UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad- Dan Ige vs Gavin Tucker: Prediction and Analysis

Published 03/11/2021, 11:22 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 14: Dan Ige poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 14, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC featherweights Dan Ige and Gavin Tucker will meet in the middle at UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad. Chiefly, Tucker stepped in to face Ige in place of Ryan Hall, who was removed after sustaining an injury. Gavin Tucker will now be looking to maximize his main card booking against a fighter who has been a ‘main event fighter’.

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The featherweight title will be contested at UFC 260 as Alexander Volkanovski aims to defend his belt. The division is rather top-heavy when it comes to contenders and is in need of high-level newcomers. Chiefly, Ige and Tucker both fit that bill in their own way and they’ll be looking to cash in big on Saturday.

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UFC featherweight: Dan Ige vs Gavin Tucker

‘50K Ige’ is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Calvin Kattar in his last contest that that took place back in July. The bout was his biggest opportunity to date and came due to a powerful six-fight win streak he put together. Moreover, he played spoilt sport to Edson Barboza for his featherweight debut and etched a huge name on his resume.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 16: (L-R) Dan Ige punches Calvin Kattar in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 16, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Dan Ige is excellent at the fundamentals of striking, and he’s able to box in opponents despite any size discrepancy. This will be especially helpful against someone who likes to fight at range and create distance with each strike. Ige is no slouch when it comes to stuffing any take-down attempts, and he’ll be keen to play out his strategy.

Gavin ‘Guv’Nor’ Tucker: Can he show up on the big stage?

Gavin Tucker is on a three-fight win streak and he beat Billy Quarantillo in his last outing at UFC 256. Prior to that, he etched two straight RNC submission wins, showcasing that he’s truly a threat on the mat. However, as mentioned before, getting Ige down to the canvas is no mean feat and will require an output of its own.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: (R-L) Gavin Tucker of Canada punches Billy Quarantillo in their featherweight bout during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Moreover, he’ll need to be wary of explosive strikes like incoming knees if he looks to drive in from far range. Dan Ige is a cerebral fighter with durability to him that’s held him in good stead thus far in his career. The bout certainly has Fight of the Night written all over it and fans will be looking to see if a clear-cut contender emerges.

Prediction: Dan Ige to claim a unanimous decision victory

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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