Dan Ige has proposed an attention-grabbing sport plan for Alexander Volkanovski forward of the featherweight champion’s bid to say the light-weight title at UFC 284.
At the moment the UFC’s #13-ranked featherweight contender, Ige is on essentially the most troublesome run of his profession after shedding three-straight fights. The 31-year-old went on a six-fight profitable streak after dropping his UFC debut in 2018 however has gone 1-4 general courting again to July of 2020.
If there’s any silver lining to his present run, it’s that Ige has solely been taking over one of the best fighters that the UFC’s featherweight division has to supply. His final three opponents embody former title challenger Chan Sung Jung and the undefeated Movsar Evloev, in addition to #5-ranked Josh Emmett.
Emmett is now set to battle for the featherweight division’s interim title towards Yair Rodriguez within the co-main occasion of UFC 284. The necessity for an interim belt happened as a result of established champion Volkanovski difficult Islam Makhachev for the light-weight title, which is able to function the primary occasion of the identical card.
Each high featherweight has been gunning for a battle with Volkanovski since he turned champion in 2019, and meaning contenders like Ige are in a singular place to touch upon the Australian’s probabilities to turn into a two-division champion when he takes on Makhachev.
Dan Ige: “He’s Simply Gonna Have To Be Artful”
Ige not too long ago spoke to The Schmo and was requested what Volkanovski would wish to do to win at UFC 284, which prompted “50K” to counsel an unorthodox method along with casting doubts on the 34-year-old’s probabilities.
“I don’t know, it’s gonna be a troublesome battle for Volk,” Ige answered “He doesn’t wanna – I can’t say don’t have interaction as a result of it’s a must to have interaction to win fights, and he’s simply gonna should be artful. He’s gonna have to combine it up and know the right way to level battle and never have interaction. That’s kinda the one method to beat this man. I don’t know, until he catches him with a fortunate punch. However I don’t even wanna name it a fortunate punch. Except he catches him clear, however that’s onerous to do.”
Each Volkanovski and Makhachev have solely tasted defeat as soon as of their respective careers, and “The Nice” is undefeated since being stopped in his fourth professional battle again in 2013. Makhachev’s lone setback got here by the hands of Adriano Martins in his second UFC bout, however since then the 31-year-old has gained eleven-straight fights and completed his final 5 opponents.
Whatever the outcomes of the primary and co-main occasions at UFC 284, Ige might want to finish his three-fight shedding skid if he needs to get again into the featherweight title image. The 31-year-old is about to compete within the co-main occasion of UFC Vegas 67 tonight towards Damon Jackson, who will enter the matchup on a powerful four-fight profitable streak.
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