Jake Matthews will fight in front of his home fans again, and he’ll do so in his original weight class.
Matthews (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will move back up to welterweight to fight Bojan Velickovic (15-5-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 121 next month. The Australian announced his move from lightweight and the fight booking to Australia’s Herald Sun. The UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Nov. 18 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Matthews started his career at welterweight for his first six fights, all of which came in his native Australia. But he dropped to lightweight for an opportunity to sign with the UFC, where he won four of his first five fights with the promotion – all by stoppage.
But in July 2016 at the TUF 23 Finale, he was stopped with a first-round TKO by Kevin Lee, and later that year, in November, he dropped a split decision to Andrew Holbrook, who was the biggest underdog at UFC Fight Night 101, giving him the first losing skid of his career. When he steps in the cage against Velickovic, it will be his first fight in a year.
Velickovic will try to get back on track after a decision loss to Darren Till in September in the Netherlands. That erased the good memory of a bonus-winning knockout of Nico Musoke in Sweden in May, which was his first win in more than a year.
The latest UFC Fight Night 121 card includes: