Recently, UFC featherweight, Dan Ige (12-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) sat down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto to discuss his upcoming fight at UFC 247 against Mirsad Bektic (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and how he’d like to see his future play out in the sport.
“Honestly, (he) wasnt a guy that I had in mind when I was visualizing who I would be fighting next. But when they offered Bektic, that got me really excited,” said Ige, when asked about his thoughts about being offered his next opponent.
Ige has put together four consecutive wins in the UFC’s featherweight division. Most recently, he recieved a unanimous decision victory against Kevin Aguilar (17-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC).
Bektic is coming off of his second career loss, which he recieved in July against Josh Emmett (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC). He has shown flashes of greatness in the past and looks to get back in the winners cirlce at UFC 247.
During the sit down with ESPN, Ige also addressed his concern about flying under the radar and misconceptions about him being a manager and a fighter.
“Its not a bad thing (flying under the UFC’s radar). I think its time people tune into Dan Ige and see what im about. Im not just a manager, im a badass fighter as well. I wanna show the world that I have a championship mentality and I can do it (win the featherweight title.),” he said.
Ige looks to get into title contention by the end of 2020 by fighting three times and bringing his winning streak to seven.
“I personally see myself fighting three times this year. I wanna get a seven fight winning streak. That’s been a big goal of mine and (to) knock on the title challenging door myself. I’ve always kinda pictured myself fighting that guy. (Alex Volkanovski (21-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC),” he said.
During the interview, Okomoto asked Dan if he knew the combined record of the opponents he’s faced in the UFC.
There has been no shortage of tough competition for Ige during his short UFC career. Out of five UFC bouts, all five of his opponents were former champions in other organizations.
The combined record of his past opponents is (80-21).
Tune in to UFC 247 to see this very exciting match up between two highly talented UFC featherweight prospects.