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Verge Girl has ‘grown exponentially’ during COVID-19 after Ariana Grande wore its $119 knit set

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Australian online fashion retailer Verge Girl has ‘grown exponentially’ and hired more staff during the COVID-19 pandemic after Ariana Grande wore the brand’s clothing on her birthday.

The fast fashion shop created by sisters Daniella Dionyssiou, 32, and Natalia Suesskow, 30, when they were teenagers in 2007 started as a brick-and-mortar store in Brisbane before the company’s online presence took over in 2014.

Rain On Me singer Ariana took to Instagram on June 28 to celebrate her 27th birthday, posing in the top half of Verge Girl’s Holidaying In Italy Knit Set ($119). The pint-sized star has 195million followers on the social media platform.

The fast fashion shop was created by sisters Daniella Dionyssiou, 32, and Natalia Suesskow, 30, when they were teenagers in 2007

The fast fashion shop was created by sisters Daniella Dionyssiou, 32, and Natalia Suesskow, 30, when they were teenagers in 2007

The fast fashion shop was created by sisters Daniella Dionyssiou, 32, and Natalia Suesskow, 30, when they were teenagers in 2007

Rain On Me singer Ariana took to Instagram on June 28 to celebrate her 27th birthday, posing in the top half of Verge Girl's Holidaying In Italy Knit Set

Rain On Me singer Ariana took to Instagram on June 28 to celebrate her 27th birthday, posing in the top half of Verge Girl's Holidaying In Italy Knit Set

On the website the outfit is still available in a size large

On the website the outfit is still available in a size large

Rain On Me singer Ariana (left) took to Instagram on June 28 to celebrate her 27th birthday, posing in the top half of Verge Girl’s Holidaying In Italy Knit Set ($119 pictured right)

‘Sales have really grown exponentially during the COVID period. We are proud of the fact that we have been able to not only keep all our staff on, but have been able to hire new staff members,’ Natalia told the Courier Mail

‘With the recent purchase of a new warehouse and a whole lot of space, we are really focused on growth.

‘Our growth in the US market has increased to over 60 per cent of total sales, so in the near future we can definitely see ourselves expanding our warehousing and operations to the US, but as far as our Brisbane based team, we are definitely here to stay. Brisbane is home.’

Customers have been excited to get their hands on the same set that Ariana Grande wore on her birthday

Customers have been excited to get their hands on the same set that Ariana Grande wore on her birthday

It's made from acrylic materials and wool

It's made from acrylic materials and wool

Customers have been excited to get their hands on the same set that Ariana Grande wore on her birthday (pictured)

The store sells a range of accessories alongside tops, cardigans, jackets, dresses, trousers and shoes

The store sells a range of accessories alongside tops, cardigans, jackets, dresses, trousers and shoes

The store sells a range of accessories alongside tops, cardigans, jackets, dresses, trousers and shoes

The siblings, who both graduated as fashion students, have seen the way celebrities have impacted on their brand since the beginning, with Victoria’s Secret model Romee Strijd attracting plenty of customers after wearing a Verge Girl outfit at Coachella a few years ago.

Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Maddie Ziegler have been spotted in the Australian threads since. 

The motto at Verge Girl has always been to provide young women with affordable and ‘cool’ clothing with a focus on trendy styling.

While they don’t specifically target celebrities their stylists contact Daniella and Natalia for products the client likes, and they send through photos if the celeb is spotted in it – which are then posted online.

What is Verge Girl?

It’s an online fashion hub for young women to visit and purchase the latest styles and trends sold at an affordable price.

Many of the garments are less than $100 in price and there are hundreds of new designs uploaded every week.

Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Maddie Ziegler have been spotted in the Australian threads since it launched in 2007.

Most recently Ariana Grande took a selfie wearing the Holidaying In Italy Knit Set ($119), causing the set to sell out in almost all sizes.

