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RECAP! Matthews Survives Eye-Gouge, Wins Decision!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight bruisers Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang battled last night (Sat., Feb. 10, 2018) at UFC 221 inside Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.

When Jingliang was first signed, it was with few expectations. However, the Chinese athlete has come a long way since then, securing multiple knockout wins and entering this bout on a significant win streak. Interestingly, the opposite was true for his opponent. Matthews entered UFC hyped as an Australian wunderkind, and he lived up to early expectations. Since then, however, “The Celtic Kid” has struggled, seemingly unsure of his own mid-fight decisions.

The 23-year-old turned that around last night, looking better than ever.

After a brief feeling out process, Matthews began to find success with his in-and-out combinations, scoring some hard shots on his advancing foe. Jingliang did not back off, moving forward behind the jab and trying to time a heavy right hand across his foe’s joe.

Jingliang had trouble finding his range and tried to force the issue, but he ran into a brutal counter right hand from Matthews that saw him hit the mat. Matthews immediately jumped into mount, dropping punches and transitioning into back mount. Matthews controlled the fight from there until the end of the round, trying to sink in a rear naked choke.

It was a drastically different start for Matthews compared to his tentative Welterweight debut.

An early exchange saw both men land power shots and gave Matthews a chance to jump on a guillotine, but Jingliang used toughness and some fingers in the eyes to escape. From top position, Jingliang dropped hammers on the Aussie, who scrambled up quickly and returned to the favor.

At the halfway point of the round, Jingliang’s forward march was beginning to wear on “The Celtic Kid.” Matthews found himself backed into the fence more often, where Jingliang’s big combinations were far more accurate. Matthews was not done though, he fired heavy shots back despite his obvious fatigue.

Cheater tactics or not, Jingliang was back in the fight.

Jingliang, as usual, continued walking his foe down into the third, firing right hands and low kicks. Matthews answered with a double leg takedown, but he was unable to hold “The Leech” down, who continued to stalk his foe with power shots.

A big right hand from Matthews stunned the Chinese athlete, but Jingliang somehow immediately scrambled into top position. Matthews was able to return to his feet rather quickly, and the pair scrapped to the final bell.

All three judges awarded Jake Matthews the victory.

This was a vastly superior “Celtic Kid” compared to his last few bouts. The biggest improvement was some mix of confidence and comfort, as Matthews has always shown skilled-but-inconsistent kickboxing. In this bout, he really did let his hands go, and the results were pretty stunning.

Matthews did a great job of maintaining an extra step of distance. Jingliang tried to lead with the cross and 1-2 all night, but Matthews stayed just out of range. When Matthews led, it was with a big movement — like a flying knee or lunging punch — but much of his success came by countering when Jingliang came up short.

All in all, both men found success in the grappling, so it really was Matthews’ improved kickboxing that earned him the victory.

First and foremost, Jingliang’s eye gouging is something I’m obligated to address. It was obviously an illegal way for Jingliang to escape the guillotine, and it was definitely intentional. From a fighter’s perspective, however, I have no real issue with “The Leech.” Those who fight tend to understand that anything goes, and if the referee doesn’t call it, it never happened.

Most fans will be pissed, but Jingliang’s tactic kept him in the fight and gave him a chance to win. Ask yourself, “would I cheat to give myself a chance at $ 20,000?” Jingliang’s win bonus is somewhere around that figure, and more than that, simply not wanting to lose on the big stage is a motivator to do crazy things. Outside of the foul, only Jingliang’s toughness and cardio kept the fight close. “The Leech” made few adjustments and made poor tactical errors throughout the fight, which allowed Matthews to do so much damage. In the future, Jingliang must do a better job of closing the distance.

Last night, Jake Matthews scored the biggest win of his pro career. What’s next for the young prospect?

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UFC 221 Bonuses: Matthews, Li, Adesanya, ‘Formiga’ Receive $50K Awards

Jake Matthews, Jingliang Li, Israel Adesanya and Jussier da Silva were the recipients of $ 50,000 post-fight bonuses at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia, on Saturday night.
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UFC 221 Bonuses: Matthews, Li, Adesanya, ‘Formiga’ Receive $50K Awards

Jake Matthews, Jingliang Li, Israel Adesanya and Jussier da Silva were the recipients of $ 50,000 post-fight bonuses at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia, on Saturday night.
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UFC 221 Bonuses: Matthews, Li, Adesanya, ‘Formiga’ Receive $50K Awards

Jake Matthews, Jingliang Li, Israel Adesanya and Jussier da Silva were the recipients of $ 50,000 post-fight bonuses at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia, on Saturday night.
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UFC 221 Bonuses: Matthews, Li, Adesanya, ‘Formiga’ Receive $50K Awards

Jake Matthews, Jingliang Li, Israel Adesanya and Jussier da Silva were the recipients of $ 50,000 post-fight bonuses at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia, on Saturday night.
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Lightweights Jake Matthews, Kevin Lee to Clash at ‘TUF 23’ Finale on July 8

Lightweight prospects Jake Matthews and Kevin Lee will lock horns at “The Ultimate Fighter 23” finale.
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Stevie Ray out, Kevin Lee in against Jake Matthews at TUF 23 Finale

Lightweight prospect Stevie Ray has been forced to withdraw from his fight on July 8 against Jake Matthews at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, the UFC confirmed on Thursday following an initial report by The Daily Telegraph. In Ray’s stead, Matthews will take on fellow prospect Kevin Lee, who steps in as a replacement on five weeks’ notice.

