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UFC on ESPN 13: Calvin Kattar outworks gritty Dan Ige

Kattar improves to 4-1-0 in his last five bouts

Calvin Kattar (22-4-0) walked out of Fight Island a convincing winner over Dan Ige (14-3-0) in the main event Wednesday night at UFC on ESPN 13.

Ige proved to be a game contender early on, nailing Kattar in the second round with a body shot and then left hand that probably broke Kattar’s nose. But for the most of the other rounds, he was left trying to counter Kattar’s volume. The final round was Kattar’s best round, dropping Ige late and finishing the round strong with ground-and-pound.

The judges scored it 49-46, 49-46, and 48-47.

The win gave Kattar his second straight victory. He is now 4-1-0 in his last five contests. Ige had a six-fight win streak snapped with the loss.

Abdul Razak Alhassan and Mounir Lazzez earned Fight of the Night, while Lerone Murphy, Khamzat Chimaev, and Modestas Bukauskas earned performances of the night. Each fighter – except Alhassan who missed weight – earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

JACK SHORE DEF. Aaron Phillips VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 2:29

LIANA JOJUA DEF. DIANA BELBITA VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 2:43

JARED GORDON DEF. CHRIS FISHGOLD VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

MODESTAS BUKAUSKAS VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 5:00

LERONE MURPHY DEF. RICARDO RAMOS VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 4:18

KHAMZAT CHIMAEV DEF. JOHN PHILLIPS VIA SUBMISSION (D’ARCE CHOKE) R2 1:12

MAIN CARD

ABDUL RAZAK ALHASSAN VS. MOUNIR LAZZEZ

WINNER: MOUNIR LAZZEZ VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ABDUL RAZAK ALHASSAN VIA TKO

Andrews: No UFC jitters for Lazzez. Excellent performance on short notice too.

MOLLY MCCANN VS. TALIA SANTOS

WINNER: TALIA SANTOS (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MOLLY MCCANN VIA UD

Andrews: Great performance by Santos, I did not see that coming. She really wanted that finish.

JIMMIE RIVERA VS. CODY STAMMAN

WINNER: JIMMIE RIVERA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JIMMIE RIVERA VIA UD 

Andrews: Another solid win for Jimmie.

TIM ELLIOTT VS. RYAN BENOIT 

WINNER: TIM ELLIOTT VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TIM ELLIOTT VIA SUBMISION

Andrews: I had a feeling Elliott would show up and confuse Benoit.

MAIN EVENT

CALVIN KATTAR VS. DAN IGE

Andrews: A good big man beats a good little man almost every time. 

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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