Matthews outstruck the Hard Knocks 365 representative across three rounds, as he laid claim to a unanimous decision in the featured UFC 243 prelim on Saturday at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. All three judges cageside just struck 30-27 scorecards for Matthews (15-4, 8-4 UFC), who recorded his fourth win in five appearances.
Neither man offered much in terms of meaningful offense, especially Akman (6-2, 0-2 UFC). Matthews turned up the heat in the latter half of the fight and sped past the Swede with occasional jabs to the head and body, overhand rights and an active kicking game. Akman never shifted gears and showed no sense of urgency, even as the match slipped away from him.