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UFC Fight Night 172 betting tips: Top 10 contenders Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige to battle in featherweight clash!

UFC Fight Night 172 is the second of four confirmed cards from the Flash Forum on Yas Island, known as Fight Island for this month. We look ahead at the midweek fight card that features two featherweight bouts.

UFC Fight Night 172 Main Event: Calvin Kattar (USA) vs Dan Ige (USA)

The UFC Fight Night 172 Main Event features a Featherweight contender bout between Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige. Kattar sits 6th in the rankings whilst Ige makes up the top 10 in the division.

Kattar (21-4)

The Featherweight Division belt did not pass over at the weekend with Alexander Volkanovski getting an enormous slice of fortune with the judges scoring over Max Holloway. Featherweight contender Calvin Kattar will hope a similar scenario will not prevent him from climbing the rankings once again and joining the line of potential opponents for the Australian champion. The 32-year-old appeared in the first card back since the pandemic on UFC 249 in May.

A knockout win over Jeremy Stephens in the second saw Kattar bounce back from his defeat to Zabit Magomedsharipov last year. Kattar will look to hurt Dan Ige with some similar clean stand up on the feet with his nasty elbows a threat to his latest opponent. “The Boston Finisher” has finished over half of his fights, including all of his UFC wins expect his UFC debut in 2017. Prior to that, he had a three-year layoff period between 2013 and 2016 whilst competing in regional MMA events. He is a 3/10* favourite clinch his second win this year.

Ige (14-2)

After clinching a split decision win over Edson Barboza in May, Paul Felder gave the Dan Ige the chance to call out his next opponents in the post-fight interview in Florida. Dana White listened to the Hawaii-born fighter list off Jeremy Stephens and Calvin Kattar as potential opponents next and two months later, Ige and Kattar will go face-to-face on Fight Island. That is now six consecutive wins for “50k” Ige who made his UFC debut in January 2018, and Ige is now rightly ranked as a top 10 contender.

Among the list of opponents he has now beaten includes Kevin Aguiar, Mirsad Bektic and Scotsman Danny Henry. He showed his persistence and toughness in his last bout against Barboza who could not stop a late takedown attempt in the third to give Ige an advantage in the judges scoring. The Honolulu native is a 12/5* underdog to upset the division once again and earn himself the reputation of a genuine contender.

*Odds as of the time of writing (Monday 13th July) and subject to change

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UFC Fight Night 172 Co-Main Event: Tim Elliott (USA) vs Ryan Benoit (USA)

The UFC Fight Night 172 Co-Main Event sees a Tim Elliott take on Ryan Benoit in the Flyweight Division. Elliot is 12th in the division rankings whilst his opponent Benoit does not have a ranking.

Elliott (15-11-1)

You have the respect how active experienced pro fighter Tim Elliott is. The Missouri-born has a ‘herky-jerky’ style and a decent chin which has seen him earn some decent wins both in and out of the UFC. Elliott made his UFC debut back in all the way back in 2012 against John Dodson. However, after a three-fight losing streak in the organisation, he moved back to fight in Titan FC bouts before returning to the UFC once again in 2016. He may have a lot losses on his record but he made the Ultimate Fighter 24 Finals in 2016 and lasted five rounds against Demetrious Johnson.

Since then, he has lost four of his last six bouts, including three defeats in a row from Deiveson Figueiredo, Askar Askarov, and Brandon Royval. Compared to Benoit, perhaps Elliott has better technical skills and should he avoid the heavy hands of his opponent could get back on the win streak. Of his 11 defeats in his career, he has only been TKO’d once. If he takes this co-main bout the distance at UFC Fight Night 172, expect to see him get the decision. He is a slight underdog at 5/6* with Mark Jarvis.

Benoit (10-6)

It has been an inconsistent and frustrating time in the UFC for Ryan Benoit. Having started his pro MMA back in 2009 at just 19, he is now seven years into his time with the UFC but only has nine bouts to show for it. Of those nine bouts, he has failed to put a win streak together, having a continuous patter of win-loss-win-loss. By that logic, Benoit should be excited as it should see him win this bout on UFC Fight Night 172. Perhaps this co-main event on UFC Fight Night 172 slot can give him the catalyst to become consistent in the UFC after all these years.

Injuries have plagued with the American who has admitted that it was a relief to come out of his latest bout without injury despite a loss to Heili Alateng. The need to earn a living from fighting has been a motivating factor to continue competing and putting in the work to be in the best possible shape. “Baby Face” is turning 31 this year, and it feels like this is the fight of his career to make or break a shot at competing in the UFC. Despite the injury layoffs and inconsistent form, he is a slight favourite at 19/20* against someone just as inconsistent, if not more so.

*Odds as of the time of writing (Monday 13th July) and subject to change

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Other bouts to watch out for at UFC Fight Night 172

The predecessor to the main and co-main events on this card sees Cody Stamann take on Jimmie Rivera in the Featherweight Division. Stamann only fought a month ago at the UFC APEX when he earned a decision win over Brian Kelleher on June 6th. Jimmie Rivera has not fought for over a year and has lost three of his last four fights. However, all his defeats have come against top opposition, including Aljamain Sterling and the new Bantamweight Division champion Petr Yan. He is the favourite to show his experience over the younger Stamann in Abu Dhabi.

English representation on the card and not just in commentary sees Molly McCann take on Taila Santos on the main card. The 30-year-old Liverpudlian is on a three-fight win streak, all coming by unanimous decision. Meatball Molly will look to seal another crucial victory in her journey to the top of the UFC Women’s Flyweight Division on her fifth UFC appearance. She is a very slight underdog however to overcome the force of the Brazilian fighter who has only lost one pro career fight to a split decision but has not been in action since February 2019.

If you don’t fancy staying up too late during the week, then not to worry. Two more British fighters are on the UFC Fight Night 172 card. John “The Welsh Wrecking Machine” Phillips and Jack “Tank” Shore. John Phillips takes on Khamzat Chimaev in the featured prelim whilst Shore faces Aaron Phillips.

UFC Fight Night 172 Preliminary Card

Light Heavyweight: Jorge Gonzalez vs Kenneth Bergh

Bantamweight: Jack Shore vs Aaron Phillips

Women Flyweight: Diana Belbita vs Liana Jojua

Featherweight: Jared Gordon vs Chris Fishgold

Light Heavyweight: Modestas Bukauskas vs Andreas Michailidis

Featherweight: Ricardo Ramos vs Lerone Murphy

Middleweight: John Phillips vs Khamzat Chimaev

UFC Fight Night 172 Main Card

Welterweight: Abdul Razak Alhassan vs Mounir Lazzez

Women Flyweight: Molly McCann vs Taila Santos

Featherweight: Jimmie Rivera vs Cody Stamann

Flyweight: Tim Elliott vs Ryan Benoit

Featherweight: Calvin Kattar vs Dan Ige

Sam’s UFC Fight Night 172 Betting Tips

UFC Fight Night 172 Betting-Tips

*Odds as of the time of writing (Monday 13th July) and subject to change

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