The top of the UFC Fight Island Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige billing saw a back and forth standup battle between the #6 ranked featherweight, Calvin Kattar, and the #10 ranked, Dan Ige. Both men came to throw their hands, and each man and to overcome some adversity to make it to the championship rounds, but it was Kattar who took home the decision. Ige came with a volume game built around fighting from the outside, while Kattar methodically pressed forward looking to land counter punches. Kattar had to overcome a major bloody nose in the second round, and Ige was visibly moved anytime Kattar landed.
Check out Tim Burke’s play-by-play of Calvin Kattar’s opening round against Dan Ige:
Round 1 - Ige wades in first, about 30 seconds in. Nice long 1-2 from Ige. Ige with a right to the body. The same long 1-2 as before, but Kattar blocks it. And yet again. Kattar not countering yet. He lands a jab to the body. Jab from Ige. Body shot from Ige, Kattar with a right and a left uppercut counter. Kattar loosening up now. Ige with a big body but Kattar counters. Ige looks for a takedown but ends up on his back with Kattar standing over him. Kattar lands one nice shot before Ige gets up. Front kick from Kattar. ige counter a counter right, and a body shot. Body kick from ige is caught, and Kattar throws him to the mat. He lands shots on the ground and rips Ige as he gets up, but Ige lands right back to the body. Side kick from Kattar. They trade inside. Ige scores with a huge right to the chin. Jump knee from Kattar! 10-9 Ige.
Calvin Kattar defeated Dan Ige unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)