Dustin Jacoby picked up a big short-notice win over John Allan at UFC 268.
Stepping in on short notice at UFC 268 in New York was Dustin Jacoby, replacing Aleksa Camur against John Allan.
The light heavyweight fight featured on the early preliminary portion of the 14-fight card and saw Jacoby looking to continue his impressive second stint under the UFC banner, which had seen him post a 3-0-1 record through four fights, with two finishes in that span.
Allan, for his part, was looking to shake off a loss to Roman Dolidze last time out. No such luck for him on Saturday.
Jacoby began the fight by showing many different looks, switching stances multiple times as he looked for a leaping right hand and put Allan on the backfoot. Jacoby was the busier fighter, while Allan had a nice kick to the body going. He was finding it hard to land on the elusive and busy Jacoby, however. Jacoby’s jab was on point, double and tripling upon it throughout the round; Allan had seemingly never heard of a feint or a jab, and just winged shots from time to time.
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Jacoby’s insane output seemed to drop from the first round, and Allan turned up the pressure. Jacoby still tried to cut off the cage and walk Allan down, but now Allan was beginning to land nice counters and specifically began to chop Jacoby down with leg kicks. Allan shot for a takedown but was unable to get it, and coming out of the takedown it seemed that Jacoby went back to his round one activity. Allan seemed to be coming back near the end of the round when he got hit with a brutal eye poke. Despite it being the second eye poke, there was no point deduction as we headed to round three.
Jacoby was likely up heading into round three, but that didn’t stop him from being the aggressor to start the roud. Moving forward and continuing to find a home for the right hand, it seemed that someone told Allan halfway through the round that he needed a finish. He began grinding for the finish, trying to land big combinations but not much was landing, and we soon made our way to the scorecards.
There were no surprises there.
Since his return to the UFC, Dustin Jacoby has been on fire, and improving to 4-0-1 in his current run, he may have earned a step up in competition next.
Official Result: Dustin Jacoby def. John Allan by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)