UFC 200 Live Stream - Jones vs Cormier 2 is here. The fight between youthful UFC lightweights Jake Matthews and Kevin Lee at Friday's The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale may be a represent the deciding moment one toward deciding their standings in one of the advancement's most stacked divisions.
Also, 21-year-old Australian rising star Matthews (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is very much aware of that. So mindful, indeed, that he was the person who handpicked Lee (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) as a substitution after his unique rival Stevie Ray needed to pull back from their scrap.
"We had a gathering of names that came to us – the first that emerged was Kevin, I consider about possibly eight folks that we needed to look over for a substitution," Matthews told MMAjunkie Radio. "My eyes were simply attracted to Kevin. I'd unquestionably heard his name some time recently. I knew he was a youthful, hazardous warrior.
"What energized me was, I believe it's a decent time for this battle. I think you have that kind of pecking request for the up-and-comers, and I think me and Kevin, we're in that spot at the highest point of the up-and-comers records. So I think this will kind of figure out who gets the opportunity to go and begin battling the more experienced, all the more surely understood folks."
The lightweight session will be in the highlighted matchup space on the UFC Fight Pass prelims of The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. It happens July 8 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The night's legitimate session request has yet to be set, however the fundamental card affectation on FOX Sports 1 taking after prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Lee's prospect status, in any case, wasn't the main thing that calculated into Matthews' decision. His battling style contrasted with Ray's was additionally considered. Aside from "particular things" – he brought up Lee's expanded portability and striking volume – Matthews trusts the new adversary isn't such a takeoff from the first one.
"I couldn't generally saw any of (Lee's) battles already," Matthews said. "We bounced on the web, observed a portion of the battles, furthermore it worked out. We were at that point truly somewhere down in our battle camp for Stevie Ray. What's more, despite the fact that Ray is a southpaw and Lee is standard, Lee switches regularly.
"They're both wrestlers, they're both shorter than me, both extremely solid. So it appeared (I'd) keep a comparable blueprint. Simply change a couple of seemingly insignificant details, and it wouldn't throw me off excessively. So that was kind of my attitude with that pick."
Mathews returns off to-back octagon triumphs, the latest one a reward winning third-round accommodation over Johnny Case at UFC Fight Night 85. Before those wins, the Australian prospect's solitary profession misfortune dropped by the hands of James Vick at UFC Fight Night 65.
In the mean time, Lee returns taking after a choice win over Efrain Escudero at UFC 197, subsequent to having a four-battle triumphant streak snapped by a first-round knockout misfortune to Leonardo Santos at UFC 194.
The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale happens in the midst of the UFC's elegant "Worldwide Fight Week," obliged between Saturday's UFC 200 and Thursday's UFC Fight Night 90. In spite of the fact that concentrated on his quick test, Matthews plans to take the chance to watch the other enormous battles going on surrounding him and, who knows, perhaps crush in a photo or two.
"I figure I'm going to see everybody strolling around the lodging, and likely going to run and get photographs with them," Matthews said. "Despite the fact that I'm in the UFC and they're kind of like my companions now, I'm still a major fanboy. When I see those huge names, regardless will be awed."