Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight finishers Jake Matthews and Andrew Holbrook battled last night (Nov. 26, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 101 inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
Matthews has been rather hot and cold inside the Octagon, generally either dominating his opponents or finding himself on the wrong side of a finish. Luckily, at just 22 years old, he’s still a fighter to keep an eye on. Last night, the young Australian attempted to return to the win column. Meanwhile, Holbrook is still something of a newcomer to UFC lightweight division. This was only his third bout in the promotion, and he had yet to make a strong impression in his previous contests.
That changed here.
Matthews opened the bout looking to maintain his distance while his foe stalked aggressively. Matthews landed a few solid blows — particularly his inside low kick — but Holbrook kept attacking and threw in higher volume. Before long, the fight moved to the mat. The two athletes transitioned and traded positions smoothly, but it was Holbrook who took his foe’s back and controlled until the end of the round.
It was competitive, but Holbrook definitely was the more effective man.
Both men continued to rely on their current game plans, but Matthews was more active in bursting forward from that outside. One such right hand seemed to stun his opponent, which gave Matthews the opening necessary to land a strong takedown and get in top position. From his back, Holbrook jumped on leg locks and kimuras. He wasn’t able to successfully reverse or submit his opponent, but he kept his foe on the defensive and prevented Matthews from really attacking with punches and elbows.
After two rounds, it was likely tied up.
Matthews played a much better matador in the third round, scoring his punches and moving before Holbrook ….View full article
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