The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, October 29, 2022, for UFC Vegas 63, headlined by a featherweight clash between no. 5 ranked Calvin Kattar (23-6) and no. 6 ranked Arnold Allen (18-1).
Opening up the main card tonight was a light-heavyweight bout between Dustin Jacoby (18-5-1) and Khalil Rountree (10-5).
Jacoby had gone 8-0-1 since returning to MMA (6-0-1 UFC) competition following his 18-fight professional kickboxing tenure, while Rountree came into the bout on a two-fight knockout streak himself.
One is a pro kickboxer (Jacoby) that fought the likes of world champions Simon Marcus twice, Alex Pereira, amongst others, and the other (Rountree) has been out in Thailand working on his Muay Thai for his camps since 2019.
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Continue reading to see how this 205 lb encounter went down:
Official Result: Khalil Rountree def. Dustin Jacoby via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Rountree opens up the bout very aggressively, marching Jacoby down and throwing heavy punches. Jacoby is able to telegraph most of them though, letting only a couple get through.
Jacoby, being the technician on the feet that he is, begins to pick Rountree apart, landing some nice punches to the head and body, as well as some leg kicks and snap kicks up the middle.
Rountree begins to fade and Jacoby starts beating him to the punch in merely every exchange. He’s able to find some success with a few leg kicks and a heavy left hook a little later on in the second, but he’s been getting pieced up throughout this fight.
Rountree has his best round over the final five minutes, as he’s able to land a lot of hard left hands, and even a number of knees to the body and head of Jacoby. He really pulled it together, though it seemed it was a little too late, and Jacoby still out-struck him in each individual round.
This was a very controversial decision, Dustin Jacoby deserved to win this fight.
Nonetheless, Khalil Rountree improves his win streak to three-straight inside the octagon at UFC Vegas 63.
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