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Dustin Jacoby Glad to See ‘Kickboxers Getting the Love and the Recognition’



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At UFC 272, Dustin Jacoby will head to the Octagon for the eighth time when he locks horns with Michal Oleksiejczuk. Jacoby (16-5-1, 4-2-1 UFC) is currently enjoying success in his mixed martial arts career as he’s unbeaten in his last seven games and hasn’t lost in seven years. The Dana White Contender Series graduate recently upended John Allan by unanimous decision after briefly replacing Aleksa Camur at UFC 268. He previously stopped Darren Stewart with punches in the first round of their UFC light heavyweight confrontation on ESPN 30 Sherdog Jacoby credited his success to his kickboxing background and pointed to a few examples of fighters who have successfully transitioned from the square circle to MMA, including the current UFC kingpin Israel Adesanya weighing 185 pounds.

“It’s nice to see a lot of kickboxers getting the love and recognition,” he said. “Look at Adesanya. He went in there and became a champion despite being just a “kickboxer.” They have Alex Pereira, another guy chasing Adesanya. Two guys you’re very familiar with. I think kickboxing is just the hardest. Between kickboxing and MMA, kickboxing is much more brutal in my opinion. They go toe-to-toe, two guys using only their hands and legs to brandish sledgehammers until someone goes down. It’s brutal, man. I got this with kickboxing fights, I’ve had sore muscles for a month. In MMA you can wrestle, relax on the cage, you can take them off and relax. While you’re still working, it’s a whole different beast on the floor. I think kickboxing just catches on, man. Every fight starts with your feet and if you’re good at using your reach, keeping your distance and throwing hard punches, I think the advantage is always in your favor.”

During the interview, The Hanyak also spoke about the origin of his nickname, his camp for Oleksiejczuk and more.

Time stamp:

(00:00) Introduction
(01:22) The origin of his nickname
(03:18) Creation of his own NFT for the Hanyak
(04:00) Replace Camur and defeat Allan
(05:44) His mistakes from the Allan fight
(06:20) Its relation to losing weight
(08:21) His camp for Oleksiejczuk
(09:00) His corner men
(09:31) Speaking of his current winning streak
(11:15) Kickboxers switch to MMA
(12:40) Commentary on Pereira’s UFC debut
(2:04) His walkout song
(15:15) Selection of Colby Covington against Jorge Masvidal
(16:13) Over


Tudor Leonte began writing about mixed martial arts for Italian media in 2013. His journey with Sherdog started in 2018 and now he covers One Championship and countless European shows. You can follow him on Twitter @Mr. Tudor Leonte.
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