When Yves Jabouin enters the Octagon at UFC 161, make sure to keep an eye on his hands. Jabouin has been putting extra focus in his boxing for Dustin Pague.
“As a fighter, I think I was becoming too much of a technical, outside fighter, and I kind of went away from what I did in the beginning, which was work on the inside,” said Jabouin to MMA Junkie. “I used to really work my hands and that’s when I had great success with knockout victories. I’m trying to reach back to that time and work my hands, my boxing, and really analyze my style overall.”
Since becoming a bantamweight, Jabouin has yet to utilize his hands to their fullest potential. He’s 3-1 with all the wins via decision.
At 1-3 and riding a pair of losses, Pague knows his job is likely on the line in this one.
The two are set for the Facebook part of UFC 161, which is June 15 from the MTS Centre in Canada. Headlining the card is Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson.