He looks like one of them dudes from the hills have eyes, only minus the intimidation factor. Some show he fights for should have an audience raffle for who gets to beat his ass next. I bet he could do that every month and he would still never win. Keep doing what your doing scott the alleycat blevins, you make us all feel better about ourselves. No matter how bad life gets at least I know I'm not you. PS quit fucking minors before you end up in prison you damn pedophile.
Anonymous- March 3, 2009 at 7:18 pm
wow,what drama on a page on a guy with sucess i wouldnt say its blevins unless you actually knew it was him,really.
Blogger- March 3, 2009 at 5:51 pm
OMG...for real? I knew someone who tried to help him and get him to train...he wouldnt say anything bad about him except he wouldnt train and brought a bunch of drama to him. He wasnt specific at all, said he wouldnt talk down about anyone, but by not saying was saying a lot. He didnt say he was a winner, all he said was he was never going to help out this kid again. I think the dude laughed half our conversation. People in the midwest are too nice, if I was someone trying to help this cat I would be brutally honest and tell him to get a day job and give it up. Possibly never watch mma again or speak of being a fighter. Seriously he has the WORST record I have ever seen. Way to follow your "Un" dream dude. LOSER..your record speaks for itself. Whoever asked you to go pro should go get a CAT scan for real!
MMA Fanatic- March 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm
This guy makes me want to quit watching mma for real. Do all assclowns that arent successful act like this douche? His name should not be Lionheart...but Lionfart. 0-15? Way to be a winner, or loser I should say.
Really?- March 3, 2009 at 11:57 am
This is so not Dana White...last time I knew Dana could spell and is an educated speaker..nice try to fake it out Scott Blevins.
ROFL - March 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Funny shit this Blevins.
Seriously Really???- March 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm
This so called interview is a joke right? This is some funny shit. I have to agree with the people who are opposed to this guy fighting. Save MMA, get rid of the trash.
Not a hater but....- March 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm
Dude your spelling is almost as bad as Blevins. Im not a hater, but if this guy is a leader in your eyes MMA is fucked. He will never win a fight and as far as his career is concerned his record speaks for itself. He doesnt have a career but a train wreck that has already ended badly. I don't hate the kid, but he is a joke. Anyone who thinks he is a hero is as delusional as he is. Any fighter who trains people as a 0-15 fighter is dooming his friends to a career like his. Go watch his fights on youtube then you tell me if he is a leader or a punching bag. To compare himself to Rudy is a joke, just like he is. Im going off of stats and proof of his fighting skills, nothing more. And as far as Blake Bowman, he did in fact beat the hell out of your so called hero...if he trains with Team Hughes its better than training out of your backyard at least he is in a reputable camp and not in a trailer park yard. Get a grip on reality, dude sucks balls. Im not jealous of this guy either my record is a winning record and Ive had more experience in the cage than this cat. And as far as you being on his jock, you must train with him to take his side. To a normal person this interview and this so called fighter is a farce. And if you want to say Im running my mouth, um yes I am because this kid is not a threat to anyone in the cage or on the street. Go have a loser as a role model, you too will end up like him. If anything someone should stop him before he ends up seriously injured or dead from fighting.
Abnormalitiy Junky- March 2, 2009 at 7:48 am
Clear this up fast here,im no dam blevins for one here,secondly i could careless of your all thoughts on the guy,just know he will proved in his career.

Thirdly (RUDY NOT) sounds like a (Blake Clown Shoes Bowmen) UFC Team Hughes Ha!

Forthly not to defend Blevins but he's really on to something in his career and sounds like most of the comments on here are over jealousy, and hate of the guy.

Blevins may train in his home in other gyms, least hes doing what others isnt doing, thats running there mouths about a guys career.

I am not a true fan of blevins but i really believe he's all heart and is some that cant be stopped the guy is a go getter, a dreamer not a do, a leader not a follower.