The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, June 10, 2023, for UFC 289, going down live from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Headlining the event is a title bout between longtime UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (22-5) and no. 5 ranked Irene Aldana (14-6).
Co-headlining the event is an epic lightweight contest between no. 1 ranked former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira (33-9, 1 NC) and no. 4 ranked Beneil Dariush (22-4-1).
Our second bout going down on the main card tonight came at 145 lbs between Dan Ige (16-6) and Nate Landwehr (17-4).
Following a six-fight win streak from 2018 to 2020, Ige has since gone 2-4, most recently KO’ing Damon Jackson in January, a fight he went into on a three-fight skid. Landwehr on the other hand came into tonight’s contest on a three-fight win streak where he picked up just the first and second submission victories of his career.
Continue reading to see how this featherweight contest went down:
Official Result: Dan Ige def. Nate Landwehr via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Round one was quite even between these two, each man doing a good job of nullifying the other, right up until Ige drops Landwehr in the final seconds of the opening stretch with a heavy punch.
Ige is a little more active in round two, as he begins to land that left hand of his seemingly at will. He drops Landwehr at the end of the round, stunning him badly, but is unable to secure the finish and we see a third round.
Landwehr continues to eat Ige’s shots, but is also landing some good strikes of his own including knees to the body every time the two clinch.
Following a three-fight skid from 2021 to 2022, Dan Ige has now won his last two-straight with this victory at UFC 289; Landwehr was on a three-fight win streak, and Damon Jackson, who Ige KO’d in January, was 5-1 since returning to the UFC going into their fight.
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