Jake “The Celtic Kid” Matthews has taken the MMA and UFC worlds by storm. Only one of his first eight professional fights went the distance. He has reached heights unusual for one his age. Yet, Jake has managed to keep his sense of perspective, thanks to strong family ties that nurture his growth both as a person and as a fighter.

Quick Success
Jake began his training at age 15 by studying Brazilian jujitsu at a local MMA gym. Fighting professionally wasn’t his objective. Instead, he saw the martial arts as a way to keep in shape during breaks from playing representative (Australian rules) football. He did much more than that, going undefeated in 10 amateur fights and winning the Victorian amateur MMA title. That led to his turning pro in 2013. Jake adjusted quickly to the pro world. He won three of his first six fights by knockout and the other three by submission. He didn’t have to go the distance as a pro until his seventh fight, which he won by unanimous decision. Throughout his early career, Jake had one goal in mind: to fight in UFC. He met that goal in 2014 and made an impact in his debut by becoming the youngest fighter in UFC history to win by submission, using one of his favorite moves, the triangle choke.

Strong Work Ethic
Ask Jake the secret of his success and he’s quick to credit others, especially hisfather, for urging Jake to be the best he can be in anything he does. This can-do spirit is fundamental to balancing Jake’s full-time MMA training with his studies for a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Physical Education. His day begins early and ends late.

Family Ties
That regimen has already produced regional titles in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, and MMA. Through it all, Jake maintains his sense of perspective. His greatest hero isn’t a martial arts icon; it’s his father, who is both head coach and mentor. That relationship, that bond, is an enviable example of family solidarity. It’s helped Jake open UFC’s eyes with his precedent setting win in New Zealand. With the success he has had in the cage, his physical education career may have to wait.

Jake Matthews won his first MMA Amateur fight by a 2nd Round KO via a head kick at the age of 16. After a couple of amateur fights Jake became the Australian IKBF MMA Australian champion at just 18 years old.
WIN Jake ‘The Celtic Kid ‘ Matthews vs Vagner Rocha UFC Fight Night 55 (7 November 2014) 2nd Round Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
WIN Jake ‘The Celtic Kid ‘ Matthews vs Dashon Johnson UFC Fight Night 43 (28 June 2014) 2nd Round Triangle Choke
WIN Jake ‘The Celtic Kid ‘ Matthews vs Stuart Dare Kings Of Kombat 12 (26 April 2014) Unanimous Decision
WIN Jake ‘The Celtic Kid ‘ Matthews vs Dean ‘The Punisher’ Purdon AFC 6 (24 August 2013) 2nd Round TKO
WIN Jake ‘The Celtic Kid ‘ Matthews vs ‘The Croation Sensation’ Tadija Majic Night Of Mayhem 7 (22 June 2013) 2nd Round TKO
WIN Jake ‘The Celtic Kid ‘ Matthews vs Luke ‘The Juggernaut’ Jumeau AFC 5 (10 May 2013) 2nd Round RNC
WIN Jake ‘The Celtic Kid ‘ Matthews vs Callan ‘The Rockstar’ Potter Night Of Mayhem 6 (16 March 2013) 1st Round Arm Bar
WIN Jake ‘The Celtic Kid ‘ Matthews vs Jason Zivkovic Kings Of Kombat 8 (December 8 2012) 1st Round TKO
WIN Jake ‘The Celtic Kid ‘ Matthews vs Sam Fiamatai Night Of Mayhem 5 (September 15 2012) 2nd Round TKO