Jake Collier

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Robbed in Vegas
April 30, 2022
Collier lost to Andrei Arlovski via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN 35 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's a truly horrendous decision and one that figures to be talked about for quite a while. Both men had their moments, and Jake dipped a bit in the middle frame, but he clearly won Round 1 and secured a late takedown in the final seconds of the fight which should have locked up Round 3 for him. Heck, you could squint and say he deserved Round 2, as well. Collier doesn't have the power of a typical heavyweight, and that's a definite issue when you take into account how little he moves his feet defensively, but he's plenty tough and throws plenty of volume for a bigger fighter. This "defeat" keeps one of the most remarkable streaks in MMA history in tact, as Collier has now alternated losses and wins in his first 11 UFC bouts.
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Fighting in April with new deal
March 1, 2022
Collier will face Justin Tafa in a heavyweight bout at UFC's April 30 event, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
Collier had a four-fight contract with the UFC announced earlier Tuesday, per Nolan King of USA Today, and it didn't take long for the details of his next bout to come to light. Collier defeated Chase Sherman via submission in January, and he's alternated wins and losses since joining the promotion back in 2014. Tafa is also coming off a victory, though he missed weight by a pound before beating Harry Hunsucker via TKO in December.
Submission victory in Vegas
January 15, 2022
Collier defeated Chase Sherman via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:26 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Collier is as inconsistent as any fighter on the UFC roster, but Sherman can't get out of his own way at the moment, and that led to a relatively easy victory for Collier. Both men connected with power shots in the early going, but Collier was able to get Sherman to the mat with little issue a couple minutes into the bout, and the latter quickly gave up his back, allowing Collier to sink in the choke that ended the fight. It will also earn him one of two $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses awareded on the evening. While this was an excellent effort for the 33-year-old, Collier has now alternated wins and losses in his first ten UFC bouts. It's an amazing statistic and a streak Collier will need to break if he hopes to make any real headway in the heavyweight division.
Facing off against Sherman
October 25, 2021
Collier is set to fight Chase Sherman in a heavyweight matchup at a UFC event Jan. 15, Cole Shelton of BJPenn.com reports.
Collier has failed to show much consistency of late, going 2-3 over his last five fights. He dropped his last fight at UFC 263 via split decision against Carlos Felipe.
Inconsistent ways continue
June 12, 2021
Collier lost to Carlos Felipe via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 263 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
It's a tough loss for Collier in a fight in which there was very little separating the two men. Collier's best round was the first. He made a concerted effort to damage the lead leg of Felipe and it appeared to work. He became less effective in that area as the fight progressed, and Felipe wrestled away the momentum. Collier remains in the midst of a remarkable streak in which he has alternated wins and losses in his past nine fights dating back to December 2014. The good news is that the 32-year-old Missouri native should be due for a victory his next time out.
Fighting Carlos Felipe in June
March 3, 2021
Collier (orbital) is set to face Carlos Felipe in a heavyweight matchup at UFC 263 on June 12, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Collier is coming off a sixth-month medical suspension for a possible non-displaces fracture of his left lateral orbital wall, but he's been cleared for a return to action this summer. He most recently earned an upset win over Gian Villante in Las Vegas last December.