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Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Maddie Ziegler (pictured) have been spotted in the Australian threads since

Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Maddie Ziegler (pictured) have been spotted in the Australian threads since

Maddie posed in this recent design on Instagram

Maddie posed in this recent design on Instagram

Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Maddie Ziegler (pictured in a green top from the website) have been spotted in the Australian threads since

The motto at Verge Girl has always been to provide young women with affordable and 'cool' clothing with a focus on trendy styling (customer in a top from Verge Girl)

The motto at Verge Girl has always been to provide young women with affordable and 'cool' clothing with a focus on trendy styling (customer in a top from Verge Girl)

The motto at Verge Girl has always been to provide young women with affordable and ‘cool’ clothing with a focus on trendy styling (customer in a top from Verge Girl)

‘We have our own Verge Girl range which makes up the majority of our sales and our marketing is based primarily around influencer collaborations, Facebook and Instagram ads and email campaigns,’ Natalia told Power Retail

Despite growth being at an all-time high during the global pandemic, the sisters have had to pay five to six times more on air freight to their warehouse.

But it has been worth the price because the demand for stock has been ‘so great’. 

‘We have noticed that not only are people who have been at home and working from home shopping up a storm, but the excitement of a new delivery in the mail really keeps the spirits up for planned nights out and fun times ahead,’ she told the publication.

Despite growth being at an all-time high during the global pandemic, the sisters have had to pay five to six times more on air freight to their warehouse

Despite growth being at an all-time high during the global pandemic, the sisters have had to pay five to six times more on air freight to their warehouse

The outfits are meant to be affordable but of a good quality

The outfits are meant to be affordable but of a good quality

Despite growth being at an all-time high during the global pandemic, the sisters have had to pay five to six times more on air freight to their warehouse

The company has a staggering 848,000 followers on Instagram alone, a far-cry from the 34,000 they had in 2014 when the online store became priority

The company has a staggering 848,000 followers on Instagram alone, a far-cry from the 34,000 they had in 2014 when the online store became priority

The company has a staggering 848,000 followers on Instagram alone, a far-cry from the 34,000 they had in 2014 when the online store became priority

‘This combined with marketing efforts, is really what has caused the huge growth in sales.’

The company has a staggering 848,000 followers on Instagram alone, a far-cry from the 34,000 they had in 2014 when the online store became priority. 

‘We post a lot of what comes in online on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter and I guess that optimised sales for us because it’s a super easy way of being able to look at what’s new,’ Daniella told Emily Arnold in 2014.

‘Social media has definitely been a plus for our business.’    

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Daniel Andrews denies turning down ADF support despite bombshell letters

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Daniel Andrews has denied he was reluctant to accept ADF troops to help enforce Victoria’s second lockdown after bombshell letters showed Scott Morrison had offered them three times.

The prime minister urged Mr Andrews to accept troops in three letters sent on 4, 6 and 11 July as Victoria’s second wave of Covid-19 threatened to overwhelm the state.

In the third letter, Mr Morrison tried to persuade Mr Andrews to take on 1,000 soldiers, writing: ‘I recommend that you again consider further ADF deployment to Melbourne over the coming days.’ 

A total of 1,000 Australian Defence Force troops (pictured) arrived in Melbourne after Mr Andrews announce he agreed to accept them on 14 July

A total of 1,000 Australian Defence Force troops (pictured) arrived in Melbourne after Mr Andrews announce he agreed to accept them on 14 July

A total of 1,000 Australian Defence Force troops (pictured) arrived in Melbourne after Mr Andrews announce he agreed to accept them on 14 July

Daniel Andrews (pictured on Thursday) has denied he was reluctant to accept ADF troops to help enforce Victoria's second lockdown even though Scott Morrison offered them three times

Daniel Andrews (pictured on Thursday) has denied he was reluctant to accept ADF troops to help enforce Victoria's second lockdown even though Scott Morrison offered them three times

Daniel Andrews (pictured on Thursday) has denied he was reluctant to accept ADF troops to help enforce Victoria’s second lockdown even though Scott Morrison offered them three times

The letters came after the Victorian government had requested 850 troops on 24 June but then retracted the request the next day, citing ‘changing operational and resourcing requirements’. 

The state government chose to use Corrections Victoria staff instead of troops to man hotel quarantine after the virus escaped from the bungled program in late May. 

A government source told Sky News that Mr Morrison’s letters were written in such a way that Victoria could not turn down the help. 

