In the main event, Calvin Kattar (22-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) took on Dan Ige (14-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in a featherweight matchup. In the co-feature, Ryan Benoit (10-7 MMA, 3-5 UFC) met former flyweight title challenger Tim Elliott (16-11-1 MMA, 5-9 UFC).
Calvin Kattar picked up a unanimous-decision victory over Dan Ige on Wednesday to close out the second event from the Flash Forum at UFC’s Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
- Calvin Kattar def. Dan Ige via unanimous decision (49-46 x2, 48-47)
- Tim Elliott def. Ryan Benoit via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
- Jimmie Rivera def. Cody Stamann via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
- Taila Santos def. Molly McCann via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
- Mounir Lazzez def. Abdul Razak Alhassan via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
- Khamzat Chimaev def. John Phillips via submission (D’Arce choke) at 1:12 of Round 2
- Lerone Murphy def. Ricardo Ramos via TKO at 4:18 of Round 1
- Modestas Bukauskas def. Andreas Michailidis via TKO at 5:00 of Round 1
- Jared Gordon def. Chris Fishgold via unanimous decision (30-26 x3)
- Liana Jojua def. Diana Belbita via submission (armbar) at 2:23 of Round 1
- Jack Shore def. Aaron Phillips via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:29 of Round 2
Kattar Def Ige via unanimous decision
Kattar got off to a strong start from the outset, making Ige feel his power and stuffing an early takedown attempt to control the fight in Round 1. He made a strong closing statement in the frame with a flurry that included a flying knee and ripping uppercuts.
Business picked up in the second round with both fighters opening up their arsenals. Ige had more success in closing the distance and firing off combinations on the inside, but Kattar still caught him coming in several times, setting up a difficult round to score.
However, when the fight gave way to the main event rounds, Ige’s volume saw a sharp decline, and Kattar continued to tag him with counters wherever possible. The gulf between the two became more clear, and Ige’s need for something drastic became greater.
Kattar put the finishing touches on a strong performance, raining down strikes on Ige in a last-ditch attempt to earn the finish.
There weren’t any finishes to be seen on the main card of the second Fight Island offering. Every main card bout went to decision, with most providing some good exchanges and talent on display.
Tim Elliott def. Ryan Benoit:
The co-main event between Tim Elliott and Ryan Benoit was a classic example of volume vs. power, and the result was a fun fight. In this case, it was the volume fighter, Elliott, who had his hand raised by virtue of all three judges’ scorecards.
The win snaps a three-fight losing streak for Elliott, including a submission loss to Brandon Royval in his last fight. His last win came in December 2017 against Mark De La Rosa, so this was a must-win for him, and he came through.
Jimmie Rivera def. Cody Stamann :
Stamann was hoping to make a quick turnaround just a little over a month removed from a unanimous-decision win over Brian Kelleher, but veteran Jimmie Rivera turned out to be too much, too soon for the 30-year-old.
Rivera utilized his striking prowess to neutralize Stamann’s offense and convince the judges he was the winner.
The result is a bit of a momentum killer for Stamann. He looked sharp in his win over Kelleher and had hopes of moving up the rankings, but he ran into someone who has just been fighting against the top tier of the division for longer.
Rivera came into the bout 1-3 in his last four fights, but those losses were to Marlon Moraes, Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan. This win might not get him right back in that picture, but it is a reminder he is better than most in the bantamweight division.
Taila Santos def. Molly McCann
Taila Santos had to wait for more than a year to make up for her split-decision loss in her UFC debut. She easily made up for the lost time in picking up a unanimous-decision victory over “Meatball” Molly McCann in flyweight action.
The Brazilian was aggressive and utilized her ground skills to build a convincing lead on the scorecards. She held dominant positions on the ground and utilized her abilities in the clinch to get the fight where she wanted it.
McCann saw a three-fight win streak come to an end. She is now 3-2 in five UFC appearances.
Mounir Lazzez def. Abdul Razak Alhassan
Abdul Razak Alhassan and Mounir Lazzez made it worth everyone’s time who tuned in to the midweek main card. Both have a penchant for first-round knockouts, but both took what their opponent had to offer and just kept coming.
Lazzez, who was making his UFC debut, was considered the underdog based on his lack of experience in the Octagon and Alhassan’s three straight first-round knockouts. However, he weathered an early storm that looked like it could be the end to return fire of his own in the second round.
It was a tremendous fight to kick off the card and an inspired performance from Lazzez. He came into the bout as a relative unknown but likely put his fellow welterweight prospects on notice with his well-rounded performance.
Khamzat Chimaev def John Phillips
Philips threw some combinations while Khamzat dominated most of the match hitting punches, elbows , high kicks. Wherever Phillips when, he was met with Khamzat’s aggression. Eventually Chimaev pulled Phillips from the fence and grabed hold of a D’Arce choke. Moments later, Phillips taped. What. A. Debut.
Lerone Murphy def. Ricardo Ramos via TKO
Both fighters went fully into the fight, had to be separated by the referee several moments. Eventually, the referee called it off in the favour of Murphy via TKO.
Modestas Bukauskas def. Andreas Michailidis via TKO.
The match started of high octane and ended when Bukauskas landed several Travis Browne elbows and Andreas could not get up thus handing the victory to Modestas.
Jared Gordon def. Chris Fishgold via unanimous decision
In a cat and mouse episode where at several occasions, Fishgold seemed to be escaping his opponent and this worked till the last round where Gordon got into a frenzy and kept hitting jabs after jabs till the round was called.
Liana Jojua def. Diana Belbita via submission (armbar)
Belbia starts the match good, causing problems from the start. On several occasions, Liana was held off against the fence till she produced and held Belbita in an arm bar and claimed her victory Vis submission.
Jack Shore def. Aaron Phillips via submission (rear-naked choke) .
Shore falling into Phillips’ guard, slides Phillips across the cage to the fence. Shore lands nice ground-and-pound. The elbows are working. Phillips rolls to escape danger but gives up his back. Shore goes for a rear-naked choke. And that ends it. That’s it. There’s the tap. Shore is two-for-two in the UFC.