Dana White’s Contender series makes a return on Tuesday the 4th of August, which many fans will be thrilled to hear. UFC’S Apex Arena will host a total of four bouts on the night.
The fight card varies from Light Heavyweight, Welterweight, Lightweight and Bantamweight action.
Dustin Jacoby is a veteran in combat. The 32 year old brings 32 professional fights to the table, across all forms of combat.
Jacoby’s focus in recent years has turned to kickboxing while challenging for a world title in Glory. Now an opportunity has presented itself that can’t be turned down.
Ty Flores (7-2) doesn’t bring the experience like Jacoby does to the table. This opportunity comes at a great time while riding a five fight winning streak, four coming via finish.
How have things been on your side on the lead up to your bout on the ‘Contender Series’. Do you feel you’ve had enough time to prepare for such a big occasion and opportunity as I know a lot of athletes have been struggling with gyms being closed all over the world at the minute?
Jacoby – “Things have been going well. I found out about this fight end of February/beginning of March. We have been putting in the time and effort since day one. Our gym had to close down for a little bit, but the fighters and I, as well as the coaches, found ways to get together and kept pushing towards our goals. I have had more than enough time to prepare for my opponent.”
As mentioned, this is such a big opportunity to be competing in front of the boss, Dana White. Do you feel a ton of added pressure and anxiety on the lead up this one or is it just second nature for you at this point in your career?
Jacoby – “I don’t feel any pressure at all. Like, whatsoever. I have been traveling the world fighting professionally since 2010. This is nothing new to me, and the experience I bring with me will show August 4.”
Correct me If I’m wrong but you’ve not been competing much in MMA recently Your last bout taking place last year then before that in 2015. You’ve really turned your focus to Kickboxing bouts. Why is that and why do you feel the times right to return to MMA?
Jacoby – “Since 2013, I turned my focus to kickboxing and made a run at the world title with Glory. Unfortunately, I suffered a couple arm breaks that set me back and geared my focus back towards MMA. I took about 6-8 months off from training in 2018, and in November/December of that year is when I got back in the gym and really started focusing on MMA again. It’s been a lot of fun and I have been trying to find MMA fights, but regional promoters were unwilling to pay my value and regional fighters were unwilling to fight me. Which is why my last MMA fight was at Heavyweight. I accept all challenges. Finally I was able to land this opportunity and of course, accepted.”
As a contender, what do you feel you could offer to the UFC’S Light Heavyweight/Heavyweight division and why would fans want to tune in and watch you fight?
Jacoby – “I’m an exciting fighter. I bring a lot of experience to the cage with me and I bring a lot of knockout ability. I certainly believe I am the type of fighter that fans really enjoy watching compete.”
Being offered a contract by the biggest MMA promotion in the world is potentially life-changing for some fighters. Being offered said contract, what would that mean to you and has it always been a lifelong goal for you?
Jacoby – “I believe it will be a little bit different for me as I have already competed in the UFC. I was able to compete at such a high level with the world’s biggest kickboxing promotion in Glory. See, these contender series guys are typically young, and certainly young in their careers. I am at a different stage in my career, and while it will be great to get back in the UFC, I don’t feel any pressure whatsoever to go get this contract. I know by being myself and fighting the way I am capable of fighting, the contract is already mine.”
What’s your thoughts on Ty Flores as an opponent. Do you know much about him as you’ve had so little time to study his game?
Jacoby – “Ty Flores is a tough, Midwest kid. I am much more experienced than him and far more decorated in the striking department. Also, I understand his only chance will be to take me down and submit me. I promise you on everything I love. I will not happen and I am going to finish this kid inside of the distance.”
Being not so active in MMA in recent years, is that ever in your mind going in against a guy who’s been competing regularly in MMA competition as opposed to kickboxing?
Jacoby – “Absolutely not. I have completed much longer than Ty Flores and at a much higher level. I will prove on August 4 that there are levels to this game. Fighting is fighting. I’ve been blazing a trail that I feel Ty Flores is incapable of walking. I can’t wait to prove that.”
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