A boatload of injuries has turned a proposed Brad Tavares vs. Tim Credeur bout into a bout between two debuting 185 lb. fighters. One of the guys has known he was climbing into the octagon for a while, and was even on the main card for a couple of days. The other guy just fought (and won) less than two weeks ago. Dustin Jacoby (6-0, 0-0 UFC) will face Clifford Starks (7-0, 0-0 UFC) in a middleweight bout at UFC 137.
Obviously, neither fighter is currently ranked at middleweight on the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings. Hardly surprising since they only have 13 fights between them and neither has fought on a big stage before. This middleweight UFC 137 fight will be on the preliminary card, which will be streamed live on Facebook. The Facebook stream begins at approximately 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Jacoby: 23 years old | 6'4" | Unknown reach
Starks: 30 years old | 5'10" | Unknown reach
What have these two done recently?
Jacoby: W - Billy Horne (TKO) | W - Ryan Sturdy (TKO) | W - Oscar Glover (TKO)
Starks: W - Artenas Young (UD) | W - Rudy Aguilar (TKO) | W - Roe Harris (KO)
How did these two get here?
Dustin Jacoby was a college football player at Quincy University, and started training at what used to be Matt Hughes' H.I.T. Squad gym after he graduated from college. He went 9-1 as an amateur and picked up three titles, all at light-heavyweight, before turning pro. He has picked up five of his six pro wins by TKO. He hasn't faced much stiff competition so far, but his 6'4 frame will be a big advantage over his 5'10 opponent.
Clifford Starks was an NCAA division 1 wrestler at Arizona State University and was a teammate of UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. He fights out of Arizona Combat Sports. He made his pro debut in late 2009 and mostly fought for the Rage in the Cage promotion before getting a shot in the main event of Shark Fights 20 just under two weeks ago. He picked up a decision in an uneventful fight, mostly due to his opponent refusing to engage. Wrestling is his biggest strength in the cage and he'll look to ground Jacoby as soon as possible.
Why should you care?
It will probably be tough to have much of an emotional investment in a bout featuring two unknown, debuting fighters. They're both undefeated though, and someone's 0 has got to go! Wow, that was lame.
More UFC 137 preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.
UFC 137 Weigh In Video: BJ Penn and Nick Diaz Almost Come To Blows - Matthew Roth
UFC 137: Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 137 Penn vs Diaz: Staff Predictions
UFC 137 Weigh-In Video and Results - Tim Burke
UFC 137: Cheick Kongo vs. Matt Mitrione Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 137: Scott Jorgensen vs. Jeff Curran Dissection - Dallas Winston
Judo Chop: B.J. Penn's Back Control - Ben Thapa
UFC 137: The Sober Reality of Nick Diaz's Continued Presence in MMA - Leland Roling
UFC 137: Dana White Video Blog, Part 2 - Matthew Roth
Judo Chop: Nick Diaz's Ground Game - Ben Thapa
UFC 137: George Roop vs. Hatsu Hioki Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 137 Striking Breakdown: Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 137 Press Conference Recap: Jon Anik to Broadcast Booth, UFC on Fox Undercard on Facebook and Fox.com - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137 Video: B.J. Penn Challenges Cesar Gracie, Admits to Being 'Hookwinked' By Him - Tim Burke
UFC 137: Roy Nelson 'I'd Have to Cut Off A Leg To Make 205' - Matthew Roth
Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 92: UFC 137 Preview - Matt Bishop
UFC 137 Video: Nick Diaz Goes In-Depth About Press Conference Fiasco, Not Loving Fighting - Tim Burke
UFC 137: The Card That Could Have Been and the PPV Repercussions - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Video: B.J. Penn Talks Fighting Nick Diaz and Future Title Shots - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137: B.J. Penn Explains Lack of Hype for Nick Diaz Fight - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137: Nick Diaz Wishes He'd Stuck to Boxing Plans - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137: George Roop Discusses Bout With Hatsu Hioki, Death of Shawn Tompkins - Tim Burke
UFC 137 Video: Danny Downes Fighter Diary In Preparation for Ramsey Nijem - Anton Tabuena
UFC 137: Tyson Griffin vs. Bart Palaszewski Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz Betting Lines - Tim Burke
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz Countdown Video - Tim Burke
UFC 137: Dennis Siver vs. Donald Cerrone Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 137: Matt Mitrione's Rapid Rise the Exception, Not the Rule - Leland Roling
UFC 137 Roundtable: Analyzing Nick Diaz's Chances Against B.J. Penn
UFC 137: Nick Diaz Discusses Looking Up to B.J. Penn, Gameplanning - Tim Burke
UFC 137: Breaking Down the Striking of Matt Mitrione - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 137: B.J. Penn Not Offended By Nick Diaz At All - Tim Burke
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - Best Bets for Fight of the Night - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137: Donald Cerrone's Unlikely Run May Land Him in Title Contention - Leland Roling
UFC 137: Facebook Card Dissection - Dallas Winston
UFC 137: Dana White Video Blog, Part 1 - Tim Burke
UFC 137: Cesar Gracie - If Nick Diaz Finishes B.J. Penn, He Should Get GSP Next - Tim Burke