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The preliminary card headliner comes in the Featherweight division, as Josh Emmett takes on Dan ‘50k’ Ige. Coming into this fight on a three-fight win streak, Josh Emmett is nearing contender status. Unfortunately, Emmett’s progress has been slowed down by a litany of injuries, which has seen him only fight only four times since February of 2018. Meanwhile, Ige will look to rebound after being defeated by Chan Sung Jung. A fight that saw Jung use his wrestling, something in which I haven’t seen since he defeated Dustin Poirier in 2012. Prior to the defeat, Ige had won seven of his last eight fights.
This could very well be your ‘Fight of the Night’, as both men are known to entertain when they step inside the octagon. Josh Emmett is primarily a striker who possesses legitimate power. Recording at least one knockdown in the last six fights, and a total of ten in that span, Emmett has a claim to being the heaviest handed fighter in the Featherweight division. Dan Ige though is extremely durable, having never been stopped in nineteen professional fights. Fairly well rounded, Ige is a hard-nosed striker and one who isn’t shy to attempt several takedowns to get the fight to the mat. Sporting a 25% takedown accuracy, it’s not too often he succeeds in such. In fact, in Ige’s last six fights, he landed only three of the twenty three takedown attempts.
As for a prediction, I have Emmett. While Ige is extremely tough and has shown the ability to compete with some elite strikers, the power of Emmett is going to be a game changer. Even with excellent durability, Ige is going to do his best to avoid brawling with Emmett. Another reason why I like Emmett is that with the exception of one fight, where he was taken down eight times, he’s been only taken down once in his eight other fights inside the octagon. So with that said, in a fun fight, I predict that Emmett will land the more convincing shots and earn himself a decision nod.