Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won Matthews vs Morales?
Michael Morales beat Jake Matthews by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the co-main event of UFC Fight Night – Allen vs Craig, on Saturday 18th November 2023 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 27-30, 28-29, 28-29 in favor of winner Michael Morales.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 170 pounds (12.1 stone or 77.1 KG).
Matthews vs Morales stats
Jake Matthews stepped into the octagon with a record of 19 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, 5 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 8 by submission.
Michael Morales made his way to the cage with an unblemished record of 15 wins and 0 draws, with 11 of those by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Morales had a massive power advantage over Matthews, boosting at 73% knock out percentage over Matthews' 26%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Matthews had a massive advantage over Morales, boasting at 42% submission rate over Morales' 7%.
Jake Matthews was the older man by 5 years, at 29 years old.
Morales had a height advantage of 1 inch over Matthews. That also extended to a 7-inch reach advantage.
Matthews was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 10 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 4 years and 11 months earlier than Morales, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He had fought 29 more professional rounds, 59 to Morales' 30.
Matthews vs Morales form
Matthews had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Darrius Flowers at UFC 291 on 29th July 2023 by in the 2nd round at Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Matt Semelsberger at UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland on 17th December 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Apex, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had won against Andre Fialho at UFC 275 on 11th June 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore.
Before that, he had lost to Anthony Rocco Martin at UFC Fight Night 142 on 1st December 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Adelaide Entertainment Center, Adelaide, South Australia.
He had beat Jingliang Li at UFC 221 on 10th February 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Perth Arena, Perth, Australia.
Matthews' last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 9 months and 22 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 2 months. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
Morales' last 3 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 10 months and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 14 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.3 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Matthews vs Morales?
Jake Matthews was a 5/2 (+250) underdog going into the contest, while Michael Morales made his way into the ring at 3/10 (-330) with oddsmakers.