On 14 July, Mr Andrews announced 1,000 troops would arrive in Victoria over the following three to four weeks after he reached a deal with Mr Morrison.

On Thursday Mr Andrews denied that he was unwilling to accept the troops, saying that he was ‘very grateful’ for the support.

Asked by a reporter if he was reluctant to receive the help, he said: ‘I don’t think you can fairly draw the conclusion. 

‘I made a request in June and indeed, earlier than that. I made many requests and I’m pleased to say they were answered and that is why we’ve got… more than 1,000 ADF troops on the ground now doing an amazing job.’ 

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged Victorian premier to accept troops in three letters. Pictured are ADF troops and police patrolling Melbourne during the second wave of the virus

Bomshell letters reveal Scott Morrison (left at a steel factory last week) urged Daniel Andrews to accept troops three times

Bomshell letters reveal Scott Morrison (left at a steel factory last week) urged Daniel Andrews to accept troops three times

Bomshell letters reveal Scott Morrison (left at a steel factory last week) urged Daniel Andrews to accept troops three times

He added: ‘I think it’s inaccurate and unfair for you to infer from those letters… any reticence on my part.’

Asked if he accepted the prime minister’s offer after the first letter, Mr Andrews said: ‘I’d need to check. Letters come in, they usually follow requests.’

The reporter asked why the prime minister needed to send three letters offering support and the premier replied: ‘Again, I think you are drawing conclusions. 

‘You’re free to do that but that freedom doesn’t mean that you are right and I’m indicating to you that you are wrong.’ 

In his first letter on 4 July – obtained by Sky News under Freedom of Information laws revealed – Mr Morrison said he was ‘concerned’ about cases spiking to 108 a day.

‘This has necessitated a further two postcodes being listed as hotspots and new hard lockdowns of nine residential public housing buildings in North Melbourne,’ he wrote. 

‘I recognise the new measures and support the significant efforts underway. 

‘The Commonwealth stands ready to provide any support needed on top of the existing measures in place, including Australian Defence Force support to support planning and logistics, and Commonwealth staff to support clinical efforts, community engagement and contact tracing,’ the letter said. 

Mr Morrison added ADF personnel could also help with patrolling affected suburbs already in lockdown.

‘As we have seen with the previous outbreaks in North-West Tasmania and Sydney, these types of outbreaks can quickly overwhelm local health systems. I reaffirm the offer of Commonwealth for on-the-ground support and help in co-ordinating support from other states while acknowledging Victoria’s leadership,’ the letter said.

Mr Morrison also expressed concern about the number of cases where travellers had been identified entering NSW, sparking a spike in fresh cases there.

Pictured are ADF personnel manning  a Princes Highway checkpoint outside Melbourne

Pictured are ADF personnel manning  a Princes Highway checkpoint outside Melbourne

Pictured are ADF personnel manning  a Princes Highway checkpoint outside Melbourne

The prime minister followed up with another letter three days later on 7 July, followed by a third on July 11.

‘It is critical to the containment of the virus that the now thousands of people in isolation and quarantine are carefully tracked by phone and personal visits to ensure compliance (and to ensure their welfare),’ Mr Morrison stressed in the third letter.

He added:  ‘An estimated 1,000 ADF could be progressively deployed in this way over the next week, with greater scope beyond. Given the escalating COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria, I recommend you again consider further ADF deployment to Melbourne over the coming days to assist in the enforcement of public health compliance.’

Mr Andrews responded to the Prime Minister on July 5, 7, 12 and 14, the day he announced the troops would arrive.

Emails shown to an inquiry into Victoria’s hotel quarantine program earlier this month revealed the prime minister’s office repeatedly offered troops to man the hotels.

Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry was shown shocking photos (pictured) of quarantine guests walking freely to a convenience store from a Melbourne facility

Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry was shown shocking photos (pictured) of quarantine guests walking freely to a convenience store from a Melbourne facility

Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry was shown shocking photos (pictured) of quarantine guests walking freely to a convenience store from a Melbourne facility 

On April 8, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Philip Gaetjens emailed his Victorian counterpart Chris Eccles to again offer ADF assistance. Mr Eccles replied: 'Thanks Phil' - but no request for help was made

On April 8, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Philip Gaetjens emailed his Victorian counterpart Chris Eccles to again offer ADF assistance. Mr Eccles replied: 'Thanks Phil' - but no request for help was made

On April 8, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Philip Gaetjens emailed his Victorian counterpart Chris Eccles to again offer ADF assistance. Mr Eccles replied: ‘Thanks Phil’ – but no request for help was made

When the coronavirus quarantine policy was announced on 27 March, New South Wales accepted 360 troops and Queensland took 100 but Victoria refused any help, an inquiry heard on Tuesday. 

On April 8, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Philip Gaetjens emailed his Victorian counterpart Chris Eccles to again offer ADF assistance.

Referencing how the ADF helped with security in NSW, Mr Gaetjens wrote: ‘I am sure the Commonwealth would be willing to assist Victoria in a similar way if you wanted to reconsider your operating model’.

Mr Eccles replied: ‘Thanks Phil’ – but no request for help was made.

Instead, Victoria used private security guards who flouted social distancing rules, caught the virus in late May and helped spark the state’s second wave which has killed more than 700 people.

It wasn’t until June 24 that Victoria’s emergency management commissioner Andrew Crisp made a request for 850 defence personnel to replace private security.

An email from the prime minister’s office to the premier’s office on that day shows the pair discussed the support. 

But the request was rescinded a day later after the Department of Justice and Community Safety took over the program.

How Victoria rejected ADF support 

* March 27 – National Cabinet decides returned overseas travellers will be required to complete 14 days of hotel quarantine. The Australia Defence Force prepares 100 personnel in each large state (and 50 in smaller states and territories) to ‘support expected quarantine compliance monitoring requests’. NSW and Queensland accept the support, Victoria decides to hire private security guards instead.

* March 28 – Emergency Management Victoria Commissioner Andrew Crisp reiterates there is no need for ADF ‘boots on the ground’. Victoria’s hotel quarantine program, named Operation Soteria, begins taking travellers from 11:59pm.

* March 31 – ADF situational report states ‘we are seeing minimal requests for ADF support’ in Victoria. Troops remain on standby.

* April 2 – ADF provides five personnel to conduct quarantine compliance monitoring. Instead, they are deployed to administrative roles.

* April 8 – Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Philip Gaetjens emails Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet secretary Chris Eccles to again offer ADF assistance.

*April 17 – ADF situational report states Victoria’s hotel quarantine program is ‘nearing planned capacity of 4000 people. Despite this there are presently no indicators that ADF assistance will be requested in the near term. I will keep a close watch on this space’.

* May 14 – ADF Major General Kenny visits Victoria, meets with deputy commissioner of Victoria Police and Mr Crisp. Mr Crisp tells Major General Kelly words to the effect of: ‘The situation in Victoria has improved to such an extent that it is unlikely that Victoria would need any further ADF support except planners inside of EMV’.

* May 25 – A staff member at Rydges on Swanston tests positive to COVID-19.

* May 27 – Outbreak at Rydges on Swanston first identified by the Department of Health and Human Services.

* June 17 – Stamford Plaza outbreak identified.

* June 24 – Mr Crisp requests 850 ADF personnel to replace private security at quarantine hotels.

* June 25 – Request rescinded as the Department of Justice and Community Safety takes over the program.

* June 30 – Premier Daniel Andrews announces an inquiry into Victoria’s hotel quarantine program after genomic sequencing revealed a number of coronavirus cases can be linked to ‘staff members in hotel quarantine breaching well-known and well-understood infection control protocols’. Flights diverted to other cities.

* July 4, July 6, July 11 – As COVID-19 cases numbers escalate in Victoria, Prime Minister Scott Morrison writes to Mr Andrews on three occasions to offer ADF support.

* July 13 – Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton concedes all current cases in Victoria can be traced back to outbreaks at the hotels.

* August 11 – Mr Andrews tells a parliamentary inquiry ADF support was not offered for hotel quarantine, sparking a war of words with federal Defence Minister Linda Reynolds.

Source: Materials provided by the federal government to Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry. 

