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UFC 221 results: Jake Matthews survives foul, beats Li Jingliang

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UFC 221: Matthews v Jingliang Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Jake Matthews was on the receiving end of one of the more egregious fouls we’ve seen in the cage in awhile: A brutal eye gouge by Li Jingliang that opened a big cut over the corner of his right eye.

But that wasn’t going to stop the young Australian welterweight from earning a victory in his homeland. Matthews got down and dirty and outslugged Jingliang to earn a unanimous decision at UFC 211 in Perth, Australia. The judges’ scores were 29-28 and a pair of 30-26s.

“I knew he had a hard head, I knew I had to follow up,” Matthews said. “He was tough, I was in the corner, I did it for you the fans.”

Matthews dominate the opening round in borderline 10-8 fashion. He dropped Jingliang several times and then went for ground-and-pound offense. It ultimately led to a rear-naked choke, which Jingliang escaped.


In the second, Matthews had Jingliang in a guillotine when Jinliang unleashed his brutal eye rake, to which the referee responded by simply moving the competitor’s fingers. Matthews and Jinliang threw down the rest of the way, with Matthews landing the bigger shots, including a wicked right hand to the jaw.

Matthews was gentlemanly in response to the foul.

“It was in the heat of the fight,” Matthews said. “You don’t realize this stuff, it is what it is.”

Matthews improved to 12-3 with his second straight victory. Jingliang had a four-fight win streak snapped.