MMA Junkie analyst Dan Tom breaks down the UFC’s prime bouts. As we speak, we have a look at the primary occasion for UFC on ESPN 13.

UFC on ESPN 13 takes place Saturday at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The occasion airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+.

Calvin Kattar (21-Four MMA, 5-2 UFC)

Staple information:

  • Top: 5’11” Age: 32 Weight: 145 lbs. Attain: 72″
  • Final battle: Knockout win over Jeremy Stephens(Could 9, 2020)
  • Camp: New England Cartel (Massachussetts)
  • Stance/hanging type: Orthodox/kickboxing
  • Threat administration: Good

Supplemental information:

+ Regional MMA titles
+ Wrestling base
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt
+ 11 KO victories
+ 2 submission wins
+ 10 first-round finishes
+ KO Energy
+ Good feints and footwork
+ Correct shot choice
^ Works nicely off of left hand
+ Strong wrestling means
^ Defensively and offensively
+ Exhibits serviceable grappling
^ Positional consciousness and fundamentals

Dan Ige (14-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC)

Staple information:

  • Top: 5’7″ Age: 28 Weight: 145 lbs. Attain: 71″
  • Final battle: Determination win over Edson Barboza(Could 16, 2020)
  • Camp: Xtreme Couture (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Stance/hanging type: Orthodox/kickboxing
  • Threat administration: Good

Supplemental information:

+ Regional MMA titles
+ Wrestling base
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
+ Judo brown belt
+ three KO victories
+ 5 submission wins
+ 5 first-round finishes
+ Aggressive tempo and stress
+ Strong feints and footwork
+ Improved boxing means
^ Variates nicely to the physique
+ Robust contained in the clinch
+ Scrambles and wrestles nicely
^ Works greatest from prime place

Focal point: Physique blows and bodybags

The principle occasion for UFC on ESPN 13 encompasses a enjoyable featherweight battle between two males who quietly go to the physique in attempting to take out their opposition.

An aggressive, ahead fighter, Dan Ige embodies lots of the hallmarks of a Hawaiian fighter.

Usually the shorter man, Ige does nicely when using feints to assist freeze up his opposition. In current fights, Ige has executed even higher when pairing stated fakes to his footwork, taking extra advantageous angles to his method.

Demonstrating a steadily enhancing boxing sport, Ige can enter house with both hand, usually slipping off of jabs whereas doing so. As soon as working his manner contained in the pocket, the 28-year-old expertise stays poised as he appears to be like to both change ranges to the physique or come up excessive along with his patent heavy hooks.

Ige can be good about mixing in uppercuts into his repertoire, whether or not he’s launching them from the clinch with a collar tie connected or utilizing them in shut whereas coming off an angle. And although his uppercuts and bodywork will doubtless serve him nicely in opposition to a fighter who has a propensity to shell, Ige’s stylings arguably open him as much as related weapons.

Enter Calvin Kattar.

Quietly crafting his instruments out and in the regional scene for roughly a decade, Kattar steps in with some essentially sound hanging and well-earned hype. Whether or not he’s coming ahead or sticking and shifting, Kattar does an important job of maintaining his ft beneath him, often shifting stances when he finds his groove.

Usually working behind a excessive guard, Kattar maintains strong shoulder and head place, defending his chin from the vast majority of laborious punches that come his manner. Kattar, who trains with lots of professional boxers, additionally does nicely at diversifying his shot choice from a boxing perspective.

From slipping offline to altering his stage, he affords choices to each the physique and the top. Wielding a stinging jab (each defensively and offensively), Kattar will both use it to disrupt his opponent’s hanging rhythms or permit it to assist arrange punishing hooks and crosses as soon as establishing his vary.

Though there’ll solely be an inch distinction in attain on paper, Kattar would be the taller and longer occasion, as I see jabs layered with uppercut threats being among the extra dependable weapons for him on this battle. The New England native has additionally proven an improved protection and consciousness to leg kicks in his final outing, however his borderline boxing-centric guard and stance can nonetheless supply targets of the level-changing selection.

Subsequent focal point: Shutting down the scrambling: