UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Ige will be held at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Thursday, July 16 at 12pm AEST.
The main event is a Featherweight bout between Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige. See below for our prediction of Kattar vs Ige and our best tips.
The co-main event is a Flyweight bout featuring Tim Elliott as he fights against Ryan Benoit. Here are our best bets and predictions for UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Ige on ESPN.
Calvin Kattar vs Dan Ige Tips
Dan Ige (14-2) has put together a six-fight win streak and will look to add another W to his record.
Standing in his way is Calvin Kattar (21-4) who comes off a TKO victory over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 249.
Kattar is the short-priced favourite in the fight and you can see why when you look at recent stoppages over Stephens (TKO – elbows), Ricardo Lamas (KO – punches), Chris Fishgold (TKO – punches) and Shane Burgos (TKO – punches).
A full five rounds to work with will suit “The Boston Finisher” who will look for a 12th knockout victory in his MMA career. Ige hasn’t been stopped in 16 fights but it’s very likely he is going to be hurt at some stage by Kattar who will then be looking for a quick finish.
Ige’s last three wins have come via decision in three-round fights. Against Edson Barboza, two of the three judges scored it 29-28 in favour of Ige but most of the MMA community saw it 29-28 for Barboza.
Kattar will look to take the judges out of the equation here with a stoppage in the main event.
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs Mounir Lazzez Tips
A Welterweight clash between Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-1) against UFC newcomer Mounir Lazzez (9-1).
This bout should be entertaining with the fighters having a combined 21 fights under their belts for 19 wins and only two losses. All 10 wins by Alhassan have come via first-round knockout. Lazzez has finished eight of nine opponents via knockout too.
The odds are extremely short for one of the two men to be sleeping during this fight and with Alhassan in the Octagon, it’s more than likely going to come in the first five minutes.
“Judo Thunder” is fighting for the first time since 2018 when he knocked out Niko Price at UFC 228 in just 43 seconds. Price has since earned Performance of the Night on two occasions with a 2-2 record since his loss to Alhassan.
Happy to side with Alhassan in the fight and just in case this fight enters the second round, Alhassan to win in either Round 1 or 2.