Stats & Records
Wins by Knockout
Wins by Submission
First Round Finishes
- Sig. Strikes Landed
- Sig. Strikes Attempted
- Takedowns Landed
- Takedowns Attempted
- Sig. Str. Defense is the percentage of significant strikes attempted against a fighter that do not land.
- Takedown defense is the percentage of takedowns attempted against a fighter that do not land.
- Knockdown Avg. is the average number of knockdowns per 15 Minutes window.
Sig. Str. By Position
Sig. Str. by target
Win by Method
- Team Australia on TUF Nations
- Pro since 2012
- Six wins by KO, seven by submission (6 RNC, 1 triangle)
- Three first round finishes
- 11 fights back at welterweight (8-3) after 4-3 run at lightweight
- Has won five of his last seven
UFC 291 (7/29/23) Matthews submitted Darrius Flowers via rear naked choke at 2:37 of the second round
UFC Fight Night (12/17/22) Matthews lost a three round unanimous decision to Matthew Semelsberger
UFC 275 (6/11/22) Matthews knocked out Andre Fialho at 2:24 of the second round
UFC 259 (3/6/21) Matthews was submitted by Sean Brady via arm triangle choke at 3:28 of the third round
UFC 253 (9/27/20) Matthews won a three round unanimous decision over Diego Sanchez
UFC Fight Night (2/23/20) Matthews won a three round unanimous decision over Emil Meek
UFC 243 (10/6/19) Matthews won a three round unanimous decision over Rostem Akman
UFC Fight Night (12/2/18) Matthews was submitted by Anthony Rocco Martin via anaconda choke at 1:19 of the third round
UFC Fight Night (6/23/18) Matthews submitted Shinsho Anzai via rear naked choke at 2:42 of the first round
UFC 221 (2/11/18) Matthews won a three round unanimous decision over Li Jingliang
UFC Fight Night (11/19/17) Matthews won a three round split decision over Bojan Velickovic
UFC Fight Night (11/27/16) Matthews lost a three round split decision to Andrew Holbrook
TUF 23 Finale (7/8/16) Matthews was stopped by Kevin Lee via strikes at 4:06 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (3/20/16) Matthews submitted Johnny Case via rear naked choke at 4:45 of the third round
UFC 193 (11/15/15) Matthews stopped Akbarh Arreola (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of round two
UFC Fight Night (5/10/15) Matthews was submitted by James Vick via guillotine choke at 4:53 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (11/8/14) Matthews submitted Vagner Rocha via rear naked choke at 1:52 of the second round
UFC Fight Night (6/28/14) Matthews submitted Dashon Johnson via triangle choke at 3:16 of the third round
In the quarterfinals, Matthews lost a two round unanimous decision to Olivier Aubin-Mercier
TRAINING: Every day varies in format and intensity; they usually start around 8am and conclude around 9pm. There's plenty of down time in between, but a longer day with the right amount of rest is important.
When and why did you start training for fighting? At age 15 I began training in BJJ at a local MMA gym. At the time I was playing representative football (Aussie rules) and needed a means to stay fit during the off-season. I immediately fell in love with the sport, crossed over to MMA and never looked back.
What ranks and titles have you held? I hold multiple state and national titles in BJJ. Silver medalist in Australian Wrestling Championships. At age 18 I won the Australian and East Coast Welterweight MMA titles.
Do you have any heroes? My greatest hero is my Dad, who is also my head coach. My Dad is the one who pushes me to be my best and without his guidance I wouldn't have made it as far as I have in the sport of MMA.
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It was the dream of a 15-year-old kid, all the dedication, commitment, every drop of sweat, every training session all focused on one goal: The opportunity to compete at the highest level in the greatest fight organization in the world.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I am currently studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Physical Education.
What was your job before you started fighting? At 19 I'm fresh out of school and studying at University.
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I went undefeated for 10 fights in my amateur career and won the Victorian amateur MMA title.
Ranks in any martial arts styles: I hold a black belt in BJJ under Carlos Portugese Viera
Favorite grappling technique: Triangle choke