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A pivotal clash takes place in the Light Heavyweight division, as Dustin Jacoby takes on Da Un Jung. Since returning to mixed martial arts in 2019, Jacoby has gone 7-0-1. With five of those wins coming inside the octagon, Jacoby has catapulted himself into the division’s top fifteen. Impressive for a guy who was once released by the UFC and left the sport for four years to kickbox. Meanwhile, Jung comes into this fight having not tasted defeat in over six years. Going 14-0-1 in his last fifteen fights, with four of those wins coming in the UFC, Jung has proven that he is someone to be reckon with. A victory away from being ranked, Jung has an opportunity here to show he belongs among the division’s best.
Despite being buried on the preliminary card, this is an excellent fight. Jacoby is a kickboxer, who’s very active and always trying to score points. Backed by excellent cardio, Jacoby can and will push the pace. Not necessarily a knockout artist, Jacoby looks to swarm opponents with volume to score his finishes. Sporting a 58% takedown defense, Jacoby is susceptible to being taken down. However, he does a good job of getting back to the feet. Looking to test that part of Jacoby’s abilities is Jung, who in addition to being a solid striker, has shown that he can wrestle. Landing eight takedowns against William Knight in a winning effort back in 2021, perhaps Jung mixes up his attack knowing that Jacoby is most vulnerable on the ground.
In what I expect to be a fun fight, I’m backing Jung. While this prediction may bite me, knowing that Jacoby’s cardio could play a difference in the later rounds, I believe that Jung can mix in a few takedowns to secure some rounds. Knowing that Jung’s striking is excellent too, as well as the fact that he’s got the power edge, I’m certain he can also win this fight on the feet too. With that said, I predict that Jung will win via decision.