UFC on ESPN 13: Kattar vs Ige First Look | Odds, Betting Preview and Prediction

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UFC on ESPN 13: Kattar vs Ige First Look | Odds, Betting Preview and Prediction

The Ultimate Fighting Championships summer spectacle ‘Fight Island’ continues into the middle of the week with UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Ige. UFC Odds are now available, here’s a complete betting guide taking the first look at Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige, including updated odds and our betting prediction.

Calvin Kattar vs. Dan Ige

UFC Featherweight bout
Wednesday, 15th July live from ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi


It’s that time of the week again, where we focus on the main event of next week’s UFC headliner. As the UFC continues their stacked ‘Fight Island’ month-long celebration in Abu Dhabi, we’ll see the octagon’s most fierce throw-down on a Wednesday evening.

#10 ranked featherweight contender Dan Ige, and #6 ranked featherweight Calvin Kattar will swing it out in a battle of rankings, the winner making it one step closer to a coveted title opportunity.

Calvin Kattar (21-4-0)

Calvin Kattar – Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images/AFP

The ever-dangerous striking of Calvin Kattar has landed him one place short of the glamorous top-five ranking position in the UFC’s featherweight division.

Born and raised in Methuen, Massachusetts, Kattar’s martial arts journey began in the wrestling gym at school. After successfully obtaining an education, Kattar would later find himself chasing an MMA career for over a decade.

If you’re a fight-fan from the local area’s to the east coast, you’ll already know the name Calvin Kattar with the name he made for himself on the regional circuit. He won 16 of his first 18 fights with the likes of CES, World Championship Fighting, and American Steel. Kattar also brought his own MMA promotion when he’d given up hopes on receiving a call from the UFC. Little did he know, he was already on their speed-dial.

Kattar’s prior success earnt him a higher-level opponent than of most debuting fighters; he soon put a checkmark over some of the toughest 145lb fighters in the world.

Calvin Kattar Odds

Kattar opened as the -230 betting favorite. Public bettors have juiced the line leaving us with an undesirable betting number.

Now sitting for -290 at some of the best bookmakers – we’re faced with a price that would be entirely unethical for a profitable betting system, unless of course, you have faith that Kattar holds a 74% chance of winning the contest. Which, until the wrestling of Ige is proven worthless, is a struggle to put complete faith on.

Calvin Kattar-275
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Dan Ige (14-2-0)

Dan Ige – Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

Undefeated since his UFC debut loss to Julio Arce, Dan Ige has quickly put himself within reach of the top 10 in the UFC’s featherweight division.

A BJJ black belt with a wrestling base; Dan Ige quickly proved his doubters wrong during his first defeat when a string of six successive featherweight bouts followed.

However, the level of competition has turned up in recent contests, and Ige’s split decision victories could’ve shown a more impressive outing.

Ige’s wrestling offense is put to the test while training with the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Justin Gaethje, and top stars at Xtreme Couture’s gym in Las Vegas. More notably, Ige has involved former freestyle wrestling champion, Aaron Pico, into his training camp, maybe a hint at his gameplan for this bout.

Dan Ige Odds

The opening line for Ige of +195 shows a little disrespect. Still, with only one game plan in his back pocket that could potentially disable Kattar, It’s hard to argue against the public’s opinion on swinging the lines even further. Ige is available at +240 right now, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the line continue in that direction.

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UFC on ESPN 13: Kattar vs Ige early prediction & betting Pick

How can Kattar win the fight?

Kattar has undoubtedly faced the more superior opposition to his counterpart, and with that experience advantage, I don’t envision another tight split decision contest in favor of Ige.

At boxing range, I dare you to find a striker with a more groomed offense than a display Kattar can put on. The memorable fight between himself and Zabit Magomedsharipov, in my opinion, was a battle between the two highest level strikers in the featherweight division.

So long as Kattar doesn’t get clipped, he should dominate the striking game and have enough wrestling defense to fend of the shots Ige might roll put on him.

How can Ige win the fight?

I would assume Ige will be more comfortable wrestling his way into victory, but against such a well-rounded athlete in Calvin Kattar, which is fine, but Ige shouldn’t rely on scraping passed a judges scorecard this time around.

Kattar has shown susceptibility to leg kicks, which funnily enough has been an evolving part of Dan Ige’s offensive striking resume. Ultimately, I believe a grappling blueprint will be objective for Ige in this contest.

It’s interesting to note, if Ige wins, it’ll be the third consecutive time that he’s cashed as the underdog.

Who will win the fight?

There are a few variables that do put a question mark above the ever-rising price on Calvin Kattar, but he should be the deserving favorite UFC pick based on skill-set alone. His striking offense is far superior to Ige, and his wrestling background could be enough to shut down Ige’s grappling offense completely.

My first thought’s lean with Calvin Kattar, and in due course, the line may become more valuable to my betting card, but as of now, don’t get reckless with the available price.

UFC Betting Pick:

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