15/04/2024

Jacob Malkoun was returned to the win column after defeating Nick Maximov via unanimous decision. (Photo: @UFC/Instagram.)

Australia’s Jacob Malkoun (7-2, UFC 3-2) has returned to winning ways after defeating Nick Maximov (8-2, UFC 2-2) in dominant fashion at UFC Vegas 62.

Malkoun won all three rounds employing a wrestle-heavy approach with all three judges scoring the fight 30-27.

It was a closely contested fight early with Maximov taking the early advantage after dropping the Aussie in the first minute of the fight with a left hook.

From that point the fight was one-sided, with Malkoun able to apply the pressure for the remainder of the round, landing multiple takedowns. While Maximov was able to nullify the impact of the takedowns by constantly getting up, Malkoun was still able to get the better of the striking exchanges.

Heading into the second round it became apparent that Maximov had sustained an injury to his right leg during the opening round with his movement clearly compromised. Malkoun did not relent his heavy wrestling approach, taking Maximov down multiple times during the round.

Similar to the first round Malkoun was in control no matter where the fight went, landing combinations when on the feet compared to Maximov who was throwing one punch at a time.

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With his leg heavy compromised Maximov was unable to do much in terms of defeating takedowns, evident by Malkoun taking him down within the opening 10 seconds of the final round.

While Maximov showed heart able to return to his feet multiple times, he did not present any danger to the Aussie.

To the American’s credit, he was able to survive until the final bell however heading to the scorecards it was evident that Malkoun had earned the decision victory.

The statistics following the fight showed how dominant Malkoun was, with him able to land nine takedowns and outstrike Maximov 129 to 56 through the 15-minute fight.

With Malkoun back in the win column, the middleweight will be looking to keep the momentum going with a homecoming fight on the UFC 284 card set to be in Perth likely to be the next time we see him fight.

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