Dan “Dynamite” Ige, 28, of Haleiwa, Hawaii, United States was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 8,” also known as “UFC Fight Night 172.” It was the Hawaiian mixed martial artist’s sixth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Featuring 11 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC on ESPN 8” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on May 16, 2020. In the ninth bout of the evening, Ige fought Edson “Junior” Barboza, 34, of Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the featherweight division.
Jason Herzog served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the featherweight contest was left in the hands of the judges.
Two judges scored it 29-28 in favor of the fighter in the red corner. The third judge saw it 29-28 in favor of the fighter in the blue corner.
In the end, Herzog raised the hand of Ige. The Haleiwa native was declared the winner via split decision.
Winning at “UFC on ESPN 8” improved the professional MMA record of Ige to 14 wins and 2 losses. The Hawaiian MMA fighter is now riding a six-bout winning streak.
On the other hand, Barboza now has 20 wins and 9 losses. The Brazilian MMA fighter is now riding a three-bout losing streak.
The UFC held “UFC on ESPN 8” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while almost all major sports events were either cancelled or postponed. In the main event of the evening, Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, 39, of Amsterdam, Netherlands knocked out Walt “The Big Ticket” Harris, 36, of Homewood, Alabama, USA in the heavyweight division.
Cortney “Cast Iron” Casey, 33, of Glendale, Arizona, USA and Miguel “Caramel Thunder” Baeza, 27, of Davie, Florida won the Performance of the Night bonuses, which were presented by HSS. Presented by Toyo Tires, the Fight of the Night was the featherweight bout between “The Terminator” Song Yadong (宋亚东), 22, of Harbin, Heilongjiang, China and Marlon “Chito” Vera, 27, of Chone, Manabi, Ecuador.
Nine countries were represented at “UFC on ESPN 8” namely Brazil, China, Ecuador, Georgia, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland and the U.S. Barboza was one of the three fighter who represented Brazil while Ige was one of the 12 representatives of the U.S.
Born in Haleiwa on August 6, 1991, Ige made his professional MMA debut in 2014 and his UFC debut in 2018. The first five opponents he defeated in the promotion were Mike Santiago, Jordan Griffin, Danny Henry, Kevin Aguilar and Mirsad Bektić.