Fight Island continues tonight LIVE from the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi as the UFC brings to the world it’s second event from the United Arab Emirates. UFC Fight Island 1 is filled with tons of news leading up to tonight’s event. First, the original main event of Frankie Edgar vs. Pedro Munhoz was forced to be moved to August 15th due to Pedro Munhoz testing Positive for COVID-19. Moving forward, the main event for tonight will feature 2 featherweights ranked in the top 10, Calvin Kattar vs. Dan Ige. Both fighters made weight and are ready to go. However, a few fighters on the undercard missed weight. Abdul Razak Alhassan weighed in 3lbs over, and Chris Fishgold tipped the scales at 149lbs for his featherweight bout. Both fighters will fight, and fined 20% of their purse. Lastly, The opening bout on the prelim card was scratched after Kenneth Bergh was deemed medically unfit to compete after a rough weight cut. Now, let’s take a look at this mid-week card and offer up some predictions for tonight’s event!
Main Card (10PM, ESPN, ESPN+)
“The Boston Finisher” Calvin Kattar vs. “50K” Dan Ige
Odds: Kattar (-325) Ige (+240)
The main event features a battle of top 10 Featherweights hoping to catapult themselves into the Top 5 rankings of the division with a win. Calvin Kattar comes in as the 6th ranked featherweight. The Boston Finisher lives up to his name as he’s defeated 10 opponents via Knockout. Kattar wanted to get a top 5 fighter after defeating Jeremy Stephens in May, but he’s excited to just fight in the octagon.
“You’ve got to take souls in this game, and I have an opportunity to go out and put a stop to his (Ige) six fight winning streak.”
Dan Ige is entering this fight after a split decision victory over Edson Barboza. Dynamite Dan is ranked 10th in the division, and hoping to climb further up the ranks after a victory at Fight Island. Ige is riding a 6 fight win streak, half of which came via decision. The Judo Brown belt hopes to use his wrestling background to control the fight on the mat. If not, Kattar could issue the knockout blow if they stay upright. Classic Boxer vs. wrestler matchup!
Prediction: Kattar via KO, 2nd Round
Tim Elliott vs. “Babyface Ryan Benoit
Odds: Elliott (-140) Benoit (+112)
Tim Elliott steps into the octagon tonight on a 3 fight losing streak, yet he’s still ranked 12th in the Flyweight division. He suffered a devastating submission defeat to Brandon Royval in May. Oddly enough, after suffering his 3rd straight defeat, the UFC offered him a 4 fight contract, which he obviously accepted. Tim is hoping the new contract, and hopefully added motivation, will lift him to victory at fight island.
Ryan Benoit makes a rare appearance in the cage tonight for the UFC. Benoit has only appeared in the octagon twice in the last 3 years. After numerous injuries, he’s ready to compete and add to his 8 knockouts in the cage as a professional fighter.
“I just want to be back to being busy.”
Prediction: Elliott via Submission, 3rd Round
“El Terror” Jimmie Rivera vs. “Spartan” Cody Stamann
Odds: Rivera (-135) Stamann (+108)
Jimmie Rivera and Cody Stamann are set to do battle in the octagon with a future top 5 matchup on the table for both fighters. Jimmie Rivera is hoping to snap a 2 fight losing skid in the cage. Although he’s lost 3 of 4 fights, the competition has been top level talent. Rivera has lost unanimous decisions to current Bantamweight champion Petr Yan, and next in line, Aljamain Sterling. “El Terror” looks to get back in the win column for the first time in 2 years with a victory over Cody Stamann.
“The Spartan” is on a 2 fight win streak after a victory in the cage against Brian Kelleher. Cody might as well be labeled the Decision king. Every victory in his UFC tenure has come by way of the judge’s scorecards. The only blemish on his UFC record is a loss to Aljamain Sterling. Cody thinks he’s a well rounded fighter, unlike his opponent, and will come out victorious at Fight Island.
” I look at Jimmie like a dying breed in MMA.”
Prediction: Jimmie Rivera via Unanimous Decision
Women’s Flyweight Bout
“Meatball” Molly McCann vs. “Nao” Taila Santos
Odds: McCann (-155) Santos (+125)
Molly McCann is ready for UFC Fight Island. She has been ready since December training for fights that got moved, or cancelled by COVID. Now, the time is here to throw down in the octagon and she’s ready to go. She even had time to work on new things in the octagon.
