UFC 247 - Controversial decision in championship main event, Title fight ends in brutal knockout
- This main event will be talked about for a very long time!
#2 Mirsad Bektic vs. Dan Ige (Featherweight)
Dan Ige was on a four-fight win streak, having won his last fight via unanimous decision against Kevin Aguilar. Mirsad Bektic was coming off a TKO loss against Josh Emmett, which happened in July 2019.
Round 1: The high-stakes Featherweight showdown kicked off with both men reading each other's early movements. Ige landed a big left hook. Bektic looked more light and jumpy on his feet, however, Ige clinched and got Bektic down to the mat for a few seconds.
Back on the feet, Ige pressed forward and landed a kick to the thigh. Ige landed a left as Becktic came in. He followed it up with an extensive combination as Bektic moved backwards. Ige came in again with two jabs and a straight left to the body. Ige landed a huge body punch as he broke away from the clinch. Becktic went for a short punch but Ige ducked.
Ige landed with a spinning kick to the body. Bektic went for a spinning elbow himself but missed and Ige got his back. The round, however, came to an end.
Round 2: Bektic gets in a left. Ige fired back with a combination. Bektic shot for the double leg takedown but Ige stuffed it.
Ige got Bektic's head for a Guiltonie but he went down on his back and Bektic took side control. He attempted to pass into half guard but Ige got up to his feet. They got back down again and Ige attempted to put Bektic in a Banana Split submission. Inventive.
Ige was on his back again as Bektic passed from half guard to mount and locked in the head and arm choke. He squeezed hard as Ige looked to be in a considerable amount of trouble. Bektic used his shoulder to cut off the oxygen but he let go of the choke. Ige looked for a kimura at the dying stages of the round but he lost it and settled for the guard.
Round 3: Ige pushed in for a right-hand body shot. He landed a quick-fire straight right. They exchanged shots in the pocket. Bektic changed levels and tried to get the single leg takedown. Ige's defence held up as he had his back against the cage.
Mirsad was relentless though as he worked hard towards securing the takedown. The referee separated them, which was odd. Ige landed a clean right on the break. He went for another right punch that hit Bektic's guard. Ige continued to clip Mirsad with right-hand shots.
Mirsad got Ige on his knees and tried to wrestle him to the mat, however, Ige swept. Mirsad tried to maintain the control and briefly flattened Ige on the mat. Another sweep and Bektic now had Ige's back. The round ended with Bektic attempting a leg lock.
Result: Dan Ige def Mirsad Bektic via split decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28
It was a very close fight that could have gone either way on the scorecards. In the end, Ige got the nod as he had the bigger moments on the feet and held his ground in the wrestling exchanges.
Published 09 Feb 2020, 12:25 IST