Round 1: Both fighters being careful early. Starks moves in and misses with a combination. Starks lands a glancing right hand. Jacoby lands a straight right hand. Starks lands a counter right hand that snaps Jacoby’s head back. Jacoby seems worried about Starks’ takedowns. Starks times a takedown and double legs Jacoby. Jacoby isolates an arm as the bell sounds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Starks.
Round 2: Jacoby looking to counter Starks as Starks moves in. Jacoby lands a right hand. Starks lunges in with a right hook that misses. Jacoby lands a spinning back kick to the body. Starks puts a jab in Jacoby’s face. They exchange right hands in the center of the Octagon. Half way through the round and the pace is picking up. Starks is stalking looking to land a right hand. Starks opts for a takedown. Jacoby does a good job of controling Starks’ head. Starks isn’t doing much damage at this point. Starks postures up and lands a left hand. Starks lands a series of peppering right hands. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Starks.
Round 3: Jacoby’s corner tells him he needs a finish to win and urges him to let his hands go. Starks lands a punch to the body and followed it with a right hand to the jaw. Starks with a right hand and Jacoby lands a knee as he backed away. Starks secures a takedown. Three minutes remaining in the round. Starks landing short shots but not doing much damage. Starks moves to side control but jumps back in Jacoby’s half guard. Jacoby looks for a kimura. Starks defends it. Starks controls Jacoby and lands some shots in the closing seconds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Starks.
The judges score the bout 30-27 on all score cards, declaring Clifford Starks the winner by unanimous decision.