By Bryan Peters
UFC Fight Night Kattar vs. Ige Recap
YAS ISLAND – The first fight night card on “fight island” has come to an end with the judges having a lot on their plate with every fight on the main card going to decision.
In the main event, Calvin Kattar defeated Dan Ige by Unanimous Decision in a relatively
dominant performance. It was clear that Kattar had the superior striking in the fight and was able to fend off any takedown attempts from the challenger in Ige.
Kattar ended the bout in very convincing fashion by knocking down “50 K” and reigning down some nasty ground and pound before being pulled off as the bell rang. Both fighters showed great signs of respect for each other after the fight while waiting for the inevitable reading of the scorecards making Calvin’s victory official.
Kattar needs to fight a top 5 opponent next as it is pretty clear that he is only one fight away from title contention. Maybe Holloway is next for him if Max decides to stay at Featherweight and fight his way back to the title. Either way, Kattar’s next fight should be against someone with a higher spot on the ranking than him.
Despite losing convincingly, Ige’s stock still rose in this fight. That was already his fifth fight this year, and he is still a raw fighter that is growing each time he steps into the octagon. Should he take the rest of the year off to let his body recover, we might see him have an outstanding 2021 as he continues to grow and develop his skills.
In the co-main event, Tim Elliot edged out a decision victory over Ryan Benoit in a very
entertaining and competitive 3-round fight.
Benoit appeared to land the heavier and more damaging blows, but Elliot landed in higher
volume. All three rounds were very competitive with all three judges giving the nod to Elliot in 2 of the three rounds. Another note to take away from this fight was the complexity of both of the fighter’s Jiu-Jitsu. Benoit was very close to finishing Elliot with a kneebar, and Elliot was very close to finishing Benoit with a guillotine prior to that.
In the third round, Elliot was strangely grabbing at his fingers on his left hand. It was discovered later, in the post-fight interview with Jon Anik, that he was pushing his ring finger back into place as it was seemingly dislocated. After popping back into place, he said that it no longer hurts and feels fine.
This was a very important victory for Elliot, as it ends the three-fight skid that he was on. It would be nice to see Tim Elliot vs. Raulian Paiva next as both of them are coming off of recent victories and are close to each other in the rankings.
Despite losing, Ryan Benoit should see himself in the top 15 after this fight. Elliot is going to move up from his current ranking number of 13, and Benoit was very much in the fight and had the victory on many fan’s scorecards. As a result, it only makes sense that he would be considered a top 15 contender in the Flyweight division.
UFC Fight: Night Kattar vs. Ige Official Results
Calvin Kattar (22-4) defeated Dan Ige (14-3) via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Tim Elliott (17-11-1) defeated Ryan Benoit (10-7) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jimmie Rivera (23-4) defeated Cody Stamann (19-3-1) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Taila Santos (16-1) defeated Molly McCann (10-3) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mounir Lazzez (10-1) defeated Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-2) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Khamzat Chimaev (7-0) defeated John Phillips (22-10-0-1) via submission (D’Arce choke)
Round 2, 1:12
Lerone Murphy (9-0-1) defeated Ricardo Ramos (14-3) via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:18
Modestas Bukauskas (11-2) defeated Andreas Michailidis (12-4) via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 5:00
Jared Gordon (16-4) defeated Chris Fishgold (18-4-1) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Liana Jojua (8-3) defeated Diana Belbita (13-6) via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:43
Jack Shore (13-0) defeated Aaron Phillips (12-4) via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:29