A brand new featherweight title contender will emerge Wednesday night time on “Struggle Island.”
Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige meet in the primary occasion of UFC Struggle Night time in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The cardboard is the second of 4 consecutive occasions the UFC has scheduled for Yas Island, which has been dubbed “Struggle Island.” The venue would be the lately constructed Flash Discussion board, inside a protected zone the place everybody has been examined a number of occasions for COVID-19.
Kattar (21-4) is available in as ESPN’s No. 8-ranked featherweight. The Massachusetts native stopped divisional stalwart Jeremy Stephens by second-round TKO (elbow) at UFC 249 on Could 9. Kattar, 32, has received three of his previous 4 and 5 of his previous seven fights.
Ige (14-2) is maybe the most well liked fighter within the division not named Alexander Volkanovski, who’s the champion. The Hawaii native has received six straight and has not misplaced since his UFC debut in 2018 to Julio Arce. Ige, 28, is coming off a break up determination win over Edson Barboza in Could.
“A win over Dan Ige places me one step nearer to in the end turning into champion of the UFC within the featherweight division,” Kattar stated. “That is my aim, to convey that belt again house to Boston.”
Within the co-main occasion, Tim Elliott and Ryan Benoit will attempt to get again to successful methods within the flyweight division. The always-exciting Elliott (15-11-1) has dropped three straight. Benoit (10-6) is coming off a break up determination loss to Alateng Heili in what was Benoit’s first struggle in additional than two years.
Additionally on the cardboard, contenders Jimmie Rivera and Cody Stamann will meet in a featherweight bout, although each struggle primarily at bantamweight. Plus, thrilling heavyweight Todd Duffee fights for simply the second time since 2015 and welterweight prospect Abdul Razak Alhassan returns after almost two years away following his acquittal in a sexual assault case.
Struggle in progress:
Middleweight: John Phillips (22-9, 1-Three UFC, +280) vs. Khamzat Chimaev (6-0, 0-Zero UFC, -340)
Males’s featherweight: Lerone Murphy (9-0-1, 1-0-1 UFC) defeats Ricardo Ramos (14-3, 5-2 UFC) by first-round TKO
Recap to come back.
Mild heavyweight: Modestas Bukauskas (11-2, 1-Zero UFC) defeats Andreas Michailidis (12-4, 0-1 UFC) by first-round TKO
Modestas Bukauskas repeatedly lands elbows to Andreas Michailidis’ head on the finish of Spherical 1, and the ref calls the tip to the bout.
Michailidis tried to make an impression on the judges with a late takedown in Spherical 1 of this assembly of sunshine heavyweights making their UFC debuts. However Bukauskas made the judges pointless.
For almost 5 minutes, it was an excellent back-and-forth struggle on the ft, with Michailidis’ footwork presenting an issue for the aggressive assault of Bukauskas. Then, with seconds to go within the spherical, Michailidis went for a takedown. Bukauskas defended it and started dropping elbows to the facet of the top. When the horn sounded and the assault ended, Michailidis dropped ahead on his palms and knees.
Michailidis finally sat, however when he leaned again the cage door was open and he almost fell over. The ref waved off the struggle.
— Dominick Reyes (@DomReyes) July 16, 2020
Bukauskas, a local of Lithuania who trains in England, has received seven in a row. The 26-year-old is a former Cage Warriors mild heavyweight champ.
Michailidis, who’s 31 and preventing out Athens, got here in having received seven of his previous eight.
Males’s featherweight: Jared Gordon (16-4, 4-Three UFC) defeats Chris Fishgold (18-4-1, 1-Three UFC) by unanimous determination
Jared “Flash” Gordon beats Chris Fishgold with UFC commentator and light-weight Paul Felder, who left the desk to work the struggle.
A hellish few weeks was value it for Gordon.
After his fiancée and all his nook individuals examined optimistic for COVID-19, Gordon made the trek all the way in which to Abu Dhabi alone. Whereas there, he handled a false optimistic for the coronavirus. The trials and tribulations all paid off with a dominant unanimous determination (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) over Fishgold in Gordon’s return to the featherweight division.
With Gordon not having any corners with him, he requested UFC light-weight and broadcast analyst Paul Felder to nook him. Felder, Gordon’s longtime pal, left his place as colour commentator quickly to again his pal for the bout.
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Fishgold had an early takedown within the first, however as soon as Gordon acquired up he landed his personal takedown and ended up in prime place. That is how the subsequent two rounds went, too. Gordon took Fishgold down and landed ground-and-pound within the second. Within the third, he acquired Fishgold down once more and landed laborious punches to the perimeters of Fishgold’s head. Gordon was near ending, however Fishgold survived to the tip of the bout.
