UFC: Dan Ige now will face Gavin Tucker after Ryan Hall’s injury

The UFC has found a new opponent for Dan Ige (14-3). Originally, Ige was supposed to face Ryan Hall (8-1) on March 13th. However, recently, Hall suffered an injury to his hip and had to pull out of the featherweight matchup.

There was initial talk about the promotion pushing back the fight until April or May. That is when Hall will be ready to compete again. However, Dan Ige insisted on staying on the March 13th card due to the fact that he has a baby due in April.

The UFC then went to work on a replacement opponent and they found one. Dan Ige is now going to be taking on Gavin Tucker (13-1) in a few weeks at The APEX. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was first with the news. Tucker is unranked, but he’s one of the best prospects in the featherweight division.

Dan Ige will be fighting for the first time since his headliner last July against Calvin Kattar. It was a huge opportunity for Ige to leap in the rankings had he won. However, he came up short and lost by unanimous decision. However, he did represent himself well that night.

Ige is currently ninth in the UFC‘s featherweight division. From a rankings perspective, this is a bit of a risky fight taking on Gavin Tucker. However, the promotion is known for loving guys who just want to fight and that’s what Ige wants.

Big UFC opportunity for Gavin Tucker

As mentioned, this is a very big opportunity for Gavin Tucker. Tucker currently isn’t ranked in the UFC’s rankings, but he’s right on the edge. He made his debut with the promotion back in 2017.

After winning in his UFC debut, he dropped his second fight by decision. That loss was also the first and only loss of his career. Since then, Tucker has bounced back nicely with three consecutive wins.

We just saw him back in December at UFC 256 when he defeated Billy Quarantillo by decision. Now, he’s getting someone in the UFC’s top ten. Should Tucker pickup the win, you know he will have a ranking by his name the following week. This should be a fun scrap on March 13th.

UFC booking Dan Ige – Ryan Hall (Report)

The UFC is in the process of finalizing a really good matchup in the featherweight division. First reported by BJPenn.com, the promotion is finalizing a featherweight contest between Dan Ige (14-3) and Ryan Hall (8-1).

The fight is currently being targeted for March 13th. Of course that card has already had two big fights announced for that this week in the headliner between Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards as well as a big time heavyweight matchup. 

Now, the March 13th main card is getting a really solid UFC featherweight matchup. For Dan Ige, this will be his first fight since he lost to Calvin Kattar back in July. It was Ige’s first UFC headlining spot and he just came up short.

The loss snapped a six-fight winning streak for Ige. Ige hadn’t lost since his UFC debut which took place back in early 2018. Ige will enter the octagon on March 13th ranked 11th in the division.

UFC Matchup for Ryan Hall

The one fighter that the UFC seems to have the most difficult time booking a fight for is Ryan Hall. We haven’t seen Ryan Hall inside the octagon since July of 2019 when he defeated Darren Elkins by unanimous decision.

Hall has only competed four times in the UFC and he’s the season 22 winner of The Ultimate Fighter. He won TUF back in 2015 and he’s only won three fights since. However, they were three impressive wins.

Hall was able to pickup wins over Gray Maynard and former two-division UFC champion, BJ Penn. Hall has been impressive when he’s fought, however, the issue with Hall has been his inactivity. He’s just the one fighter in the division that nobody seems to want to fight.

With being given Dan Ige, we can rest assured knowing that Hall has an opponent which should make for an exciting fight. It’ll be fascinating to see the way this matchup unfolds. Hall has a funky style, and he’s extremely dangerous on the ground. I’m very intrigued by this matchup.

What’s next for Bryce Mitchell after UFC Vegas 12

Bryce Mitchell

This past weekend at UFC Vegas 12, Bryce “Thug Nasty” Mitchell (14-0) took on Andre “Touchy” Fili (21-8) in the co-main event. It was a tough test for Mitchell who seems to becoming an increasingly popular figure in the UFC‘s featherweight division.

As expected, Fili proved to be one of the toughest tests of Mitchell’s career. Thug Nasty used his strong grappling to win rounds one and three decisively, but Fili had his moments which pushed Mitchell. Mitchell was not able to storm through Fili on the ground.

The takedowns were the key to the victory for Mitchell. However, his striking did look much improved on Saturday night. In fact, he actually won a lot of the striking exchanges. However, it was still his grappling that sealed with win at UFC Vegas 12.

After the fight, Mitchell revealed that he broke his left hand. He said he wasn’t sure how long he’d be out, but he did want to take a little time to recover. My guess is that it’ll be a few months before we see Thug Nasty back in a UFC cage.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 12?

Mitchell entered the cage Saturday night as the 15th ranked featherweight in the UFC. The win was his fifth with the promotion, and again, it was his toughest opponent yet. Mitchell will definitely need someone with a ranking for his next fight.

I think a fun matchup for the UFC could be a matchup with Ryan Hall. Hall is currently ranked 13th in the division and he’s a ground wizard himself. I mean he’s the only man in UFC history to submit Hall of Famer, BJ Penn.

Hall is looking for his next fight, and a matchup with Mitchell could be fun. If you love the ground game, this would be the fight for you. This might be one of the few UFC matchups where you could see Mitchell look to do more standing.

Another route the UFC could go is pairing him up with a guy like Shane Burgos. Burgos is just outside the top ten and he’s coming off of an incredible fight against Josh Emmett. This would be the more dangerous fight, but one that could lead to a big jump for Thug Nasty.