Jake Matthews
The Celtic Kid

Australia

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.
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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.
Notches win after tense third frame
WelterweightUFC
February 22, 2020
Matthews defeated Emil Meek via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Matthews did a good job getting his wrestling going for the majority of the first two rounds, but a big knee and some hammer fists towards the end of the second fame changed the entire tenor of the fight. From there, Meek stalked Matthews and landed power shots, and while it seemed clear Matthews was fading late, he had enough banked to take the decision. The Australian has long been hyped as someone who can do it all in The Octagon, and while this was a win, it's likely more was expected of him in the matchup, as Meek has struggled with fighters far less skilled than Matthews. Nevertheless, he improves to 16-4-0 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Taking on Emil Meek
WelterweightUFC
November 27, 2019
Matthews will fight Emil Meek in a welterweight bout on Feb. 22 at UFC Auckland, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Matthews has won two of his last three bouts, although he dropped a fight to Anthony Rocco martin via submission in August. The 25-year-old will face Meek, who will take the Octagon for the first time since July of 2018. UFC Auckland is headlined by a lightweight bout between Paul Felder and Dan Hooker.