The action continues on “Fight Island” as UFC on ESPN 13 kicks off tonight, Wednesday, July 13.
Just four days removed from UFC 251, the promotion returns to the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
The event is headlined by ranked featherweights Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige. A flyweight matchup between Ryan Benoit and Tim Elliott will serve as the co-main event.
In the main event of the evening, Calvin “The Boston Finisher” Katter will take on “Dynamite” Dan Ige in a featherweight clash.
Fresh off of a TKO win over Jeremy Stephens via relentless elbows, Calvin Katter comes into this contest with more experience, on paper. Holding wins with such notables as Ricardo Lamas and Shane Burgos, Katter is the favorite coming into his bout with Dan Ige.
Dan Ige’s momentum is rapidly climbing as he enters this bout. Riding a 6 fight win streak, Ige edged out the striking specialist Edson Barboza in his last performance. His bout with Katter will Ige’s 3rd fight of 2020.
Here is how the featherweight bout between Calvin Katter and Dan Ige went down at UFC on USPN 13, including round by round scoring. For full results, check them out here.
Ige pops his job out early. Ige follows with another 1-2 combination. Katter looks to be feeling his opponent out as Ige is able to come forward with a punch combination again unanswered. Katter finally kicks into gear letting his left hand feel Ige out. Ige opens up with another punch combination, with Katter getting more active and countering his opponents’ attempts. Ige changes levels for the takedown and Katter is able to fend it off. Katter stands overtop of Ige awaiting a mistake and picking his strikes. Ige stands up with Katter looking to capitalize on the moment with a missed straight right. Katter is picking up his momentum following Ige around the cage as Ige is on the defensive, utilizing his counter strikes. Katter trips Ige to the canvas and sizes him up on the ground once more for continued punishment. Ige is able to stand back to his feet. Katter follows his opponent up, backing him up with strikes. Katter finishes the round with a flying knee in the closing seconds following with a vicious punch combination to close.
MyMMANews scores round 1 for Calvin Katter. 10-9
Both fighters throw several strikes with minimal effort, more as a gauging process. Katter starts to pump the job out more consistently to keep Ige on the end of his punches. Ige presses forward with a few punches but Katter looks like the fresher man. Ige looks to step in and engage again but is picked off by Kater’s pinpoint-precision striking. Ige is looking to make up for the time when as he comes forward; Loading up on his strikes in an effort to take his opponent out, Ige is able to string his punches together more consistently as he’s popping in and out of the pocket and going from body to head. Katter throws a flying knee following with his own punch combinations in an effort to take Ige’s head off at the end of the round.
MyMMANews scores round 2 for Dan Ige 10-9.
Both fighters start the round very active, trading punches. Ige opens up with two hard leg kicks and charges forward with punches upstairs. Katter returns fire as this round has been more active than the previous rounds. AJ opens up with more punch combinations, going to the body and following upstairs. Katter is counter striking beautifully and backing Ige against the fence. Katter opens up with a huge combination throwing his punches upstairs and mixing it up with his kicks. Ige follows with his own punches, to remain active. In the closing seconds, both fighters paw at each other with Katter looking to land a head kick at the last second.
MyMMANews scores round 3 for Calvin Katter. 10-9
The championship rounds begin and Ige looks to get the contest to the floor early on. Katter follows with his own strikes, leading into a flying knee and he’s able to get Ige to the canvas. Unable to get a flow going, Katter couldn’t keep Ige on the mat as he stands back up and the fight gets back to center cage. Katter is using his jab mixed with his teep kicks to keep his opponent at bay. Ige is firing heavy leather, looking to get his opponent out of there. Both fighters are trading brutal punch combinations upstairs mixing it up with leg kicks downstairs. Ige looks to get the bout to the canvas once more and appears to slip. He’s unable to complete his takedown and Katter looks to capitalize with hard jabs as Ige switch levels again for a last-second takedown that is fended off and Katter lands a spinning heel kick to the body to close the round
MyMMANews scores round 4 for Calvin Katter. 10-9
The fighters meet center-cage for an early exchange. Kahler looks to get the best of the exchange as Ige retreats first. Katter stays behind his rangy 1-2 combination. Ige loads up on his punches and Kater sees them from a mile away as he stays on the outside and picks at his opponent, slowly. The fighters clash for a brief exchange and Ige gets a single leg and takes Katter all the way across the cage to the fence. Katter is able to stand his ground to remain on his feet as Ige gives up on the takedown attempt. Katter wastes no time getting back to work firing leg kicks to size up his striking upstairs. With a minute left, Katter is looking to put an exclamation on this fight as his punches start to carry a little more pop upon delivery. Ige follows suit and loads up on his punches as well. With 15 seconds left Ige looks to get the bout to the floor. Kater capitalizes on a mistake and pounces in Ige on the ground and rains hammerfists until the final bell sounds.
MyMMANews scores round 5 for Katter. 10-9
Official result: Calvin Katter defeats Dan Ige via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46,48-47)