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Scott Morrison’s touching message to Australia’s hearing impaired community sparks backlash 

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Scott Morrison‘s touching social media post for the country’s deaf and hearing community has been hijacked by angry Australians. 

The prime minister posted a video on Instagram on Wednesday where he shared how he had been learning Auslan – Australia’s sign language.

In the post he thanks Auslan interpreters for their work during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Many Australians praised the prime minister for his efforts in learning the language.

Scott Morrison's touching social media post for the country's deaf and hearing community has been hijacked by angry Australians

Scott Morrison's touching social media post for the country's deaf and hearing community has been hijacked by angry Australians

Scott Morrison’s touching social media post for the country’s deaf and hearing community has been hijacked by angry Australians

‘Actually I’m so impressed,’ one person wrote.

‘You’re awesome, have an amazing Day,’ another wrote.

‘Well done PM . We have all benefited by your and the National Cabinet’s leadership during this COVID-19 pandemic. And are indebted to those wonderful people the sign language interpreters who were a part of each update,’ wrote another.

But the comments section then quickly took a turn with several Victorians urging the Prime Minister to ‘step up’ and boot premier Dan Andrews from office. 

‘Scotty, you’re a smart man. Get rid of Dan. He ruined Victoria. Scotty take leadership. Do the right thing for Victoria,’ one wrote.

‘God bless you ScoMo, please try do something about Dan Andrews,’ another person wrote. 

The prime minister posted a video on Instagram on Wednesday where he share how he had been learning Auslan – Australia’s sign language

The prime minister posted a video on Instagram on Wednesday where he share how he had been learning Auslan – Australia’s sign language

The prime minister posted a video on Instagram on Wednesday where he share how he had been learning Auslan – Australia’s sign language

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The comments section then quickly took a turn with several Victorians calling to the prime minister to step up and premier Dan Andrews from office

The comments section then quickly took a turn with several Victorians calling to the prime minister to step up and premier Dan Andrews from office

The comments section then quickly took a turn with several Victorians calling to the prime minister to step up and premier Dan Andrews from office

Others criticised Mr Morrison's leadership style and policy decisions

Others criticised Mr Morrison's leadership style and policy decisions

Others criticised Mr Morrison’s leadership style and policy decisions

‘I like you and all but please can you do something about Victoria, it’s not bad, it’s worse and there is no end in sight with the current government. No confidence,’ wrote another.

‘Your voice is needed in Victoria!!! Aren’t you the opposition?’ another wrote.

Others criticised Mr Morrison’s leadership style and policy decisions. 

‘Yep, Auslan is good and has a clear purpose, unlike your technology roadmap. No real targets and guidelines. Australia is becoming the laughing stock of the world,’ one man wrote. 

One woman called on Mr Morrison to commit to zero carbon emissions. ‘Think about renewables,’ she wrote.  

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Melbourne UFC fighter Jake Matthews, joins the Army to stay fit during the COVID lockdown

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An Australian UFC fighter has taken a drastic step to stay fit during Victoria’s coronavirus lockdown.

Jake Matthews, 26, enlisted in the Army and is now a fully-fledged Private after completing five weeks of basic training at the Kapooka Army Recruit Training Centre near Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.

He is set to take on his childhood hero, UFC legend Diego Sanchez, this weekend on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi in the biggest match of his career.

Jake Matthews (pictured left) is now a fully-fledged Private Australian Army after completing five weeks of basic training at the Kapooka Army Recruit Training Centre

Jake Matthews (pictured left) is now a fully-fledged Private Australian Army after completing five weeks of basic training at the Kapooka Army Recruit Training Centre

Jake Matthews (pictured left) is now a fully-fledged Private Australian Army after completing five weeks of basic training at the Kapooka Army Recruit Training Centre

The UFC star who competes in the welterweight division is pictured dancing with his partner

The UFC star who competes in the welterweight division is pictured dancing with his partner

The UFC star who competes in the welterweight division is pictured dancing with his partner 

The welterweight told Sporting News the 16-hour days of non-stop training, with no phone or contact with the outside world, was just what he needed ahead of Sunday’s massive fight.  

