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UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige Main Event Odds and Picks

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UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige Main Event Odds and Picks
Calvin Kattar celebrates his win by TKO against Shane Burgos. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFP

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has a jam-packed schedule and this Wednesday we are getting what should be an entertaining fight between Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige. Here’s a complete preview, including updated odds and our betting pick.

Calvin Kattar vs. Dan Ige

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – 11:05 PM EDT

Opening line: Calvin Kattar -290 at 5Dimes

In the main event of the evening, Calvin Kattar faces Dan Ige. UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige takes place at the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. There will not be fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With plenty of betting lines and markets currently available, let’s attempt to find some value for our UFC picks on Wednesday’s main event.

Calvin Kattar celebrates his win by TKO against Shane Burgos. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFP

Calvin Kattar

Introduction, Background & UFC Career

Calvin Kattar wrestled in high school and was intrigued by MMA after watching the first fight of his sister’s best friend. Regional promoter Dave George got him on a local circuit card in Derry, New Hampshire and he never looked back.

For years, Kattar sold out fights at Rockingham Park. He eventually bought Combat Zone MMA, the longest-running MMA event promoter in New England, and focused more on promoting than fighting. Yet he never lost the desire to get back in the cage.

“The Boston Fighter” was on the UFC’s radar and they asked him if he wanted to be part of UFC 214. Calvin Kattar agreed and he shocked the world by winning his debut with the promotion on July 29th, 2017 against Andre Fili via unanimous decision.

Kattar is 5-2 in the UFC with TKO wins against Shane Burgos, Chris Fishgold and Ricardo Lamas. In his last fight he knocked out Jeremy Stephens in the second round at UFC 249 on May 9th.

Born: March 26th, 1988

Age: 32

Country: United States

Height: 5’11″

Weight: 145 lbs

Reach: 72″

Stance: Orthodox

Association: Carlos Neto BJJ / Team Sityidtong

Class: Featherweight

Record: 21-4

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
11 wins by KO/TKO5.29 Landed28% Accuracy
2 wins by Submission6.46 Absorbed77% Defended
8 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • High-level striker
  • Well-rounded athlete
  • Battle-tested

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Susceptibility to leg kicks

Dan Ige celebrates after defeating Mike Santiago. Dylan Buell/Getty Images/AFP

Dan Ige

Introduction, Background & UFC Career

A Honolulu, Hawaii native, Dan Ige started his amateur career in 2012 and went 4-1 before going pro. He then competed for various regional promotions from 2014 to 2017. Ige and his longtime girlfriend relocated to Las Vegas in 2016 with only $27 to their name.

Dan Ige submitted Luis Gomez in the third round at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on July 25th, 2017 and then lost a unanimous decision against Julio Arce at UFC 220 on January 20th, 2018.

Ige hasn’t lost since. He has six straight victories, improving his MMA record to 14-2. Ige’s last fight was against Edson Barboza at UFC on ESPN 8 on May 16th and he won by split decision.

Born: August 6th, 1991

Age: 28

Country: United States

Height: 5’7″

Weight: 145 lbs

Reach: 71″

Stance: Orthodox

Association: Xtreme Couture

Class: Featherweight

Record: 14-2

Stats

Method of VictorySignificant StrikesTakedowns
3 wins by KO/TKO4.12 Landed34% Accuracy
5 wins by Submission3.13 Absorbed61% Defended
6 wins by Decision

Octagon Strengths

  • Excellent wrestler
  • Is evolving as a striker
  • Highly motivated after winning six straight fights

Octagon Weaknesses

  • Hasn’t faced tough competition

Prediction

The winner of this fight could make it one step closer to a coveted title shot. Kattar hasn’t had a submission since World Championship Fighting 7 on June 27th, 2009. This tells us what his fight plan will be. Kattar’s path to victory involves his elite striking and his wrestling defense will be enough to neutralize what Ige can do.

Ige will try to wrestle his way into victory but he should not rely on reaching the scorecards. Kattar has been susceptible to leg kicks and that’s what Ige should focus on but it’s easier said than done. While Ige has been unstoppable, he’s never faced anyone like Kattar.

UFC Picks:

  • Kattar wins by 5 round decision +190 at 5Dimes
  • Kattar-Ige goes 5 round distance +100 at 5Dimes