Jake Matthews (fighter)

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Jake Matthews
Jake Mattews & Jon Jones.jpg
Jake Matthews (left) & Jon Jones (right)
BornJake Aaron Matthews
(1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 24)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Other namesThe Celtic Kid
ResidenceEpping, Victoria, Australia
Height5 ft 11 12 in (1.82 m)[1]
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionLightweight (2014–2017)
Welterweight (2012–2014) (2017–present)
Reach73 in (185 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofEpping, Victoria, Australia
TeamXLR8 Training Centre
Rank     Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos "Português" Vieira[2]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission7
By decision3
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jake Aaron Matthews[3] (born 19 August 1994) is an Australian mixed martial artist currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's Welterweight division.


Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Matthews began training in mixed martial arts out of a shed in the backyard of his parents' house, sparring with his younger brother and being coached by his father.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Matthews made his professional mixed martial arts debut at the age of 18 in September 2012 competing for regional promotions in the Greater Melbourne area where he compiled a record of 7–0 prior joining UFC.[5]

The Ultimate Fighter: Nations[edit]

In December 2013, it was announced that Matthews would be a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia, representing Australia at welterweight.[6] Matthews went on to lose his opening fight in the tournament, dropping a unanimous decision to eventual finalist Olivier Aubin-Mercier and was subsequently eliminated from the show.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]


After winning a fight after his stint on TUF, Matthews made his official UFC debut on 28 June 2014 at UFC Fight Night 43, where he faced promotional newcomer Dashon Johnson in a lightweight bout.[8] Matthews defeated Johnson via submission in the third round.[9]

For his second fight with the promotion, Matthews faced Vagner Rocha on 8 November 2014 at UFC Fight Night 55.[10] Matthews won the fight via second round submission.[11]


Matthews faced James Vick on 10 May 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65.[12] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[13]

Matthews was expected to face Mickael Lebout on 18 July 2015 at UFC Fight Night 72.[14] However, Matthews pulled out of the fight on 9 July citing injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Teemu Packalen.[15]

Matthews faced Akbarh Arreola on 15 November 2015 at UFC 193.[16] Matthews won via doctor stoppage between rounds 2 and 3, after scoring a takedown early in the second round and inflicting severe damage to Arreola's right eye with punches and elbows.[17]


Matthews faced Johnny Case on 20 March 2016 at UFC Fight Night 85.[18] He won the bout via submission in the third round.[19] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night.[20]

Matthews was expected to face Stevie Ray on 8 July 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.[21] However, Ray pulled out of the fight on June 2 citing alleged visa issues and was replaced by Kevin Lee.[22] Lee won via TKO in the first round.[23]

Matthews next faced Andrew Holbrook on 27 November 2016 at UFC Fight Night 101.[24] He lost the fight via split decision.[25]


Matthews faced Bojan Veličković in a welterweight bout on 19 November 2017 at UFC Fight Night 121.[26] He won the fight via split decision.[27]


Matthews faced Li Jingliang on 11 February 2018 at UFC 221.[28] where he won via unanimous decision.[29] This win earned him the Fight of the Night bonus.[30]

Matthews faced Shinsho Anzai on June 23, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 132.[31] He won the fight via rear-naked choke in the first round.[32]

Matthews faced Tony Martin on December 2, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 142.[33] He lost the fight via an anaconda choke in round three.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Matthews has a daughter, Alani, who was born on January 5, 2019.[35]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–4 Anthony Rocco Martin Technical Submission (anaconda choke) UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa 2 December 2018 3 1:19 Adelaide, Australia
Win 14–3 Shinsho Anzai Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards 23 June 2018 1 3:44 Kallang, Singapore
Win 13–3 Li Jingliang Decision (unanimous) UFC 221 11 February 2018 3 5:00 Perth, Australia Fight of the Night.
Win 12–3 Bojan Veličković Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura 19 November 2017 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia Return to Welterweight.
Loss 11–3 Andrew Holbrook Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson 27 November 2016 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Loss 11–2 Kevin Lee TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale 8 July 2016 1 4:06 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–1 Johnny Case Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir 20 March 2016 3 4:45 Brisbane, Australia Fight of the Night.
Win 10–1 Akbarh Arreola TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 193 15 November 2015 2 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Loss 9–1 James Vick Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt 10 May 2015 1 4:53 Adelaide, Australia
Win 9–0 Vagner Rocha Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Bisping 8 November 2014 2 1:52 Sydney, Australia
Win 8–0 Dashon Johnson Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Te-Huna vs. Marquardt 28 June 2014 3 3:16 Auckland, New Zealand Lightweight debut.
Win 7–0 Stuart Dare Decision (unanimous) Shamrock Events: King of Combat 12 26 April 2014 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Win 6–0 Dean Purdon Submission (rear-naked choke) Australian Fighting Championships 6 24 August 2013 2 2:42 Melbourne, Australia
Win 5–0 Tadija Majic TKO (punches) Shamrock Events: Night of Mayhem 7 22 June 2013 1 2:25 Melbourne, Australia
Win 4–0 Luke Jumeau Submission (rear-naked choke) Australian Fighting Championships 5 10 May 2013 2 1:14 Melbourne, Australia
Win 3–0 Callan Potter Submission (triangle choke) Night of Mayhem 6 16 March 2013 1 1:42 Melbourne, Australia
Win 2–0 Jason Zivkovic TKO (punches) Shamrock Events: Kings of Kombat 8 8 December 2012 1 0:23 Melbourne, Australia
Win 1–0 Sam Fiamatai TKO (punches) Shamrock Events: Night of Mayhem 5 15 September 2012 2 1:47 Melbourne, Australia


Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Olivier Aubin-Mercier Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia February 27, 2014 (airdate) 2 5:00 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Quarter-finals.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Jake Matthews UFC profile". ufc.com.
  2. ^ Harry Davies (July 14, 2017). "Jake Matthews guns for big name at UFC Sydney". Fight News Australia.
  3. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/boxingnvgov/content/results/2016_Results/07-08-16MMA.pdf
  4. ^ Raimondi, Marc. "Jake Matthews trained for UFC fights in small shed in his backyard until recently". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Patrick Cote pumped to lead Team Canada in The Ultimate Fighter". Torontosun.com. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  6. ^ Zane Simon (3 December 2013). "Report: TUF Nations cast announced". bloodyelbow.com.
  7. ^ Mike Bohn (26 February 2014). "Episode No. 7 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia'". mmajunkie.com.
  8. ^ Zane Simon (2014-05-21). "Welcome to the UFC Entwistle, Hooker, Johnson, & Matthews". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  9. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-06-28). "UFC Fight Night 43 results: Relentless Jake Matthews taps Dashon Johnson in third". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
  10. ^ Jacob Cooper (2014-09-11). "Jake Matthews vs. Vagner Rocha added to UFC Fight Night 55". fansided.com. Retrieved 2014-09-11.
  11. ^ "Jake Matthews submits Vagner Rocha at UFC Fight Night 55 to remain undefeated". fightnewsaustralia.com. 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2014-09-11.
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night 65 official for Australia with Hunt-Miocic, Tavares-Whittaker, more". mmajunkie.com. 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2015-02-17.
  13. ^ Steven Marrocco (9 May 2015). "UFC Fight Night 65 results: James Vick shocks Jake Matthews with crushing guillotine". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Jake Matthews vs. Mickael Lebout booked for UFC Fight Night 72". themmareport.com. 2015-06-12. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  15. ^ "Teemu Packalen in for Jake Matthews against Mickael Lebout at UFC Fight Night 72". mmajunkie.com. 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  16. ^ Larissa Nicholson (2015-08-19). "UFC to bring cage fighting to Etihad Stadium". smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  17. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-11-14). "UFC 193 results: Jake Matthews busts up the face of Akbarh Arreola for doctor's stoppage". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  18. ^ Hunter A. Homistek (2016-01-19). "Johnny Case vs. Jake Matthews set for UFC Fight Night 84 in Brisbane". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  19. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-03-19). "UFC Fight Night 85 results: Jake Matthews submits Johnny Case with seconds left in fight". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  20. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2016-03-20). "UFC Fight Night Brisbane bonuses: Magny, Hunt, Matthews, Case earn $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  21. ^ "Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray slated for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale". mmajunkie.com. 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  22. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2016-06-02). "Stevie Ray out, Kevin Lee in against Jake Matthews at TUF 23 Finale". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  23. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-07-08). "TUF 23 Finale results: Kevin Lee storms past Jake Matthews with brutal ground assault". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  24. ^ "Jake Matthews vs. Andrew Holbrook slated for UFC Fight Night 101". themmareport.com. 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  25. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-11-27). "UFC Fight Night 101 results: Biggest 'dog on card, Andrew Holbrook takes split from Jake Matthews". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-27.
  26. ^ Alex Oates (2017-10-12). "UFC Sydney: Jake Matthews announces move to welterweight, locks in fight with unheralded Serb". couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  27. ^ "UFC Fight Night 121 results: Jake Matthews takes split from Bojan Velickovic in return to 170". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  28. ^ Iskenderov, Parviz (2018-01-02). "Jake Matthews vs Li Jingliang & Luke Jumeau vs Daichi Abe added to UFC 221". FIGHTMAG. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  29. ^ "UFC 221 results: Jake Matthews survives eye gouge, upsets Li Jingliang". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-11. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  30. ^ a b "UFC 221 bonuses: Much-hyped newcomer among night's $50,000 winners". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-11. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  31. ^ Sherdog.com. "Ovince St. Preux vs. Tyson Pedro, Two Other Bouts Booked for UFC Fight Night 132 in Singapore". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  32. ^ "UFC Fight Night 132 results: Jake Matthews makes Shinsho Anzai pay for takedown attempt with quick submission". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  33. ^ "Matthews, Martin to locks horns in Adelaide". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  34. ^ "Tony Martin Chokes Jake Matthews To Sleep In 3rd". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2018-12-02.
  35. ^ Danny Segura (January 13, 2019). "The Weekly Grind: Colby Covington trolls Dana White, Werdum jumps Dariush & Gastelum in sparring session". mmafighting.com.
  36. ^ Sherdog.com. "UFC Fight Night Brisbane Bonuses: Magny, Hunt, Matthews, Case Earn $50K". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  37. ^ a b Sherdog.com. "Jake". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-10-28.

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