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The Curtain Jerker comes in the Light Heavyweight division, as Dustin “The Hanyak” Jacoby takes on Michal “Hussar” Oleksiejczuk. Since returning to mixed martial arts in 2019, Jacoby has won six of seven fights. The lone fight he didn’t win was a draw. Making the most of his second stint in the UFC, Jacoby is perhaps a win away from cracking the top fifteen rankings. Meanwhile, Oleksiejczuk has found his stride of late. A winner of two-straight and arguably coming off his best performance inside the octagon, where he stopped the undefeated Shamil Gamzatov in the opening round, Oleksiejczuk finds himself in a fight with big implications.
As for a prediction, I have Jacoby winning. While Oleksiejczuk is coming off a huge win, he’s been inconsistent in UFC career. Prior to the two-fight winning streak, Oleksiejczuk had lost two straight fights via submission. In those fights, the competition was better, but Oleksiejczuk showed a vulnerability in his takedown defense. Luckily for the Pole, Jacoby fancies himself a striker. An excellent one at that, as Jacoby comes from a kickboxing background. With an ability to light up opponents with volume and a focus on chopping down opponents with leg kicks, Jacoby isn’t an easy fighter to stand across. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s durable and has excellent cardio. So with all that said, I predict that Jacoby will outpoint Oleksiejczuk en route to a decision victory.