Jamal Pogues vs. Tafon Nchukwi – Preview & Matchup Analysis

UFC Vegas 66: Cannonier vs. Strickland is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 17, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. In one of the matchups on the fight card, Jamal Pogues will take on Tafon “Da Don” Nchukwi in the Light Heavyweight Bout. You can view the full UFC Vegas 66 card.

In this post, we will break down Jamal Pogues vs. Tafon Nchukwi matchup. Let’s take look at the fighter’s ages, their height, records, reach, fight stats, and more below ⤵

The 27-year-old, Jamal Pogues is coming in with a 9-3-2000 record. Pogues will be fighting for the first time since a win via unanimous decision against Paulo Renato Junior at DWCS 6.3 in August.

Nchukwi, meanwhile, is coming off a KO/TKO loss against Carlos Ulberg on August 9, 2022 at UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot and holds a 6-3-2000 record.

Jamal Pogues vs. Tafon Nchukwi
6′ 3″
6′ 0″
205 lbs.
205 lbs.

Jamal Pogues has an orthodox fighting stance with a 77″ reach. The 28-year-old, Tafon Nchukwi is an orthodox fighter with a 77″ reach. An orthodox fighter stands with their left side forward and jabs with their left hand, the southpaw fighter is the opposite, southpaw stands with their right side forward and jabs with their right hand. In most cases, orthodox fighters are right-handed, if you are left-handed, then you fight southpaw.

Jamal Pogues:
→ Pogues’s striking accuracy is 47%.
→ Pogues lands 3.93 significant strikes per minute.
→ Pogues’s takedown accuracy is 53%.
→ Pogues’s takedown average is 3.5 per 15 minutes.
→ Pogues’s takedown defense is 100%.

Pogues comes in with 47% striking accuracy, typically landing about 3.93 significant strikes every minute. On the other side, Nchukwi fires at 52% accuracy, landing about 6.05 significant strikes per minute. Jamal Pogues also has a 53% takedown accuracy and on average gets around 3.5 takedowns every 15 minutes, compared to Nchukwi’s 0.94 takedowns and 71% takedown accuracy.

Tafon Nchukwi:
→ Nchukwi’s striking accuracy is 52%.
→ Nchukwi lands 6.05 significant strikes per minute.
→ Nchukwi’s takedown accuracy is 57%.
→ Nchukwi’s takedown average is 0.94 per 15 minutes.
→ Nchukwi’s takedown defense is 71%.

Tafon spent on average 10:40 minutes in the Octagon and Jamal has an average fight time of 15:00 minutes.

This looks like an exciting matchup, at least on paper. UFC Vegas 66 is live in , who do you think will win, Jamal or Tafon? Sound off in the comments.

Event Name
UFC Vegas 66: Cannonier vs. Strickland
December 17, 2022
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Jamal Pogues vs. Tafon Nchukwi

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