Jake Matthews did not precisely set the world ablaze in his UFC welterweight debut, however he did sufficient to get again within the win column.

After three rounds of intently contested grappling, the transformed light-weight was anointed the winner of his 170-pound tilt with Bojan Velickovic by break up choice at UFC Battle Night time 121 in Sydney on Saturday. The decision snapped Matthews’ two-fight skid, boosting his promotional report to 5-Three in the identical metropolis he submitted Vagner Rocha in his second stroll to the Octagon three years in the past.

After an uneventful first spherical that noticed Matthews work to impose his will within the grappling exchanges – whereas consuming quick pictures to the face towards the fence – it was Velickovic who gained the higher hand on the mat within the second stanza. The Serbian native countered an early takedown try from his foe with a guillotine from full mount, then cruised from again management as soon as Matthews had escaped the choke.

The 23-year-old Matthews received the higher of the leather-based exchanges to shut out Spherical 2, then traded takedowns with Velickovic to open the third. After his foe as soon as once more threatened with the choke from again management, Matthews dug deep to regain the dominant place, ending the combat on Velickovic’s again. When all was stated and completed, two of three judges gave the Aussie the nod by scores of 29-28.

Velickovic has now misplaced two straight and three of his final 4 over the previous 11 months. His UFC report now sits at 2-Three-1.

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