A featherweight match-up that could produce some serious fireworks had been booked for the UFC’s first card in June.
On Tuesday, Dan Ige confirmed an initial report by ESPN that he was set to take on Movsar Evloev at a UFC Fight Night event on June 4, 2022. The fight sees the #9 and #13 fighters in the division collide, and looks to be the biggest test of Evloev’s career to date.
Hawaii’s Ige (15-5) will be looking to snap a two-fight skid in the match-up, that ended his 2021 on a sour note. “Dynamite” started the year strong with a 22-second KO of Gavin Tucker, with Ige very much living up to his nickname. However, subsequent parings with The Korean Zombie and Josh Emmett did not go his way. Both fights went the distance, and both saw Ige on the losing side of a unanimous decision.
From 2018 to 2020, Ige had an inspirational run through the division, going 6-0 against fighters like Mirsad Bektic and Edson Barboza.
Russian Movsar Evloev (15-0), a former M-1 champ, remains an undefeated force to be reckoned with in the featherweight division. He’s won his first five fights inside the octagon, with all five going the distance. Most recently, he got the better of Canadian Hakweem Dawodu at UFC 263.
Only one other fight has been reported for the UFC’s June 6, 2022 card thus far: a women’s flyweight match-up between Poliana Botelho and Karine Silva. No venue, location, or broadcast plan has been revealed for the event.