Jake Matthews vs. Emil Meek booked for UFC Auckland

“The Celtic Kid” will welcome “Valhalla” to the southern hemisphere.

Welterweights Jake Matthews and Emil Meek are scheduled to meet at UFC Auckland on February 23, per a UFC announcement on Thursday.

Matthews (15-4) last competed at UFC 243 in October where he defeated Rostem Akman via unanimous decision. Since moving to welterweight in 2017, Matthews has accrued a 4-1 record. Despite being just 25 years old, it will be Matthews’ 13th bout with the promotion.

Meek (9-4) hasn’t fought since July 2018. The Norwegian is currently 3-1 in the UFC and will look to rebound from back-to-back decision losses to Bartosz Fabinski and Kamaru Usman.

UFC Auckland will take place at Spark Arena on Sunday, February 23. The card will be headlined by a lightweight contest between Dan Hooker and Paul Felder. Other bouts currently scheduled for the event are Tyson Pedro vs. Vinicius Moreira and Ben Sosoli vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima.

Dan Hooker vs. Paul Felder to headline UFC Auckland

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