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Jake Matthews Fighting Off Nerves to Get the Win at UFC Fight Night 121

November 19, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Jake Matthews spoke following his win over Bojan Velickovic at UFC Fight Night 121 on Saturday night. The highlights from the interview are below, per MMAjunkie:

On his mental state going into the fight: “It’s obviously good to get the win. I was very nervous before this fight after the last two losses. I knew I had to get the win, but the nerves had shut me down a bit. It wasn’t the best fight. I pretty much flipped the game plan around.”

On keeping himself focused: “I was just harboring a lot of emotion. I couldn’t even look at the crowd walking out because I would start crying. To be fighting in Australia, back in the octagon after 12 months out, I could hear all my friends and family – it was good.”

On sticking with welterweight: “I’ve still got a good 12 months before I probably get up to a proper welterweight size. I went 7-0 as a welterweight (before I came to the UFC), and I was walking around probably at 165 pounds back then – weighing in in pants and with phones in my pocket just to seem bigger. Obviously, welterweight in the UFC is a little different. I was just testing the waters (Saturday), but I’m just happy to get a win. I got a little bit sick after the last one cutting that much weight, so I felt a lot better this time.”