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UFC 137: Dustin Jacoby Vs. Clifford Starks

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The first bout of the evening will take place in the middleweight division between two first-time Octagon competitors.

Round 1: Starks takes the center of the cage early, both men throwing probing strikes, testing the range. Starks lands a straight right that prompts an increase int he action. Jacoby comes back with a crisp right hand of his own and the two look to be settling into the fight. Starks lands another hard straight right. Starks unges after Jacoby with punches but Jacoby slides out of the way. Starks sneaks in another right hand. Jacoby pecking with his jab. A measured pace throughout this first round, neither man taking a clear edge yet. Jacoby overcommits and Starks shoots him, putting him to the mat with ease. Jacoby threatens with a kimura as the round closes.

FightLine scores the round 10-10

Round 2: Jacoby scores with a stiff left hand, both men engaging more readily now. Jacoby throws a spinning back kick and a follow-up jab to keep Starks back. Starks tries to chase him down, but Jacoby keeps clear. It’s a conservative fight so far, but Jacoby is landing the more clean and frequent strikes. Starks is starting to back Jacoby down though, he closes the distance and shoots for the takedown, putting Jacoby on the mat easily. Jacoby secures guard and the fight continues at the same pace on the mat as it did on the feet. Little offense shown by either man, but Starks is controlling the position. Starks lands a left hand from top position. Starks peppering Jacoby with short punches. Starks ties Jacoby’s left hand behind his back and lands a few shots before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Starks

Round 3: Starks pegs Jacoby with a right hand. Jacoby looks frozen, only really throwing counters after Starks closes the gap with his awkward punches. Starks shoots the double and again puts Jacoby on the mat. Starks doing enough to keep the fight from being stood up, but not enough to threaten a stoppage; Jacoby just holding guard and defending. Jacoby gives up side control and then Starks puts himself back in half guard? Huh. Jacoby looking for the kimura with a minute left, but he can’t isolate the arm. Jacoby tries to force the scramble, but allows Starks to posture up and land some shots before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Starks

Clifford Starks defeated Dustin Jacoby via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)