Jake Matthews
The Celtic Kid

Australia

Rolls through Rostem Akman
LightweightUFC
October 5, 2019
Matthews defeated Rostem Akman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 243 on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.
ANALYSIS
Yes, the competition level was lousy, but Matthews did what he had to do in a fight in which he had absolutely nothing to gain. Matthews failed on both of his official takedown attempts, but he landed 61 total strikes compared to just 15 from his opponent and was in firm control from start to finish. The issue for Matthews moving forward is that a victory over Akman means nothing. "The Celtic Kid" has been inconsistent at best when tasked with facing better competition and Saturday's strong performances tells us nothing in regards to whether or not he has made the necessary fixes. Matthews turned 25 years of age in August and sooner or later will have to put together an impressive win streak.
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Facing Rostem Akman at UFC 243
LightweightUFC
August 15, 2019
Matthews is scheduled to fight Rostem Akman at UFC 243 in Melbourne on Oct. 5, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Matthews lost his last fight in Dember of 2018 to Anthony Rocco Martin via technical submission, but he'll aim to get back in the win column against Atman. The Celtic Kid had won three consecutive fights prior to falling to Martin.
Falls via submission in native Australia
LightweightUFC
December 1, 2018
Matthews lost to Anthony Rocco Martin via technical submission (anaconda choke) at 1:19 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Adelaide, Australia.
ANALYSIS
It continues to be one step forward and two steps back for the talented Aussie. Matthews got off to a quick start in Round 1. He displayed an edge in both power and hand speed over Martin before letting is opponent regain the momentum in Round 2. With the fight likely tied at 19 heading into the third and final frame, Matthews exposed his neck while going for a poorly timed takedown and Martin made him pay. Matthews is certainly young enough (24) that he can rebound from this, but his inability to get on a real roll in highly concerning moving forward. Saturday's loss snapped a three-fight winning streak for Matthews.
Continues winning streak at UFC Singapore
LightweightUFC
June 23, 2018
Matthews defeated Shinsho Anzai via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:44 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Singapore.
ANALYSIS
Matthews was a big favorite in this fight, and he took care of business. He came out with a lot of aggression and took the fight to the ground. Once there, he took control with his grappling and finished the fight with a rear-naked choke. Since suffering some adversity in the UFC, Matthews has now bounced back with three-straight wins.
Will meet Shinsho Anzai in Singapore
LightweightUFC
April 16, 2018
Matthews will take on Shinsho Anzai in a welterweight matchup at UFC Singapore on June 23, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Matthews may be just 23 years old, but the Australian prospect already has nine UFC fights under his belt. He gets hit a little more than one would typically like to see, but there's plenty of time in his fighting career to correct deficiencies in his striking defense. That shouldn't be an issue against Anzai, who sports a negative striking differential through three UFC bouts. Matthews will also enter this bout with four-inch height and three-inch reach advantages.
Looks strong in easy decision win over Li Jingliang
LightweightUFC
February 10, 2018
Matthews defeated Li Jingliang via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-26) at UFC 221 on Saturday in Perth, Australia.
ANALYSIS
The difference in technical ability between Matthews and Li was laughable, but The Celtic Kid fought foolishly and he was lucky that it didn't cost him. Matthews racked up 89 total strikes, two knockdowns and a deep submission attempt but Li survived them all and forced Matthews to go the distance. Matthews fought the second half of the fight with his hands down begging to be hit. He took a few pops here and there but nothing of note. He looked excellent and he deserved to win but he needs to employ a better game plan next time out. The 23-year-old Australian is considerably better than his 6-3 record with the UFC would lead you to believe.