Dan Ige vs. Ryan Hall is on tap for the UFC event scheduled for March 13. The battle of top-15 featherweights was first reported by Cole Shelton of BJPenn.com. The bout is agreed to and contracts have been issued, Shelton reported Thursday.
Hall has not fought since he defeated Darren Elkins via unanimous decision in July 2019. The Jiu-Jitsu ace is 8-1 in his professional career and a perfect 4-0 in the Octagon. “The Wizard” submitted BJ Penn and defeated Gray Maynard and Artem Lobov.
Ige is 14-3 in his career and 6-2 in the UFC. He last fought in July, dropping a close decision to Calvin Kattar, who is slated to compete Saturday against Max Holloway. Ige has wins over Edson Barboza and Mirsad Bektic to name a couple.
Ige enters the bout ranked No. 11 to Hall’s No. 13.
Dan Ige vs. Ryan Hall – The Call Out
Hall’s inaction is not due to a lack of trying. The grappler has called for contests against other ranked featherweights, including Chan Sung Jung, also known as the “Korean Zombie.” He asked for the Ige fight back in November.
“Dan Ige is a warrior who always puts on a great show, has clearly demonstrated a willingness to test himself against the best, and we’re next door in the featherweight rankings,” Hall wrote on Instagram. “What do you think, [Ige]? Fight Island in January?”
It may not be January, but Hall got the fight.
The March 13 card is slated to feature a welterweight headliner of Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev. The event will also feature a heavyweight clash between undefeated prospect Cyril Gane and the powerful Jairzinho Rozenstruik. The card does not yet have a location.
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