Dan Ige was clearly aware he wasn’t being paid by the minute, as he took less than sixty seconds to finish off Mike Santiago at UFC 225.
UFC 225 Kicked off Saturday night from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. A stacked card from top to bottom, it was a night full of stars. The opening fight on the UFC Fight Pass Preliminary card featured Mike Santiago and Dan Ige meeting for a scheduled three rounds in the featherweight division.
Ige was heading into the bout off a loss to Julio Arce back at UFC 220 in January, a loss that snapped a six fight win streak for the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender’s Series veteran. Mike Santiago, meanwhile, had lost two straight in the UFC. Though he did have vastly more in the experience department than Ige.
As for those scheduled three rounds? In the end, it didn’t even take one. Or a full minute.
The two met in the center off the opening bell; Ige rushed in with a flurry and took Santiago down, quickly transitioned to Santiago’s back and started raining down an onslaught of punches. Santiago covered up but the Ref has seen enough, and called a stop to the fight. That secured the win for Ige in all of fifty seconds.
Dan Ige def. Mike Santiago by TKO, Round 1, 0:50