Dan Ige
Dynamite

USA

Set to fight Gavin Tucker
FeatherweightUFC
February 22, 2021
Ige will fight Gavin Tucker in a 145-pound bout March 13, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Tucker replaces Ryan Hall, who withdrew earlier in February. Ige is looking to get back on track after losing to Calvin Kattar via unanimous decision in July, a decision that ended a six-fight win streak. Tucker enters the Octagon with a three-fight win streak of his own. The two fighters are both 5-foot-7, but Ige has an advantage with his 71-inch reach.
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Needs new opponent in March
FeatherweightUFC
February 11, 2021
Ige needs a new opponent if he's to remain on the March 13 card after Ryan Hall was forced to withdraw Thursday, Cole Shelton of BJPenn.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The reason for Hall's withdrawal is not yet clear. A replacement has yet to be found, but with more than a month remaining until the date of the fight, it should be possible for Ige to remain on the card.
Expected to fight in March
FeatherweightUFC
January 14, 2021
Ige is expected to face Ryan Hall (undisclosed) in a featherweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for March 13, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ige will attempt to return to the win column in March after dropping his most recent fight to Calvin Kattar via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi in July. The loss brought his six-fight winning streak to an end. Hall was scheduled to fight in August, but he was forced off the card due to an undisclosed injury. He most recently defeated Darren Elkins via unanimous decision at UFC Sacramento, bringing his record with the promotion to 4-0. The two fighters are even in reach, but Hall has an edge in height.
Drops first main event showcase
FeatherweightUFC
July 15, 2020
Ige lost to Calvin Kattar via unanimous decision (46-49, 46-49, 47-48) at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It was the first time in Ige's career that he saw the championship rounds, and it was noticeable. The first three rounds were very close but Ige began to fade as the fight progressed. His strikes were one-and-done in the later rounds, as opposed to the combinations he was throwing early on. Ige appeared to be loading up on every shot, and Kattar did an excellent job of countering him. The two men appeared to be about even in terms of hand speed, but Kattar clearly had the edge in the power department. Ige also failed to implement his wrestling game despite numerous tries. On the bright side, Ige can take a punch like few men on earth. He walked right through everything Kattar threw his way and kept on ticking. The loss snapped a six-fight winning streak for Ige and was his first setback since his UFC debut back in January 2018.
Set to face Calvin Kattar
FeatherweightUFC
June 15, 2020
Ige will face Calvin Kattar (undisclosed) in a featherweight matchup to headline UFC Fight Night on July 15 in Abu Dhabi, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Ige currently carries a six-fight winning streak after securing the biggest victory of his career when he defeated Edson Barboza via split decision at UFC Fight Night in Jacksonville in May. Kattar is coming off a win over Jeremy Stephens via KO (elbows) at UFC 249 in May. Although Kattar received a medical suspension for an undisclosed issue following the fight, he'll apparently be healthy enough to face Ige in July. Kattar carries advantages in both height and reach.
Earns biggest win of career
FeatherweightUFC
May 16, 2020
Ige defeated Edson Barboza via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
It's a controversial decision and one in which Ige appeared to get a break from the judges. The surging Hawaiian definitely did his fair share of damage. He displayed very quick hands and had little issue getting inside and landing combinations against the much bigger Barboza. Defensively, Ige struggled. Barboza landed plenty of his trademark leg kicks and appeared to score with the most vicious strikes of the fight. Credit Ige's chin for holding up. Barboza is a big name and this is by far the biggest victory of the 28-year-old's career. Ige has now racked up six wins in a row. He dropped his UFC debut to Julio Arce back in January 2018 and hasn't tasted defeat since.