Date: Sunday 19th November, 3am (UK)
Location: Sydney, Australia
Venue: Qudos Bank Arena
Jake Matthews makes the short trip from Melbourne and will have virtually the whole crowd behind him when he takes on Bojan Veličković. He will be grateful for the support as he hasn’t fought in a year with the added pressure of having lost his last two fights.
Since joining the UFC after his stint on The Ultimate Fighter, Matthews has had all of his fights at lightweight and has suffered his only three losses in his last five fights. Looking to regain some form and avoid the gruelling weight cut he has decided to move back up to welterweight.
For his welterweight debut in the UFC he has been handed a stern test in the form of a former middleweight. The Serbian is an excellent grappler with a background of Sambo, Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is eager to show these skills off and earn his first submission win in the UFC. Easier said than done as Matthews is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
These fighters are as evenly matched as they are well-rounded but the key stat we have highlighted in the statistical breakdown is the weight as Matthews is unbeaten as a welterweight.
Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.