Emil Meek
Valhalla
Taking on Jordan Matthews
WelterweightUFC
November 27, 2019
Meek will fight Jordan Matthews in a welterweight bout on Feb. 22 at UFC Auckland, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Meek hasn't entered the Octagon since June of 2018 after tending to a few injuries. Matthews is a difficult draw, as he's won four of his last five bouts and is 15-4 overall on the UFC stage.
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Unable to fend off pressure in loss
WelterweightUFC
July 22, 2018
Meek lost to Bartosz Fabinski via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.
ANALYSIS
Meek must have been well aware of the strategy Fabinski was going to employ in this fight but aside from a window of opportunity in the third round, it didn't make a difference, as Fabinski's pressure and smothering takedowns were simply too much for the 29-year-old. Meek has shown himself to be an exciting striker but has fought his last two bouts against dedicated wrestlers. He will likely get another chance with the UFC but is now 1-2 in the company since making his debut in December of 2016.
Will fight at UFC Hamburg
WelterweightUFC
June 1, 2018
Meek will face Bartosz Fabinski at UFC Hamburg on July 22, MMA Fighting reports.
ANALYSIS
Meek has a 9-3 record over his professional fighting career, but is just 1-1 under UFC after losing to Kamaru Usman at UFC Fight Night 124 in a unanimous decision. His upcoming opponent, Fabinski, is 2-0 since joining UFC.
Meeks losing a wrestling contest against Kamaru Usman
WelterweightUFC
January 14, 2018
Meek lost to Kamaru Usman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in St. Louis.
ANALYSIS
Meek's best chance to win this fight was a guillotine choke inside the first minute. After that, Usman took over. He continued to land takedowns and work from the top. Meek did his best to stay in the fight, but he could not stop takedowns. Usman was able to score takedowns at will, and that was the story of the fight. Meek falls to 1-1 in the UFC and 9-3 overall.
Scheduled fight against Usman bumped up
WelterweightUFC
December 18, 2017
Meek's welterweight matchup with Kamaru Usman been rescheduled for UFC Saint Louis on January 14, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Originally scheduled to throw down at UFC 219 on Dec. 30, it was reported last week that Meek and Usman would instead square off at UFC 220 on Jan. 20. Now, that fight will get moved up a week to help bolster a card headlined by Jeremy Stephens and Doo Ho Choi.
Visa issues resolved, fight moved to January
WelterweightUFC
December 13, 2017
Meek's welterweight matchup with Kamaru Usman has been rescheduled for UFC 220 on January 20 in Boston, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Meek only has one UFC fight under his belt, but the 29-year-old Norwegian was one of the few willing to step up and face such a highly-regarded prospect in Usman. The fight, which was originally scheduled for Dec. 30, was in limbo for weeks due to visa issues, but now fight fans have a new date to look forward to. Meek represents a formidable challenge and boasts underrated submission skills, but Usman has more of a proven track record, which should land Meek as the betting underdog.