Jacob Malkoun

Mamba

Australia

Draws newcomer in February
MiddleweightUFC
October 11, 2021
Malkoun is scheduled to face A.J. Dobson in a middleweight matchup at the UFC event set to take place Feb. 12, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
In a matchup between relative newcomers, Malkoun will look to build momentum from his first UFC victory earned by outlasting Abdul Razak Alhassan in April. He was credited with an impressive eight takedowns in that matchup, but it should be tougher sledding against Dobson, who navigated his way to a first-round submission win last September on Dana White's Contender Series. Malkoun will also be giving up four inches in height and three inches in reach when the cage doors close.
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Dominates Abdul Razak Alhassan
MiddleweightUFC
April 17, 2021
Malkoun defeated Abdul Razak Alhassan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was quite the rebound effort from Malkoun on the heels of his 18-second knockout loss to Phil Hawes in his company debut last October. Recognizing his massive edge in the grappling game over Alhassan, Malkoun sold out to drag his opponent to the mat at all costs. It worked. This result likely says more about where Alhassan is at this point that Malkoun, but Malkoun deserves full marks for recognizing a massive flaw in his opposition and taking full advantage. The 25-year-old Aussie has just a half dozen professional fights under his belt.
Books matchup with Alhassan
MiddleweightUFC
March 31, 2021
Malkoun (4-1-0) is scheduled to face Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-3-0) in a middleweight fight April 17 in Las Vegas at UFC on ESPN 22, USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Malkoun will be making his second appearance in the Octagon after falling in his promotional debut to Phil Hawes via first-round knockout at UFC 254 in October. Alhassan, meanwhile, has lost his last two bouts while fighting in the welterweight ranks, so he'll be moving up a weight class as he looks to regain some momentum.
Blitzed in UFC debut
MiddleweightUFC
October 24, 2020
Malkoun lost to Phil Hawes via KO (punches) at 0:18 of Round 1 at UFC 254 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Entering with an undefeated 4-0 professional record, Malkoun's UFC debut could not have gone any worse. He appeared to eat a shot behind the ear before Hawes forced him up against the fence and unloaded. Referee Jason Herzog gave Malkoun time to recover, but it clearly wasn't happening. It's rare for a debuting fighter to not receive a second opportunity with the company, but Malkoun could be an exception to the rule following this effort.
Set for UFC debut
MiddleweightUFC
September 19, 2020
Malkoun will make his UFC debut against Phil Hawes at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 25, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Malkoun has fought just four times as a professional, winning all four. In Hawes, he'll face another debutant. Hawes owns an 8-2 record since making his pro debut back in 2014.