To finish off the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 43: Te Huna vs. Marquardt in Auckland, New Zealand, Dashon Johnson and 19 year old Jake Matthews, who is the youngest fighter on the UFC roster, faced off in a lightweight bout.
Both men were making their UFC debuts, with the undefeated Matthews (5-0) fighting close to home. Matthews, a Melbourne, Australia native, was hoping to put on an impressive show to keep his undefeated record intact and to please the New Zealand fans.
For Johnson (9-0), a former pro boxer, he was a far way from his home in the United States, but that wouldn’t stop him from looking to impress the UFC bosses in his first outing inside of the Octagon.
It was a classic bout where someone’s “0″ had to go, so who was able to keep their record without a loss?
We’ve got the answer.
Round 1: Johnson ducked under a looping right from Matthews as the fight began, but quickly found himself with his back against the cage in the clinch. Matthews smothered Johnson early and threw some shoulder strikes and knees before shooting for a single. Johnson stopped the takedown and jumped for an arm-in guillotine, but Matthews eased his way to the mat and immediately started throwing some big shots from inside of Johnson’s guard. It was a questionable move for Johnson to pull guard and it didn’t pay off. Matthews was throwing some vicious elbows that opened up the head of Johnson. Matthews moved to side control and then dragged Johnson away from the cage. Matthews worked from north-south position, before moving back to side control and imposing his will. Matthews was aggressive on the ground and was relentless with the elbows as he continued to rain down some brutal ground-and-pound. JOhnson attempted to get back to his feet, but Matthews quickly regained control and threw some additional shots as the round came to an end. FanSided scorecard: 10-9, Matthews
Round 2: Matthews stayed aggressive to start the second round and avoided a wild upper cut from Johnson, but he ate the second uppercut attempt from Johnson as he shot for a takedown. Matthews got a front headlock and threw a big knee. Matthews shot for a takedown against the cage, but he ate some elbows for his efforts. Unfortunately for Johnson, they were 12-6 elbows and the referee deducted a point from Johnson which left him in a bad position. Matthews landed a clean kick to the body when the action restarted and stalked Johnson around the cage. Matthews kept the pressure on Johnson against the cage. Matthews looked for a takedown, but Johnson hit a beautiful counter to get right back to his feet. Matthews was relentless against the cage, but unable to get the fight to the mat. Matthews finally landed a takedown as the round came to an end and passed to side control. FanSided scorecard: 10-8, Matthews (20-17, Matthews)
Round 3: Johnson landed some heavy shots and showcased the speed in his hands at the beginning of the final round. Johnson knew he needed a finish and was searching for the fight ending shot. Johnson landed a big uppercut, but Matthews landed a perfect takedown right into mount with a guillotine attempt. Johnson got out of the choke, but he started to eat some heavy ground-and-pound . Johnson gave up his back and Matthews looked for a rear-naked choke with his hooks in. Matthews flattened out Johnson and continued to look for the finish. Johnson reversed position and landed on top, but he found himself in a triangle that the 19 year old was able to lock up to finish the fight.
Official Result: Jake Matthews def. Dashon Johnson via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 3:16
Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com throughout the remainder of the day for blow-by-blow coverage of the UFC’s double-header.
You can see the latest UFC Fight Night 43 results below:
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- Richie Vaculik def. Roaldan Sangcha-an via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Vik Grujic def. Chris Indich via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:55
- Neil Magny def. Rodrigo Goiana de Lima via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:32
- Daniel Hooker def. Ian Entwistle via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, 3:34
- Gian Villante def. Sean O’Connell via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)