Final Preventing Championship (UFC) is only a few hours away from kicking off its UFC on ESPN 13 blended martial arts (MMA) occasion, topped by a featherweight headliner between High 10-ranked contenders Calvin Kattar (No. 6) and Dan Ige (No. 10). The motion will get underway TONIGHT (Weds., July 15, 2020) on Battle Island (Yas Island) in Abu Dhabi. Along with what could possibly be a possible title eliminator between “The Boston Finisher” and “50okay,” former 125-pound title contender Tim Elliott collides with the hot-and-cold Ryan Benoit in a battle for flyweight supremacy.

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145 lbs.: Calvin Kattar vs. Dan Ige

Calvin “The Boston Finisher” Kattar

Report: 21-4 | Age: 32 | Betting line: -290
Wins: 11 KO/TKO, 2 SUB, eight DEC | Losses: zero KO/TKO, 1 SUB, three DEC
Top: 5’11“ | Attain: 72” | Stance: Orthodox
Hanging accuracy: 379 of 909 (42%) | Takedown makes an attempt: 2 of seven (29%)
Present Rating: No. 6 | Final combat: Knockout win over Jeremy Stephens

Dan “50okay” Ige

Report: 14-2 | Age: 28 | Betting line: +245
Wins: three KO/TKO, 5 SUB, 6 DEC | Losses: zero KO/TKO, zero SUB, 2 DEC
Top: 5’7“ | Attain: 71” | Stance: Orthodox
Hanging accuracy: 319 of 641 (50%) | Takedown makes an attempt: 9 of 32 (28%)
Present Rating: No. 10 | Final combat: Cut up-decision win over Edson Barboza

This has been an odd and considerably stunning few months for UFC featherweight contenders Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige. After we kicked off 2020 with UFC 246 again in January, Kattar wasn’t even ranked within the High 10 and Ige didn’t make the charts altogether. Quick-forward to July and “The Boston Finisher” is sitting fairly at No. 6, whereas “50Ok” managed to crack the High 10, because of the regular slide of Jose Aldo, who has since transitioned to the bantamweight division. I wasn’t certain Kattar was going to evolve into something greater than a “powerful out” following his determination loss to Zabit Magomedsharipov, then he got here again and flat-out killed Jeremy Stephens at UFC 249. Kattar could not have a whole lot of instruments, not less than by way of MMA, however the few instruments he does have are sharp sufficient to slice by way of nearly anybody at 145 kilos, Ige included.

That’s to not counsel the Hawaiian hasn’t earned his spot. After a powerful displaying on Dana White’s “Contender Sequence,” Ige stumbled out of the gate en path to a choice loss to the hot-and-cold Julio Are, then settled down and rattled off six straight wins in a difficult weight class. For those who’re going to be vital of his rise to primary occasion standing, there isn’t a lot to nitpick, although I believe most followers would agree that Ige bought a present from the judges in his split-decision win over Edson Barboza, which got here only a few months after one other split-decision victory over the venerable Mirsad Bektic. Ige could have another win than Kattar in seven journeys to the Octagon, however with out going through an opponent at the moment ranked within the High 15, I’d argue “The Boston Finisher” has confronted a lot stiffer competitors.

My concern going into this combat is that Ige has relied totally on strain and pacing to fluster his foes, inflicting them to make errors or rush their offense. That’s unlikely to work towards a sophisticated and poised boxer like Kattar, who can flip the Octagon right into a meat grinder as soon as he finds his vary. “The Boston Finisher” could also be a goofy nickname but it surely’s frighteningly correct, as Kattar has received his final 4 bouts by means of fistic violence. Maybe if Ige was a greater wrestler or had the type of footwork to maintain himself one step out of the purple zone, this may boil all the way down to a battle of wits. As an alternative, it’s going to be “50okay” making an attempt to determine learn how to keep in his consolation zone with out getting KTFO. It would work within the first couple of rounds, however making an attempt to maintain upright throughout 25 grueling minutes towards the bludgeoning energy of Kattar is a recipe for dreamland.

Prediction: Kattar def. Ige by knockout

125 lbs.: Tim Elliott vs. Ryan Benoit

Tim Elliott

Report: 15-11-1 | Age: 33 | Betting line: -130
Wins: three KO/TKO, 6 SUB, 6 DEC | Losses: 1 KO/TKO, 5 SUB, 5 DEC
Top: 5’7“ | Attain: 66” | Stance: Southpaw
Hanging accuracy: 522 of 1122 (47%) | Takedown makes an attempt: 44 of 79 (56%)
Present Rating: No. 12 | Final combat: Submission loss to Brandon Royval

Ryan “Child Face” Benoit

Report: 10-6 | Age: 30 | Betting line: +110
Wins: eight KO/TKO, 1 SUB, 1 DEC | Losses: zero KO/TKO, 2 SUB, Four DEC
Top: 5’5“ | Attain: 68” | Stance: Orthodox
Hanging accuracy: 214 of 531 (40%) | Takedown makes an attempt: 1 of 6 (17%)
Present Rating: Unranked | Final combat: Cut up-decision loss to Heili Alateng

Former UFC flyweight title contender Tim Elliott has managed to attain himself a co-main occasion slot on one of many promotion’s ESPN playing cards, partly as a result of he’s an motion fighter however largely as a result of it’s Wednesday night time in Abu Dhabi and in the case of matchmaking, beggars can’t be choosers. Elliott is coming off three straight defeats — two of them finishes — and is now into double digits within the loss column. I believe at age 33, that is about nearly as good as we’re going to get from The Final Fighter (TUF) 24 champion, who at one level was ranked as excessive as No. eight at 125 kilos. Fortuitously for Elliott, he’s secured a winnable combat towards an opponent who’s persistently inconsistent and at the moment unranked within the flyweight division.

Ryan Benoit made his UFC debut at TUF 18 Finale again in 2013 and secured his place within the promotion by handing over a “Battle of the Night time” efficiency, adopted by a bookie-busting upset over Sergio Pettis at UFC 185. “Child Face” was unable to capitalize on the momentum and to this point, has but to win back-to-back fights for UFC after seven journeys to the Octagon. The truth is, the final time Benoit received consecutive bouts was late 2012 underneath the Legacy Preventing Championship banner in Dallas. Most likely as a result of the Texan fell in love together with his energy — adequate to attain eight knockouts in 10 wins — and didn’t develop anything, which can clarify why Benoit has been taken down a staggering 17 instances in his UFC profession. Brandon Moreno and Freddy Serrano each bought him to the ground on 5 separate events and once you have a look at the type of seasoned wrestling Elliott brings to the cage, it’s exhausting to offer Benoit something greater than a puncher’s probability.

Prediction: Elliott def. Benoit by submission

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