The saying is that you never meet your idols. On September 27, Aussie UFC fighter Jake Matthews now no longer best meets his idol, he has to combat him, too.

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Matthews states:

“Diego Sanchez is one of my heroes, I remember watching DVDs of him winning The Ultimate Fighter when I was in Grade 5. So this will be different to any other fight I’ve had.”

“The Celtic Kid” admits to mixed emotions about the matchup. It’s a bout he’s chased and believes he can win, but he doesn’t want to be the person who makes Sanchez hang up the gloves.

“It’s bittersweet. I obviously want to do well against him, and I’m very excited for the fight. But it’ll be sad if it ends up being his last one. He and BJ Penn are my biggest idols and role models in the sport. I’ve never had to fight somebody I’ve looked up to before.”

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