Jake Matthews Showcases His Boxing At UFC 275
At UFC 275, Jake Matthews put on a spectacular performance against Andre Fialho. For the duration of the bout, Matthews landed powerful punches and repeatedly rocked Fialho before getting a knockout in round two.
For Matthews, he displayed massive improvements in the boxing department.
“It’s either knock him out or get knocked out trying,” Matthews said. “I would have been happy with either. Honestly, I would have been happy to go in there, as long as I can showcase that boxing, if I end up getting knocked out so be it. That happens in this sport. I wanted to at least showcase what we have been working on and show everyone how good I actually am.Matthew’s UFC Post Fight Press Conference via MMA Fighting
That attitude translated to the fight as Matthews threw heavy leather all fight long while smoking Fialho with pinpoint accuracy. In all honesty, it did not seem like Fialho ever had a chance in this one. That just goes to show how well Matthews fought.
Matthews has always been a good striker but he took it to another level at UFC 275. In Vendetta’s preview for UFC 275, Garrett and I both predicted that Fialho would win by knockout. After all, Fialho is a great striker who was coming off two electric knockouts. Without a doubt, Matthews putting on a boxing clinic was not something many people saw coming. However, Matthews truly attempted to display his boxing improvements and that is exactly what he did. It did not take long for Matthews to establish that he was going to pick Fialho apart and do so with ease.
This is probably Matthews’ best performance in the UFC octagon. That is saying a lot considering that he has 16 UFC fights under his belt. Matthews joined the UFC at only 19-years old. In his youth, he showed a lot of potential and his 10-5 start in the company was impressive but he never ascended to the top portions of the welterweight rankings. Now at 27-years-old, Matthews appears to be putting all his skills together and may start to climb his way towards the top of the division.