The headline bout for the UFC’s July 15 card on Fight Island appears to have been confirmed, with reports suggesting a featherweight clash between Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige is booked.
Although the UFC have yet to make an official announcement on the card - the second of four events within two weeks next month on Yas Island - ESPN reported on Tuesday that the main bout was set.
Kattar, who boasts a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) record of 21-4, is coming off a major knockout victory against Jeremy Stephens at UFC 249 last month. It would represent the second time the American has topped the bill in his past three fights - in November, he lost a decision to Russian Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC Fight Night in Moscow.
Meanwhile, Ige most recently competed last month, too, when he prevailed from a somewhat contentious split decision against Edson Barboza at UFC on ESPN 8. Defeated on his promotional debut in January 2018, the American has won his six successive outings since. His overall pro MMA record stands at 14-2.
Taking to social media on Tuesday, CEO of Dominance MMA Management Ali Abdelaziz tweeted: “I’m so proud of my brother @Dynamitedan808 his first ufc main event. I couldn’t be more proud for him. Love you brother let’s go.”
Fight Island kicks off next month with the pay-per-view UFC 251, which features three world title bouts, and continues with events on July 15, 18 and 25. Dana White, the UFC president, said at the weekend that he expects to confirm the full cards "soon".