Australian UFC welterweight signs fight agreement in his own blood

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Australian welterweight Jake Matthews stated his intentions for his February encounter by signing the fight agreement for UFC Fight Night 169 in his own blood.

Matthews, who holds a 15-4 record in professional MMA, has agreed to fight Emil Meek at UFC Auckland.

The Australian and the Norwegian will fight on February 23 on a card headlined by a tasty lightweight bout between Paul Felder and Dan Hooker.

The 25-year old, who last fought in a unanimous decision win at UFC 243 over Rostem Akman in October, posed for a picture with the agreement.

On the line marked for a signature, Matthews offered a bloody fingerprint instead.

The Celtic Kid wrote: “I signed this one in blood. @ufc Auckland will be war!” tagging ‘Valhalla’ Emil Meek, who is 9-4 in his pro career, in the process.

The Norwegian last fought in Hamburg almost 18 months ago in a loss to Bartosz Fabinski at UFC Fight Night 134.

Whilst Matthews has lost just one in his last five fights in the Octagon, Meek will hope to buck a trend of two successive defeats in in the cage.

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Matthews will more or less have the homefield advantage against the Norwegian in Auckland, which is just a three-hour flight from his hometown of Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Emil Meek has yet to fight outside Europe and North America, with just two of his fights occurring outside Europe.

Matthews has fought in Auckland previously. His third-round submission win in 2014 over Dashon Johnson took place in the Vector Arena.

Slated for the card at the Spark Arena, a heavyweight contest between Ben Sosoli and Marcos Rogerio de Lima. Elsewhere, Tyson Pedro and Vinicius Moreira will do battle at light heavyweight.

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