Top 10 featherweights on the fringes of contention in the Ultimate Fighting Championship will square off when Calvin Kattar faces Dan Ige in the UFC on ESPN 13 main event this Wednesday on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Kattar has rattled off 13 victories across his past 15 appearances—a run of sustained success that includes a 5-2 mark in the UFC. “The Boston Finisher” last fought at UFC 249 on May 9, when he brought down Jeremy Stephens with elbows in the second round of their featherweight showcase. Ige, meanwhile, finds himself on a six-fight winning streak. “50K” last competed at UFC on ESPN 8, where he eked out a contentious split decision over Edson Barboza on May 16.
Ahead of the high-stakes Kattar-Ige showdown, a look at a few of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
32: Years of age for Kattar, who was born on March 26, 1988 in Methuen, Massachusetts, roughly 30 miles from Fenway Park in Boston.
11: Kattar wins by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 52 percent of his professional total (21). His list of victims includes Ricardo Lamas, Chris Fishgold and Shane Burgos.
1: Submission defeat on the Kattar resume. He tapped to a rear-naked choke from James Jones at EliteXC “Primetime” on May 31, 2008. It remains the only stoppage loss of Kattar’s 25-fight career.
15: Total strikes by which Kattar has outlanded the five men he has beaten inside the Octagon. He fought to deficits against Stephens and Burgos.
3: Sub-minute finishes on the Kattar ledger. He wiped out Jonathan Bermudez with punches in 29 seconds, knocked out Kevin Roddy in 47 seconds and struck Bob Pupa into submission in 51 seconds.
28: Years of age for Ige, who was born on Aug. 6, 1991 in Haleiwa, Hawaii.
5: Submission wins to Ige’s credit. His methods of choice: three rear-naked chokes, an armbar and a kimura.
77: Seconds needed for Ige to tap Danny Henry with a rear-naked choke at UFC Fight Night 147 on March 16, 2019. It ranks as the fifth-fastest submission in the history of the UFC’s featherweight division. Ige earned a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his efforts.
9: Promotions in which Ige has competed as a mixed martial artist. He has gone 6-1 in the UFC and went 2-0 in the Legacy Fighting Championship, 1-0 in Dana White’s Contender Series, 1-0 in Titan Fighting Championship, 1-0 in Cage Fury Fighting Championships, 1-0 in Shogun Fights, 1-0 in the Resurrection Fighting Alliance, 1-0 in Star Elite Cage Fighting and 0-1 in Pancrase.
0: Stoppage losses for Ige. His only two setbacks resulted from a unanimous decision loss to Julio Arce and a split decision defeat to Taichi Nakajima.
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