Calvin Kattar defeats Dan Ige by unanimous determination

Calvin Kattar landed a knee, Dan Ige slipped to the canvas and Kattar obtained on high, throwing punches downward as exhausting as he might. The time on the clock expired. The combat was over.

By then, Kattar had the choice within the bag. However he was nonetheless making an attempt to complete, even within the closing seconds.

Kattar was in a position to safe a unanimous determination (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) victory Wednesday over Dan Ige within the featherweight fundamental occasion of UFC Struggle Night time on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. Kattar’s boxing, particularly his energy, was the distinction. Ige’s proper eye had fully swollen up late within the fifth spherical.

Coming in, Kattar was ranked No. eight on this planet amongst MMA featherweights by ESPN. The victory places Kattar, who has now received twice within the pandemic period, nearer to that title dialog. Kattar is the one fighter who has two wins because the UFC restarted Could 9 following a COVID-19 hiatus.

Alexander Volkanovski efficiently defended the featherweight belt final Saturday at UFC 251 in a win over former champ Max Holloway. Kattar informed UFC play-by-play man Jon Anik in his post-fight interview that a number of 145-pound contenders are calling out Volkanovski from the consolation of their properties — and Kattar stated he is strolling the stroll.

“I am going out, I am combating and incomes it,” Kattar stated. “If the champ says he desires some contenders, he is obtained one in me.”

The cardboard occurred in entrance of no followers on the not too long ago constructed Flash Discussion board, which sits inside a secure zone the place everybody who enters have to be examined for COVID-19. Yas Island has been dubbed “Struggle Island” by the UFC for this month’s slate of occasions. UFC Struggle Night time: Kattar vs. Ige was the second UFC card in 5 days on the venue, following UFC 251 final Saturday.

Kattar obtained off to a robust begin within the first spherical, touchdown stable boxing combos and dealing Ige’s physique with hooks. Ige had his moments, too, together with a giant proper hand that shocked Kattar and may need damaged his oft-broken nostril. With momentum on his aspect, Ige had a giant second spherical, utilizing his pace and motion to go out and in and land combos.

“I will take, it man,” Kattar stated of probably reinjuring his nostril. “I feel it is robust to not get harm in my fights with my model.”

Within the third, Kattar was in a position to make changes and land his more durable punches. For a lot of the combat, it was a battle between Kattar’s energy and Ige’s quickness. Kattar tried to stroll Ige down all through, however had a tricky time chopping off the cage. When Kattar landed, although, it was with the heavier pictures. And people added up within the late rounds in what was nonetheless a reasonably shut combat. Kattar was additionally in a position to stuff all 9 of Ige’s takedown makes an attempt.

“Calvin is likely one of the greatest on this planet,” Ige stated. “I examined myself in opposition to probably the greatest on this planet. I am simply gonna continue to grow and getting higher.”

Kattar (22-4) was coming off a vicious second-round TKO of Jeremy Stephens at UFC 249 in Could. The Massachusetts native has received three of his final 4 fights and 5 out of seven total within the UFC. Kattar, 32, joined Volkanovski as the one featherweights with three wins in opposition to UFC top-10 contenders since 2019, per ESPN Stats & Data.

Ige’s (14-3) six-fight profitable streak was snapped. The Hawaii native was coming off a break up determination win over Edson Barboza on Could 16. Ige, 28, had not misplaced since his UFC debut in January 2018 earlier than Wednesday.

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