Lee (12-2) is a 23-year-old former Division II wrestler who has won five of his seven contests inside the Octagon since debuting in 2014.

Nicknamed “The Motown Phenom,” Lee saw his four-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Leonardo Santos at UFC 194, but rebounded to pick up a unanimous decision victory over former TUF winner Efrain Escudero in April.

He’ll now face Matthews (10-1), a 21-year-old prospect from Australia who has cemented himself as a name to watch with a string of impressive performances since debuting on TUF Nations.

Matthews has won of four of his five UFC contests, all via stoppage. He earned his first ‘Fight of the Night’ honor in March with an electric three-round brawl against Johnny Case, which Matthews won in the closing seconds via rear-naked choke.

TUF 23 Finale takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by a strawweight title fight between UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha.

An updated fight card can be seen below.

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Johnny Case vs. Jake Matthews set for UFC Fight Night 84 in Brisbane

UFC lightweights Johnny Case and Jake Matthews will face off March 20 at UFC Fight Night 84 in Brisbane, Australia.

MMAFighting.com confirmed the news after Combat Press initially published the report.

For Case (22-4), the bout marks his fifth UFC appearance. The 26-year-old fighter is 4-0 inside the UFC Octagon to this point, notching a submission of Kazuki Tokudome, a TKO of Frankie Perez, and two decisions—one against Fransico Trevino and one against Yan Cabral.

The 21-year-old Matthews (9-1), meanwhile, is  3-1 in UFC action. He’s earned a finish in all three of his victories—a submission of Dashon Johnson, a submission of Vagner Rocha, and a TKO of Akbarh Arreola—while his sole defeat came at the squeeze of James Vick, who defeated Matthews via first-round guillotine.

The UFC Fight Night 84 card is headlined by a heavyweight title between Mark Hunt (11-10-1) and Frank Mir (18-10). A welterweight clash between Hector Lombard (34-4-1, two no-contests) and Neil Magny (17-4) will serve as the evening’s co-main event.

Other fights officially announced for the March 20 showcase include James Te Huna vs. Steve Bosse, Daniel Kelly vs. Antonio Carlos Junior, and Brendan O’Reilly vs. Alan Jouban.

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Johnny Case vs. Jake Matthews set for UFC Fight Night 84 in Brisbane

UFC lightweights Johnny Case and Jake Matthews will face off March 20 at UFC Fight Night 84 in Brisbane, Australia.

MMAFighting.com confirmed the news after Combat Press initially published the report.

For Case (22-4), the bout marks his fifth UFC appearance. The 26-year-old fighter is 4-0 inside the UFC Octagon to this point, notching a submission of Kazuki Tokudome, a TKO of Frankie Perez, and two decisions—one against Fransico Trevino and one against Yan Cabral.

The 21-year-old Matthews (9-1), meanwhile, is  3-1 in UFC action. He’s earned a finish in all three of his victories—a submission of Dashon Johnson, a submission of Vagner Rocha, and a TKO of Akbarh Arreola—while his sole defeat came at the squeeze of James Vick, who defeated Matthews via first-round guillotine.

The UFC Fight Night 84 card is headlined by a heavyweight title between Mark Hunt (11-10-1) and Frank Mir (18-10). A welterweight clash between Hector Lombard (34-4-1, two no-contests) and Neil Magny (17-4) will serve as the evening’s co-main event.

Other fights officially announced for the March 20 showcase include James Te Huna vs. Steve Bosse, Daniel Kelly vs. Antonio Carlos Junior, and Brendan O’Reilly vs. Alan Jouban.

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Johnny Case vs. Jake Matthews set for UFC Fight Night 84 in Brisbane

UFC lightweights Johnny Case and Jake Matthews will face off March 20 at UFC Fight Night 84 in Brisbane, Australia.

MMAFighting.com confirmed the news after Combat Press initially published the report.

For Case (22-4), the bout marks his fifth UFC appearance. The 26-year-old fighter is 4-0 inside the UFC Octagon to this point, notching a submission of Kazuki Tokudome, a TKO of Frankie Perez, and two decisions—one against Fransico Trevino and one against Yan Cabral.

The 21-year-old Matthews (9-1), meanwhile, is  3-1 in UFC action. He’s earned a finish in all three of his victories—a submission of Dashon Johnson, a submission of Vagner Rocha, and a TKO of Akbarh Arreola—while his sole defeat came at the squeeze of James Vick, who defeated Matthews via first-round guillotine.

The UFC Fight Night 84 card is headlined by a heavyweight title between Mark Hunt (11-10-1) and Frank Mir (18-10). A welterweight clash between Hector Lombard (34-4-1, two no-contests) and Neil Magny (17-4) will serve as the evening’s co-main event.

Other fights officially announced for the March 20 showcase include James Te Huna vs. Steve Bosse, Daniel Kelly vs. Antonio Carlos Junior, and Brendan O’Reilly vs. Alan Jouban.

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