Dustin Jacoby

USA

Rebounds to force draw
HeavyweightUFC
May 1, 2021
Jacoby and Ion Cutelaba fought to a split draw (29-28, 28-29, 28-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Jacoby should be thrilled with his draw since he was run out of the building and nearly finished in Round 1. Dustin wasn't the least bit competitive in this fight until Cutelaba badly gassed out. Jacoby allowed Cutelaba to land eight (!!!) takedowns in the first frame alone. He deserves credit for surviving and regaining some semblance of control over the course of the final ten minutes. Jacoby has power, but there's a hole in his grappling game. He would have clearly lost here were it not for Cutelaba's cardio issues. This fight was close and entertaining, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the UFC book these two again in hopes of settling the score once and for all.
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Steps up to replace Clark
HeavyweightUFC
April 20, 2021
Jacoby will take on Ion Cutelaba in a light heavyweight bout at the UFC event on May 1, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Jacoby will be filling in for Devin Clark, who was forced to withdraw from the bout earlier this week. Jacoby is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Maxim Grishin back in late February. He will look to go above .500 in his fifth bout with the promotion.
Takes tight decision in Vegas
HeavyweightUFC
February 27, 2021
Jacoby defeated Maxim Grishin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was a close one. So close, that either man could have emerged victorious and it would have seemed like a perfectly reasonable decision. Of course, Jacoby made weight on Friday while Grishin missed by 4.5 pounds. Grishin was responsible for the biggest moments of the fight late in Round 1, but the judges ultimately preferred the consistency shown by Jacoby over the course of the final ten minutes. Jacoby has a background in striking and it is evident when watching him. He looks cool and confident on the feet, but his striking defense is questionable and his offensive arsenal is limited. Now 2-2 in the UFC, there is no real reason to expect the 32-year-old Jacoby to go on any sort of extended winning streak.
Fighting heavy opponent
HeavyweightUFC
February 26, 2021
Jacoby will take on a heavy Maxim Grishin on Saturday's UFC Vegas 20 card after Grishin missed weight by 4.5 pounds at Friday's weigh-in, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Jacoby will take home an extra 30 percent of the purse as a reward for doing his part to make it to the required weight. He's also sitting as the favorite (about -180) with just over 24 hours before the two will meet in the Octagon.
Set to face Grishin on Feb. 27
HeavyweightUFC
January 23, 2021
Jacoby will fight Maxim Grishin at a UFC event Feb. 27, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Jacoby is coming off a win over Justin Ledet last October, which was his first UFC bout in five years. Grishin is coming off an October win of his own over Gadzhimurad Antigulov in what was his just his second UFC appearance. The event Feb. 27 will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between Dominick Reyes and Jiri Prochazka.
Wins first UFC bout in five years
HeavyweightUFC
October 31, 2020
Jacoby defeated Justin Ledet via TKO (strikes) at 2:38 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Fighting in the UFC for the first time since being released nearly nine years ago, Jacoby made the most of his opportunity. He absorbed a bit too much punishment on the feet from Ledet, but Jacoby managed to floor Ledet after three massive leg kicks before jumping on top and finishing him off. All things considered, it was a strong performance for Jacoby. There's an extreme chance this goes down as the highlight of his return to the UFC, but the fact the 32-year-old managed to work his way back to the organization and pick up a victory after not fighting for them since January 28, 2012 is extremely impressive. His true test, however, will come against a fighter that forces him to use more than his natural kickboxing skills.