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.
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