“I’ve got a new fighting style for this fight.”
Molly has won 3 of 4 fights in the octagon with the only defeat coming in her UFC debut to Gillian Robertson. The first English woman to compete in the UFC is prepared to go to war, and wants to improve on her ranking as 15th in the division.
Taila Santos has enjoyed quite the layoff from fighting as she last competed in February, 2019. There was 3 cancelled bouts in that time period, including one due to injury. She lost to Maria Romero Borella via split decision, and has marinated on the tough loss for over a year. Santos will bring the power, as she’s KO’D 10 of her opponents. These ladies are going to throw some punches making for an entertaining fight.
Prediction: McCann via KO, 3rd Round
“Judo Thunder” Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. “The Sniper” Mounir Lazzez
Odds: Alhassan (-350) Lazzez (+260)
The news coming into this fight is the weigh in. “Judo Thunder” tipped the scales at 174lbs, which is over the required weight limit for this fight. As a result, Alhassan will be fined 20% of his purse. Moving onto the fight, Abdul brings the power. All 10 professional wins have come by way of Knockout. Judo Thunder has a 3 fight streak currently, and is 4-1 in the UFC.
Across the octagon is the first Arab based fighter to compete in the UFC. Mounir Lazzez will make his UFC debut on his homeland of United Arab Emirates. “The Sniper” comes from the Probellum MMA promotion. He’s recorded 8 wins via knockout. This fight should be a banger! Lazzez is expecting good things to happen Wednesday night on the island.
” A very nice fight. A calm, composed war.”
Prediction: Alhassan via KO, 1st Round
Prelims (7PM, ESPN, ESPN+)
“Welsh Wrecking Machine” John Phillips vs. “Borz” Khamzat Chimaev
- Odds: Chimaev (-400) Phillips (+290)
These guys are ready to throw down. Chimaev makes his UFC debut at Fight Island facing John Phillips, who has 19 wins by Knockout.
Prediction: Chimaev via Unanimous decision
“Carcacinha” Ricardo Ramos vs. “The Miracle” Lerone Murphy
- Odds: Ramos (-170) Murphy (+135)
Ramos is on fire at 5-1 in the UFC while Lerone Murphy is looking to get back to his winning ways after a decision Draw in his UFC debut.
Prediction: Ramos via Unanimous decision
Light Heavyweight Bout
Modestas Bukauskas vs. Andreas Michailidis
- Odds: Bukauskas (-170) Michailidis (+135)
A double UFC debut in this bout! Bukauskas was supposed to fight Vinicius Moreira, but tested positive for COVID-19. Modestas comes from the Cage Warriors promotion where he was the Light Heavyweight champion. He’s finished 7 opponents via knockout. Michailidis brings his talents to the UFC from Global Legion FC. He’s on a 3 fight win streak, and exhibits a well rounded arsenal. Those Lithuanians are tough, so I gotta roll with the Bukauskas!
Prediction: Bukauskas via Knockout, 1st Round
Jared “Flash” Gordon vs. Chris Fishgold
- Odds: Gordon (-155) Fishgold (+125)
Jared Gordon flew to Fight Island without a cornerman. Gordon’s team all tested positive for the coronavirus. He managed to steer clear of the virus. So, with no cornerman, Paul Felder is here to save the day. He’ll leave the announce booth for this fight to corner Gordon. Good Stuff from Philly’s own! Fishgold missed weight, and will be fined 20% of his purse.
If Paul Felder is in your corner, you have my support. Flash Gordon for the W.
Prediction: Gordon via unanimous decision
Women’s Flyweight Bout
“The Warrior Princess” Diana Belbita vs. “She Wolf” Liana Jojua
- Odds: Belbita (-200) Jojua (+160)
Both ladies made their UFC debut in 2019, but lost their fights. Who will rebound to get back in the winning column? These ladies look ready to beat the hell out of each other!
Prediction: Belbita via Split Decision
“Tank” Jack Shore vs. “The Model” Aaron Phillips
- Odds: Shore (-850) Phillips (+525)
Jack Shore enters the fight undefeated as a professional after a dominating performance in his UFC debut last September. The former Cage Warriors champion received high praise from Dana White.
“The Hottest prospect coming out of the UK!”
Aaron Phillips will have his hands full with Jack Shore. Phillips makes his return to the UFC after 6 years in hopes of earning his first win in the UFC.