‘Getting screamed at at 5:45 in the morning to get out of bed. Everything you think typical of army life is. Make your bed, brush your teeth, shave, then first class by 6:30 in the morning,’ he said.

‘Then it’s theory, weapons, combat stuff, a few PTs here and there. From six in the morning till 10 at night they own ya, then you lay in bed and sleep.’ 

But with 20 professional mixed martial arts bouts already under his belt and the years of brutal training that goes along with it, Matthews said he’s used to the regimental and physical side of combat.

Matthews is pictured getting his hands wrapped before a match in Auckland, in March

Matthews is pictured getting his hands wrapped before a match in Auckland, in March

Matthews is pictured getting his hands wrapped before a match in Auckland, in March

Matthews (pictured left) delivers a vicious knee to his Norwegian opponent Emil Meek in Auckland on February 23

Matthews (pictured left) delivers a vicious knee to his Norwegian opponent Emil Meek in Auckland on February 23

Matthews (pictured left) delivers a vicious knee to his Norwegian opponent Emil Meek in Auckland on February 23

With 20 professional mixed martial arts bouts already under his belt and the years of brutal training that goes along with it, Matthews said he's used to the regimental and physical side of combat

With 20 professional mixed martial arts bouts already under his belt and the years of brutal training that goes along with it, Matthews said he's used to the regimental and physical side of combat

With 20 professional mixed martial arts bouts already under his belt and the years of brutal training that goes along with it, Matthews said he’s used to the regimental and physical side of combat

The Celtic Kid is coming off a five wins from his past six matches and says it will be difficult to juggle life in the military as well as his fighting career.

But the committed family man, who just had a daughter last year, is determined to make it work. 

‘When my daughter was born something just clicked and I decided to go and enlist,’ he told 7News.

‘I think it’s a bit of a protective instinct that came over me.’ 

‘It’s something I’ve always wanted to do… I’ll be looking for any deployments I can get.’

Upon his return from Fight Island, the Brazilian Jujitsu Black belt will go into self isolation for two weeks and then head back to base for another week of ‘more advanced’ weapons training.

The Celtic Kid is coming off a five wins from his past six matches and says it will be difficult to juggle life in the military as well as his fighting career

The Celtic Kid is coming off a five wins from his past six matches and says it will be difficult to juggle life in the military as well as his fighting career

The Celtic Kid is coming off a five wins from his past six matches and says it will be difficult to juggle life in the military as well as his fighting career 

But the committed family man, who just had a daughter last year, is determined to make it work

But the committed family man, who just had a daughter last year, is determined to make it work

But the committed family man, who just had a daughter last year, is determined to make it work

'When my daughter was born something just clicked and I decided to go and enlist,' Matthews said

'When my daughter was born something just clicked and I decided to go and enlist,' Matthews said

‘When my daughter was born something just clicked and I decided to go and enlist,’ Matthews said

Metropolitan Melbourne remains under Stage Four lockdown after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews issued the state’s second round of stay-at-home orders back in July.

The COVID-19 crisis meant Matthews’ training base on the northern outskirts of Melbourne in Epping – the XLR8 Training Centre – would be forced to close.

He had signed up to the Royal Australian Infantry in January.

When the gym shut and he had now place left to train he decided to complete his basic training.

The preliminary card of UFC 253 will begin at 10am on Sunday.

The event will be headlined by Nigerian-born New Zealander Israel Adesanya, whose taking on Brazil’s Paulo Costa for the world middleweight title.  

When the gym shut and he had now place left to train he decided to complete his basic training (Matthews is pictured with his partner)

When the gym shut and he had now place left to train he decided to complete his basic training (Matthews is pictured with his partner)

When the gym shut and he had now place left to train he decided to complete his basic training (Matthews is pictured with his partner) 

Matthews (pictured right) is set to take on his childhood hero, UFC legend Diego Sanchez, this weekend on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi in the biggest match of his career

Matthews (pictured right) is set to take on his childhood hero, UFC legend Diego Sanchez, this weekend on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi in the biggest match of his career

Matthews (pictured right) is set to take on his childhood hero, UFC legend Diego Sanchez, this weekend on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi in the biggest match of his career

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