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Jake Matthews vs. Johnny Case UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 3/19/16

Johnny Case vs. Jake Matthews

UFC: Saturday, March 19, 2016 (Brisbane Entertainment Centre)

The Line: Jake Matthews -105 / Johnny Case -115 Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS1

Jake Matthews and Johnny Case fight Saturday at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Jake Matthews enters this fight with a 10-1 record and has won 50 percent of his fights by knockout. Matthews has split his last two fights and is coming off a November win over Akbarh Arreola. Matthews is averaging 4.34 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 55.4 percent. Matthews is averaging three takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 38.8 percent. Matthews is a very balanced fighter who delivers powerful and accurate strikes that has produced four knockouts. Matthews is also a polished grappler and has yet to be taken down in a fight. At just 21 years old, Matthews is quickly moving up the UFC totem pole. Matthews has fought most of his career in Australia, his home country.

Jake Matthews vs. Johnny Case UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 3/19/16

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Johnny Case enters this fight with a 22-4 record and has won 68 percent of his fights by knockout. Case has won his last 12 fights and is coming off a November win over Yan Cabral. Case is averaging 3.76 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41.1 percent. Case is averaging 2.43 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 61.5 percent. Case is a very accomplished wrestler who completes and defends takedowns at a high percentage. Case is also good with his hands, as he’s produced 12 knockouts and is defending 55 percent of his strikes. With his current form and at just 26, Case is also a young fighter quickly making a name for himself on the big stage. This will be Case’s first fight in Australia.

This is going to be an intriguing fight between two young guys who are turning heads on the UFC stage. Both are very balanced and Matthews will have a huge crowd advantage being from Australia. However, Case is a little more polished in the grappling and wrestling area, which does give him the edge in this fight.

I like Case to continue his impressive hot streak.

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