Jake Matthews vs Rostem Akman set for UFC 243 in Melbourne
Jake Matthews at UFC 221 | Pic: / Pic: Emanuel Rudnicki/FIGHTMAG

Jake Matthews returns to action on October 6 at UFC 243 held at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Battling it out in his home town “The Celtic Kid” takes on Rostem Akman of Sweden.

Jake Matthews (14-4) was last seen inside the Octagon in December 2018 at UFC Fight Night in Adelaide, where he was submitted in the third round by Anthony Rocco Martin. Before that he was riding a three-fight win streak including the victories against Shinsho Anzai, Li Jingliang and Bojan Velickovic.

Rostem Akman (6-1) also lost his previous bout. Making his UFC debut this past June in Stockholm, he dropped a unanimous decision against Sergey Khandozhko. Before that he won all of his previous outings before the final bell against Mauricio Reis, Frodi Vitalis Hansen, Shah Hussain, among others.

The Matthews vs. Akman bout is scheduled for three rounds.

The promotion has also confirmed the women’s bantamweight battle between Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington.

UFC 243 is headlined by Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya. The pair squares off in the middleweight championship unification.

The announced to date list of bouts can be found below. Other matchups are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

UFC 243 fight card

Middleweight Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya
Women’s Bantamweight Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
Heavyweight Yorgan De Castro vs. Justin Tafa
Welterweight Luke Jumeau vs. Dhiego Lima
Welterweight Jake Matthews vs. Rostem Akman

Announced bouts
Heavyweight Tai Tuivasa vs. Sergey Spivak
Women’s Flyweight Nadia Kassem vs. Ji Yeon Kim
Women’s Featherweight Megan Anderson vs. Zarah Fairn Dos Santos
Lightweight Dan Hooker vs. Al Iaquinta