Quite a few might’ve been stunned on Saturday night time, but not Dan Ige.
The UFC featherweight contender scored one particular of the ideal knockouts of 2021 on the most important card of UFC Struggle Evening 187. Ige (15-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) place away prospect Gavin Tucker just 22 seconds into their 145-pound clash. It was an exceptionally rapid sequence that was topped by a sharp appropriate hand.
Quite a few gurus pegged the Ige-Tucker showdown as the greatest applicant for “Fight of the Night” specified each fighters’ keep track of documents and longevity. Ige wasn’t stunned by the character of the battle, as he realized he could deliver a quick end.
“I surely realized that I possess the electricity,” Ige explained to reporters at the UFC Combat Night 187 publish-battle news convention. “I posses the ability to knock any individual out. It is just timing, accuracy, and landing the shot.
“But undoubtedly, and I mentioned it in the press convention ahead of, you know, ‘Fight of the Night’ for me that’s disrespectful. I want a ‘Performance of the Evening.’ I never want to have a close struggle with someone. I really don’t want to consider unwanted punishment or harm. I want to go out there, complete fights and get clear kills, and that’s what I did tonight.”
Ige programs to battle two or a few instances this 12 months but is not seeking at a rapid turnaround, as he and his wife are expecting their initially child any time now.
There’s no need for an actual return day for Ige, but possibly there’s a name.
“I outlined the ‘Korean Zombie,’ but actually, I’ll struggle anybody,” Ige reported. “Dana claimed it, ‘This person will fight any one,’ and he was not lying. I risked my ranking tonight in opposition to an up-and-coming killer. Yeah, I’m in this article to struggle any one.”