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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 16: (L-R) Calvin Kattar punches Dan Ige in their featherweight battle throughout the UFC Battle Night event inside Flash Online Forum on UFC Battle Island on July 16, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Image by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC by means of Getty Images)
See responses to Calvin Kattar defeating Dan Ige at UFC Battle Island 1
The main event of UFC Fight Island 1 saw Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige — both ranked featherweight who feel overlooked, and yet embrace the underdog role — looking to make statements and break into the title discussion. And perhaps Kattar has now done that with his unanimous decision victory over Ige.
Kattar came into this bout off a highlight second-round finish of Jeremy Stephens at UFC 249; it was his fifth win in seven UFC bouts. Kattar started his time in the UFC with wins over Andre Fili and Shane Burgos before losing to Renato Moicano. He then defeated Chris Fishgold and Ricardo Lamas before losing to Zabit Magomedsharipov.
Ige broke into the UFC with a submission of Luis Gomez on Dana White’s Contender Series. While he dropped his UFC debut to Julio Arce at UFC 220, Ige entered tonight on a six-fight win streak, though his most recent fight prior to tonight, coming against Edson Barboza on the May 16 UFC Jacksonville card, saw Ige win via a controversial split decision.
Reactions to Calvin Kattar getting nod over Dan Ige at UFC Fight Island 1
The fight was a close one for most of the rounds, as each man tried to outstrike and outwork one another. Kattar was led to victory by several strong finishes to the rounds, as well as stopping every takedown attempt Ige threw at him.
See how Twitter reacted to Kattar win:
Good fight, it was like a chess match just like Volkanovski vs Holloway fights. A little bit slow, but Kattar looked dominant.
— UFC Opinion (@OpinionUFC) July 16, 2020
Feel bad for Dan Ige, he’s all class. He simply got Calvin at a hard time, Calvin’s a male on an objective today.
— Vithy #Gamebred( @Soll_______) July 16, 2020
Regard to Ige, hard as nails- a lot more talented too than I understood. Made it a competitive battle
— J.K (@KongyeMMA) July 16, 2020
That was all around 10 x much better than ufc 251
— Arodx34 x (@its_ya_boi_arod )July 16, 2020
What a battle, Ige has actually shown how hard he truly is
— ° (@felipekslajkkk) July 16, 2020
Not gon na lie I feel bad for Ige, he over extended himself too early and I believe he understood he had actually scuffed it energy smart
— _ smurph _ (@theofficial_No7) July 16, 2020
really stylish. He spells big problem for the leading 5 in the division.
— Michael (@twoskompany) July 16, 2020
Alright let’s get Burgos vs Ige next, And Kattar vs the winner of Zombie and Ortega
— Dankmaru (@boogeydownbrown) July 16, 2020
Kattar vs zabit 5 rounds next
— Rhett Healey (@HealeyRhett) July 16, 2020
— Coach McGuirk (@mcguirk_coach) July 16, 2020
Excellent battle! These artists put everything out there in the octagon.
— NorthStarKitten (@NorthKitten) July 16, 2020
With this triumph, Kattar definitely will discover himself in the leading 5 of the featherweight rankings next week, and he might possibly be one battle far from discovering himself difficult champ Alexander Volkanovski.
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