Jake Matthews spent the first seven fights of his UFC career competing at lightweight. The young Australian had mixed success at 155 pounds. His record in those outings was 4-3. Following a two-fight losing skid in 2016, Matthews moved back to welterweight, where he had been 7-0 before signing with the UFC.
Matthews won his first three fights at 170 pounds. That winning streak came to an end 1:19 into the third round of his December 2018 matchup against Anthony Rocco Martin when Martin choked Matthews out via an anaconda choke.
The 25-year-old Australian took an extended break after that loss to focus on his family and daughter, who was born in January. Matthews returns to action on Saturday’s UFC 243 fight card where he faces Rostem Akman. Akman joined the UFC in May when he accepted a short notice fight against Sergey Khandozhko. Khandozhko won that matchup by decision. The loss was Akman’s first setback in seven outings.
Matthews is a substantial favorite in this matchup, which he should be.
The UFC has this fight booked at the top of the prelim card. Looking at the experience of his opponent and the odds of the fight, it seems the promotion is hoping that Matthews will get back in the win column in a big way in front of a home crowd.