On Saturday night, Feb. 8, 2020, the UFC returns to action for their second pay-per-view event of the year, which includes two world championship bouts.
UFC 247 takes place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be headlined by Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Dominick Reyes. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko defends her women’s flyweight title against Katlyn Chookagian.
In one of the most anticipated fights of the night, a featherweight showdown between Mirsad Bektic and Dan Ige will take place on the main card. Bektic is looking to get back on track after having his two-fight winning streak snapped by Josh Emmett via TKO at July’s UFC Sacramento event.
After dropping his Octagon debut to Julio Arce at UFC 220 in January 2018, Ige has won his last four fights. “Dynamite” picked up decision wins over Kevin Aguilar and Jordan Griffin, and finishes over Mike Santiago and Danny Henry as he looks to make a big leap up the featherweight divisional rankings.
Here is how the featherweight bout between Mirsad Bektic and Dan Ige went down at UFC 247, including round-by-round scoring. For full results of the event, check them out right here.
The highly anticipated featherweight bout is underway. Ige lands a jab to the chest early, followed by a left hook. Bektic goes low and they scramble on the ground. Ige with a hard knee as they separate. Ige with a sneaky right hand. Bektic ties Ige up, Ige lands a left hand and ends up on top following a scramble. Ige lands some heavy shots on Bektic as they get back to the feet. Strong first two minutes for the slight underdog Ige. Beautifully timed right hand from Ige and follows with a hard uppercut. All Ige for the first half of this opening round. Ige with a nice combination, ending with a hard shot to the body of Bektic. They battle against the fence and Ige lands a hard shot to the body, followed by one to the face as they separate. Bektic comes up just short on a right hand, but lands a left behind it. Ige looking very comfortable approaching the final minute of the round. Bektic with a right hand. Right hand over the top from Ige and they clinch against the cage. Ige with a short elbow as they separate. Final 10 seconds and Bektic feigns a takedown. Elbow from Bektic, Ige looks to take it to the mat as the horn sounds. Big round for Ige.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Ige
Bektic coming out a little more aggressive this round. Nice uppercut from Bektic and follows up to the body. Bektic goes for a takedown, Ige defends momentarily but Bektic ends up on top in side control. Hard knee to the body from Bektic, and another. Ige trying to create separation and Bektic trying to get to the back. Ige back to his feet and Bektic gets him right back down. Ige has his arms hooked around the right leg of Bektic, almost banana split-like, but Bektic is able to get on top in half guard. Bektic trying to get to side control, Ige defends. Bektic looking for an arm triangle and gets to full mount. Ige is in trouble but is hanging on. Still a minute to work for Bektic but Ige is able to break the hold and get back to full guard. Nicely done. Final 30 seconds and Ige looking for a Kimura. Bektic gets separation and ends the round on top.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Bektic
Even fight into the final round. Ige comes up short on a left hand. Right to the body from Ige as Bektic circles to his left. Ige with a right hand, followed by a kick to the body. Stiff jab from Ige and they tie up. Bektic looking for another takedown against the fence and Ige defending with a flurry of elbows. Bektic still has the single leg as the first two minutes of the round are gone. The referee separates the fighters which is kind of surprising with both guys working. Ige with a right hand, and another. Ige lands a hard right hand and a stiff jab. They trade punches with Bektic seeming to get the better of that exchange. Ige with a right hand and a hard kick to the body. Bektic shoots a single and lands a takedown momentarily. Ige looking for an armbar, Bektic able to escape and end up on top. Ige sweeps and gets back to his feet, Bektic as the back. Ige created space but falls into a front headlock from Bektic, who looks to take the back. Ige has the heel of Bektic and the round ends with a battle for position.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Ige
Official result: Dan Ige def. Mirsad Bektic via split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
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