Commonwealth Coverage: Clarke & Matthews at 155
With a combined 21-4 record, Mitch Clarke and Jake Matthews will represent the Commonwealth during International Fight Week.
Mitch “Dangerzone” Clarke is an Edmonton, Alberta resident with a 2-3 record in the UFC. Born in Saskatoon, Clarke was 9-0 before signing in the big leagues. He’s been fighting with the Fertittas for almost five years, but hasn’t seen the octagon since April, 2015.
That bought ended in a unanimous loss for the lightweight at the hands of rising star Michael Chiesa. However, before that he scored a solid submission victory using the rarely-seen D’Arce choke. Take a look at his fight against ‘Raging’ Al Iaquinta at UFC 193 in Vegas:
Clarke will open the main card at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 90: dos Anjos vs Alvarez, July 7th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas.
His opponent is scheduled to be Irish Joe Duffy; 14-2 (2-1 in UFC) who is coming off his first UFC loss to Dustin Poirier.
This 21-year-old Aussie already has five UFC fights in just two years. He debuted June 28, 2014 against the forgotten Vagner Rocha (11-4). ‘The Celtic Kid’ is a submission specialist, having choked his way to a 4-1 UFC record. Two rear-nakeds and a triangle have been his methods of victory, with a doctor stoppage win in addition.
His only loss (also by submission) was to a streaking James Vick at Fight Night: Miocic vs Hunt (see fight here).
His latest victory was over Johnny Case (not to be confused with Johnny Cage) at Fight Night: Hunt vs Mir. The win earned him Fight of the Night in front of a home crowd in Brisbane Australia. Check it out below:
Matthews with square off against Kevin Lee at the TUF 23: Team Joanna vs Team Claudia finale, on July 8th. Kevin ‘The Motown Phenom’ Lee sports a 12-2 record with five wins via submission.
He isn’t afraid to fight frequently either, with a 5-2 UFC record since debuting in early 2014. His most recent win was against TUF season 8 winner Efrain Escudero at UFC 197.
Be sure to catch that fight on the prelims, airing exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.