The sixteenth consecutive victory and the sixth under the auspices of the UFC were recorded by the great 28-year-old Russian fighter Movsar Evloev (16-0-0). The 13-ranked challenger of the lightweight category has been known for some time as one of the greatest potentials of this category, and last night he justified it against Dan Ige.
Ige is known as a very strong and dangerous fighter, and before the match, he was in the tenth position on the challenger rankings. Fighters like Josh Emmett, Chan Sung Jung, and Calvin Kattar have beaten Ige, but Dan has wins over names like Edson Barboza, Mirsad Bektic, Gavin Tucker, and more.
No one managed to finish Ige through 21 professional MMA matches, and neither did Movsar Evloev. The Russian won by a unanimous decision of the judges, but it was truly Evloev's top performance. In the first two rounds, Evloev presented patience and precision on the stand.
The combination of front and rear direct did a very nice job, and Ige's face was getting more and more ruined. At the end of the round, Evloev would recall his top grappling skills, and he did the third round entirely that way.
68 significant blows against 42 Ige and as many as nine demolitions are the summaries of Movsar Evloev in this match. Five of the nine demolitions came in the third round, and Movsar won convincingly on all three referee cards (30-27 x2, 30-26).
In the announcement of this match, Evloev pointed out that he will finish Ige in the first round and that he will need another victory before attacking the title. Movsar should jump into the top 10 challengers after this win, but how long it will take to get to the title shot is hard to estimate.
“I’m feeling great,” Evloev said. “I prepared very well and big respect to my opponent. He was dangerous all the time. I think me and my opponent deserve Fight of the Night. That’s my opinion. Next one, I need a big name for a title shot.
I’m the next champion”. Movsar explained. Shortly after the match, Evloev called out Arnold Allen, expressing a desire to settle accounts at the London event to be held on July 23 (the seventh month). Allen is one of the most underrated fighters in this category and is currently sixth in the ranking of challengers.
Eight wins in as many UFC appearances have been recorded by a great English fighter, and it’s hard to expect him to be interested in a match with a lower-ranked opponent in such a situation. Evloev pointed out at the press conference that he only wants a resounding name.
Evloev calls Arnold Allen out.
“I know one name, he’s still scared of me,” Evloev said. “He’s a bulls*** guy, Arnold Allen. I want to beat this guy in his place. Maybe England. I’ll be ready in a couple of weeks.
I’d finish him. I promise”. “I prepared very well and big respect to my opponent. He was dangerous all the time. I think me and my opponent deserve Fight of the Night. That’s my opinion. Next one, I need a big name for a title shot.
I’m the next champion”. added this more than dangerous Russian fighter. Evloev can be blamed for recording all six UFC victories by decision and one break would come in handy. Maybe in the next performance, he will have his first victory with a break under the auspices of the UFC, and that would further push him to attack the title. It remains to be seen who the UFC will pair him with, as Evloev is clearly ready for a quick return to the cage.