Clifford Starks picked up a win in his UFC debut with a workmanlike unanimous decision victory over Dustin Jacoby, who was also making his debut in the organization. It wasn't pretty, as Starks generally used takedowns and some rather dull ground and pound to take all three rounds, but a win is a win. This was actually Starks' second win in the last 14 days, as he was brought in on short notice after a win on a Shark Fights card two weeks ago.
Starks was winning the standup in the first round, getting inside on Jacoby with the right hand and not letting Dustin establish his jab. Jacoby adjusted in the second and was using his standup more effectively, but Starks changed it up when he saw that he wasn't getting anything done and got the takedown. The third round was more of the same. The final scores were 30-27, 30-27, 30-27. The middleweight bout was the first fight on the UFC 137 preliminary card, and aired live on Facebook.
What was the high spot of this fight?
To be perfectly honest, it was probably the final bell. There wasn't a lot of action in this fight.
Where do these guys go from here?
While it wasn't a particularly eye-grabbing win, Starks showed that he can hang in the middle of the middleweight division with his versatility and wrestling. He'll get a tougher test next time out, but it would be interesting to see him face someone that could defend the takedown a little better. The dearth of wrestlers at 185 could benefit him.
Jacoby will get another fight in the UFC, but his weaknesses are pretty clear now. He's only 23, so there is plenty of time to work on them. A bout with fellow UFC 137 runner-up Chris Camozzi sounds like a logical matchup.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Never. Most cards start with a bang, this one started with a whimper. The pace was very slow and there wasn't much urgency from either fighter. You can definitely skip this one.
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UFC 137 Results: Post-Fight Press Conference Video - Matthew Roth
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UFC 137 Results: Dana White Announces Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: BJ Penn vs. Nick Diaz Fight Video Highlights - Anton Tabuena
UFC 137 Results: Nick Diaz vs. B.J. Penn Post-Fight Recap and Analysis - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137 Results: Mirko Cro Cop Announces Retirement After Loss - Fraser Coffeen
UFC 137 Results: Nick Diaz Starches BJ Penn To A Decision In A FOTY Candidate - Matthew Roth
Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 93: UFC 137 Results Review - Matt Bishop
UFC 137 Results: B.J. Penn Retires After Loss to Nick Diaz - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Pay-Per-View Fights - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137 Results: Cheick Kongo Decisions Matt Mitrione In A Lackluster Fight - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Roy Nelson Stops Mirko Cro Cop In The Third Round - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Scott Jorgensen Wins Unanimous Decision Over Jeff Curran - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Hatsu Hioki Wins Split Decision Over George Roop - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Donald Cerrone Forces Dennis Siver To Submit - Matthew Roth
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Spike TV Prelims - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137 Results: Bart Palaszewski Knocks Out Tyson Griffin In UFC Debut - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Brandon Vera Wins Close Decision Over Eliot Marshall - Matthew Roth
UFC 137 Results: Ramsey Nijem Dominates Danny Downes - Matthew Roth
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - Live Results and Play-By-Play for Facebook Prelims - Brent Brookhouse
UFC 137: Francis Carmont Dominates Chris Camozzi In UFC Debut - Matthew Roth