Gordon landed 241 whole strikes, which was the fourth most landed in a single struggle in UFC featherweight historical past, per ESPN Stats & Data.
Gordon, 31, picked up his second win in three fights. The New York native had dropped three of 4 coming in. Fishgold, a 28-year-old England native, has dropped three of his previous 4 bouts. Fishgold missed weight Tuesday by three kilos.
Watch this struggle on ESPN+.
Girls’s flyweight: Liana Jojua (7-3, 0-1 UFC) defeats Diana Belbita (13-5, 0-1 UFC) by first-round armbar
Liana Jojua will get Diana Belbita into an armbar and forces her to submit within the first spherical.
Jojua withstood an early onslaught and methodically labored her strategy to an armbar end at 2:23 of Spherical 1 in a gathering of younger flyweights. Jojua is 25, Belbita a yr youthful.
Belbita, a Romanian preventing out of Canada, got here out aggressively, shifting ahead behind punches, then trapped Jojua in a clinch. However when the struggle went to the canvas, Jojua, a Georgian, instantly arrange the submission. She acquired it for her first UFC win.
These fighters had adopted related paths to the large present. Jojua misplaced her promotional debut final September after driving in on a five-fight successful streak. Belbita had received 4 in a row earlier than she dropped her first UFC bout in October.
Watch this struggle on ESPN+.
Males’s bantamweight: Jack Shore (13-0, 2-Zero UFC) defeats Aaron Phillips (12-4, 0-Three UFC) by second-round rear-naked choke
Jack Shore submits Aaron Phillips early within the second spherical of their bout within the prelims of UFC Struggle Night time at Struggle Island.
The UFC has a authentic prospect from the UK on its palms.
Shore stopped Phillips with a rear-naked choke at 2:29 of the second spherical to open the UFC’s second card on Yas Island. Shore was capable of take Phillips down within the opening seconds of the second spherical, take Phillips’ again after which lock within the choke.
Shore dominated nearly each second of the struggle along with his wrestling and grappling. He pressed Phillips towards the cage within the first spherical, landed punches from the turtle place after which blasted Phillips with some laborious knees within the clinch.
Shore, 25, has 12 stoppages in 13 profession victories and eight of these stoppages are submissions. The Wales native is now 2-Zero within the UFC. Shore is a former Cage Warriors bantamweight champion.
“I am gonna hold the end charge excessive,” Shore stated. “Folks pay to see finishes.”
Phillips, 30, had his five-fight successful streak snapped. The Louisiana resident was making his first look within the UFC since 2014.
“It has been a troublesome struggle week with the quarantine in London for 2 days, flight to Abu Dhabi, caught within the lodge room for 2 days right here, the climate, the sleeping sample, the change of opponents, however it’s what it’s, as fighters we have to be taught to take care of adversity,” Shore stated. “Aside from a sloppy begin to the primary spherical, I can not complain, second spherical end — I am a cheerful man. I am a little bit of a perfectionist, I am a type of guys, I wish to go on the market and win each second of each spherical of each struggle. I am going to in all probability return and watch it on the TV or on my telephone and I am going to have a unique view like I at all times do. I simply felt just a little bit sloppy beginning off, however as soon as I acquired in my rhythm and loosened up, I acquired the job carried out.
“I wish to hold getting higher between fights, I wish to convey a greater model of myself to each single struggle, I do not wish to be that man who’s preventing each month. Give me a month or two now to enhance my talent set and it might be nice to come back again to the Octagon. October or November time, excellent. I might like to come back again to Abu Dhabi as effectively, I did not get to see a lot of this stunning place, been caught within the lodge for every week chopping weight, so I might love to come back again right here for a visit and take a look about and luxuriate in it just a little bit extra too.”
Watch this struggle on ESPN+.
Nonetheless to come back:
Males’s featherweight: Calvin Kattar (21-4, 5-2 UFC, -280) vs. Dan Ige (14-2, 6-1 UFC, +240)
Males’s flyweight: Tim Elliott (16-11-1, 4-9 UFC, -145) vs. Ryan Benoit (10-6, 3-Four UFC, +125)
Males’s featherweight: Jimmie Rivera (22-4, 6-Three UFC, -145) vs. Cody Stamann (19-2-1, 5-1-1 UFC, +125)
Girls’s flyweight: Molly McCann (10-2, 3-1 UFC, -140) vs. Taila Santos (15-1, 0-1 UFC, +120)
Welterweight: Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-1, 4-1 UFC, -300) vs. Mounir Lazzez (9-1, 0-Zero UFC, +260)
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