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We have a scrap in the Welterweight division, as Jake “The Celtic Kid” Matthews takes on Andre Fialho. Returning to the octagon after a fourteen month layoff, Matthews will look to shake off any rust and get back in the win column. Still only 27 years old, Matthews has plenty of time to unlock his full potential. Meanwhile, Fialho comes into this fight on a two-fight win streak. Having begun the win-streak on April 16th, 2022, Fialho will attempt to win his third straight fight in a mere 56 days.

After debuting against Michel Pereira and giving the Brazilian a tough fight, Fialho looked poised to find success in the UFC. Breaking through against Miguel Baeza, the Portugal native didn’t bask in victory. Instead, he booked a fight twenty-one days later. Winning yet again via an impressive knockout, Fialho only sought out another quick return. One that comes a mere thirty-five days later. A record breaker and soon to be Dana White’s favorite fighter, Fialho has a real chance at creating some massive buzz with another victory.

As for the fight, I’m going with Fialho. A clear problem in the Welterweight division, Fialho brings forth power and excellent counter-striking. While Fialho appeared to come in the UFC with some cardio concerns, a hard fought fifteen minute fight against Pereira showed otherwise. Aside from that, Fialho appears to be the real deal. This fight though may not be easy, as Jake Matthews will be making his fifteenth appearance inside the octagon. Only 27 years old, Matthews is still evolving. With a fairly well rounded game, Matthews is comfortable wherever the fight goes. However, Matthews will adapt and fight to an opponents weakness. Not having seen Fialho have to fend off too many takedown attempts, I’m fairly certain the Celtic Kid will look to wrestle. A smart approach, but one I don’t believe he will be able to maintain for three rounds. Once Fialho has space, I foresee him cracking and finishing Matthews via TKO.

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