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Dustin Jacoby plans to catch, finish Ion Cutelaba at UFC Vegas 25 en route to top-15 matchup

After a decision win in his most recent appearance, Dustin Jacoby believes he needs to prove a point to the himself and the rest of the UFC’s light heavyweight division.

Jacoby is set to face Ion Cutelaba this Saturday at UFC Vegas 25. “The Hanyak” is stepping in on short notice to replace Devin Clark, who was forced to withdraw for undisclosed reasons.

After going 0-2 in his first stint with the UFC, Jacoby returned to the promotion over eight years later after earning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series in August. The 33-year-old picked up his first octagon win with a a first-round TKO win over Justin Ledet at UFC Vegas 12 in October. He would go on to pick up a hard fought win over Maxim Grishin in February at UFC Vegas 20 and looks to keep the train moving in an exciting matchup on Saturday’s main card.

In an exclusive interview, Jacoby joins MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and discusses how the fight came to be, the fanfare behind the matchup, if he believes Cutelaba will be more cautious being in a must-win situation, what he took away from his recent win over Grishin, his teammate Anthony Smith’s UFC 261 win over Jimmy Crute, his thoughts on the main event between Dominick Reyes and Jiri Prochazka, hoping a finish will get him into a top-15 matchup, and more.