UFC Fight Night July 15, 2020 – Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige

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Surging featherweight contenders clash Wednesday as Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night. The main card is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET. The fight card will be the second consecutive UFC showcase held at UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, following the venue’s debut at UFC 251 on Saturday. The top-10 contenders are vying for position in a crowded division which is currently led by Alexander Volkanovski, who is coming off a controversial split-decision victory in a rematch against former champion Max Holloway.

The sixth-ranked Kattar is a -280 favorite, while the No. 10-ranked Ige is priced at +210 in the latest Kattar vs. Ige odds. The co-main event, Tim Elliott faces Ryan Benoit in a matchup of flyweight prospects..

Kattar last defeated Jeremy Stephens in a second-round knockout at UFC 249 on May 9, while Ige topped Edson Barboza in a third-round split decision at UFC Fight Night on May 16. The latter is riding a six-fight winning streak.

Kattar had won 10 consecutive fights before falling to Renato Moicano in a third-round unanimous decision in April 2018. Since then, the 32-year-old is 3-1.

This will be the first meeting for Ige and Kattar.

Calvin Kattar

The 6th ranked Featherweight Kattar has said he aims to go 3-0 this year. This would mean he needs to win 2 more times before the year’s end. His previous win came at the UFC 249 event where he destroyed Jeremy Stephens in the 2nd round. The fight was at Catchweight as Stephens missed the Featherweight limit by a huge margin.

Since his first fight with the UFC, in 2017, ‘The Boston Finisher’ has claimed 5 wins out of 7. 4 of these wins have come via KO and TKO. This matches a pattern in his career where he has claimed more than half of his wins (11/21) via knockout.

Do not expect him to go for submissions as he is known to stay away from them. Kattar’s previous submission win came 11 years ago when he fought for the World Championship Fighting promotion.

Dan Ige

The 10th ranked fighter is on a 6 fight win streak in the company. However, just one of these has come via knockout. This was his 2nd fight following the Contender series appearance. It came against Mike Santiago at UFC 225 within a minute of the first round. However, don’t expect him to engage in a striking match against an opponent who will be competing in a 5 rounder for the first time.

Both of Ige’s wins in 2020 have come via split decision. He beat Mirsad Bektic at UFC 247 and saw off a striker in Edson Barboza too at UFC in May. ‘Dynamite’ could look to employ the same strategy here too.

He will likely try to dodge ‘The Boston Finisher’ early and look to tire him out. As the fight goes deep, Ige may up his dominance or even go for a submission and try for his 6th win in that fashion.

A possible strategy for him could be to evade strikes and try to lock in a submission if he gets a perfect opening.

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