ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Jacob Malkoun beat Andre Petroski with a second-round TKO Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN 54 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

Take a look inside the fight with Malkoun, who got back in the win column with his first stoppage win in nearly five years.

Jacob Malkoun def. Andre Petroski

Mar 30, 2024; Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA; Jacob Malkoun (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Andre Petroski (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Boardwalk Hall. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Result: Jacob Malkoun def. Andre Petroski via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 0:39
Updated records: Malkoun (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) def. Andre Petroski (10-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Key stats: Malkoun got his first stoppage win in nearly five years.

Malkoun on the fight’s key moment

Mar 30, 2024; Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA; Andre Petroski (red gloves) fights Jacob Malkoun (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Boardwalk Hall. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

“When he went for the shot, I thrusted my hips in, big crossface, and maybe that hurt him I think. I just felt the reactions, broad crossface like I do in training, and I think maybe a little bit more intent, a bit of a hammerfist maybe. I saw him get rocked. I saw a wounded guy on the ground. I just wanted to kick him.”

Malkoun on teammate Rob Whittaker

Robert Whittaker. vs. Khamzat Chimaev

“I keep climbing that ladder. Skill-wise, I’m on a different level. I’m top 10, so I’ve just got to keep working, getting comfortable in that octagon over there. Rob (Whittaker’s) up next, so I’m going to go back, recover and I’m going to be pushing him.”

Malkoun on what he wants next

Mar 30, 2024; Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA; Jacob Malkoun (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Andre Petroski (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Boardwalk Hall. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

“It’s a good timeline, August (for UFC Pert). I’m going to be training hard, and pushing Rob, as well, for this camp. ”

To hear more from Malkoun, check out the video above.

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