Jake Matthews

The Celtic Kid

Australia

Saturday bout not happening
WelterweightUFC
December 4, 2021
Matthews' fight against Jeremiah Wells on Dec. 4 has been canceled due to a COVID-19 positive test, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
One of Wells' cornermen has tested positive for COVID-19 and as a result, the fight has been canceled due to the contact tracing protocols. This means Matthews will likely wait to 2022 to step on the Octagon once again, and he will have to wait to deliver a bounce-back performance since his most recent bout ended in a loss to Sean Brady back in March.
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Added to Dec. 4 lineup
WelterweightUFC
October 12, 2021
Matthews will take on Jeremiah Wells in a welterweight bout at the UFC even Dec. 4, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Matthews is coming off a submission loss to Sean Brady back at UFC 259 in March. Prior to that loss, Matthews was rolling winning six of his previous seven bouts. Wells is coming off a win in his promotional debut back in June over Warlley Alves.
Win streak snapped at three
WelterweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Matthews lost to Sean Brady via submission (arm-triangle) at 3:28 of Round 3 at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Widely viewed as one of the top prospects in the sport upon entering the company back in June 2014, Matthews is now 26 years old and trending in the wrong direction, despite the fact he entered Saturday's bout on a three-fight winning streak. Matthews downfall through his time with the UFC has been his complete inability to handle better competition. Saturday was no exception. Matthews was routed over the course of the final two rounds after making a surprisingly-strong impression on the feet in the early going. He had zero answers for the upper-body strength and ground game of Brady. It's difficult to give up on Matthews because he's legitimately talented, but he has been so inconsistent for so long that the odds of him running off any sort of winning streak against quality competition moving forward seem extremely unlikely.
Targeted for UFC 259
WelterweightUFC
December 12, 2020
Matthews is being targeted to face Sean Brady in a welterweight matchup at UFC 259 on March 6, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Matthews will put his three-fight win streak on the line against Brady in March. He easily defeated Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision at UFC 253 in September. Brady most recently defeated Christian Aguilera via submission (rear-naked choke) in late August. Matthews has an edge in height, but the two fighters are even in reach.
Easily decisions Diego Sanchez
WelterweightUFC
September 26, 2020
Matthews defeated Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC 253 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Matthews has never been known for his consistency, but this was a strong effort in a fight in which he had nothing to gain and everything to lose. In fact, it was a surprise Matthews accepted this fight in the first place. A victory over Sanchez in 2020 means less than nothing, and a loss here would have all but derailed any chances "The Celtic Kid" may have had of potentially making a run at the top ten. Matthews was an uber-prospect at one point but has since settled in as an above-average fighter who seems unlikely to reach the lofty heights many predicted for him. Matthews is 6-1 in his past seven fights dating back to November 2017, but five of those six wins have come via decision and only one came against an opponent who would even be considered average (Li Jingliang). Matthews is going to have to start facing better competition before we can get an accurate read on what to expect from him moving forward.
Looking for third straight win
WelterweightUFC
August 18, 2020
Matthews will fight Diego Sanchez in a welterweight matchup at UFC 252 on September 26, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This will be Matthews' first appearance since February when he defeated Emil Meek. A win over Sanchez would give him three straight and 6-1 overall in his last seven. He should enter as the betting favorite, considering he's more than 12 years younger with a one-inch edge in both height and reach. Matthews also owns a distinct advantage in most striking and grappling statistics over a meaningful sample size. Sanchez may be coming off a win, but it's a fight he was getting beaten in handily before his opponent landed an illegal knee.