Dan Ige is coming into Wednesday’s Fight Island main event on an impressive six-fight win streak, bringing his MMA record to 14-2.
The first Fight Night on the UFC’s Fight Island will also be the first five round fight for Top-10 featherweights Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige. Wednesday’s main event features Kattar as a -315 favourite on the MMA Odds with Ige coming in at +225. The main card is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET.
Calvin Kattar Fight Night Odds
The more experienced Kattar (21-4 MMA record) used a violent elbow to earn a second round submission win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 249 in May. With that win, Kattar has now finished just over half his opponents by KO. The No. 6 contender’s size and strength has proven difficult for opponents to handle and could pose a problem for Ige, as Kattar has the edge in size, reach and leg reach.
With a striking and power advantage, Kattar is a slugger with a high risk, high reward style. He averages 5.29 significant strikes per minute, but also absorbs 6.46. Kattar is not afraid to take damage if it means he can dole out a little himself and he is most likely going to come hard at Ige from the start.
Kattar has never fought a five round fight, making the only area of concern for the 32-year-old American, his fitness level. But with another one or two high profile wins, Kattar could get a title shot, making mental preparation key to winning under the bright lights of the main event on Wednesday.
Dan Ige Fight Night Odds
Also fighting in his first five round bout, Dan Ige is coming into Wednesday’s Fight Island main event on an impressive six-fight win streak, bringing his MMA record to 14-2. He has not lost since dropping a unanimous decision in his UFC debut against Julio Arce at UFC 220 in January 2018.
The No. 10 contender is going to need to use his well-rounded fight game strategically if he wants to beat the bigger, stronger and more experienced Kattar. Ige’s best shot is to get Kattar on the ground to eliminate his striking ability. Both fighters average 28 per cent takedown accuracy, but Ige averages 1.75 takedowns per 15 minutes compared to Kattar’s 0.42.
Ige’s win streak is impressive, but with the quality of his opponent now at a much higher caliber, his hands could be full against Kattar. Ige’s last two fights were split decisions, including a very controversial win over Edson Barboza in May, so he is not exactly dominating his opponents, even when he wins.
Calvin Kattar vs. Dan Ige Fight Night Prediction:
You can expect this to be a standup fight as neither fighter is particularly known as a grappler. They are both coming off similar rest and both fighting five rounds for the first time, but Kattar is a much stronger opponent than Ige has seen in the past. Look for both fighters to wear down as the fight goes on and Kattar to pick up the win by decision.