Calvin Kattar has developed a penchant for knockouts, as his last four victories have been recorded in that fashion. Dan Ige has yet to be finished that way, with both of his professional losses coming via decisions. History will change for one of the featherweights on Wednesday, when the two meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige. The main UFC Fight Night from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET. Both fighters are ranked in the top 10 of the division and hope to improve their chance of receiving a shot at Alexander Volkanovski's championship belt sometime soon.
Kattar has lost only twice since February 2010, while Ige's last setback occurred seven fights ago in the opening month of 2018. Kattar is a -300 favorite (risk $300 to win $100) after climbing as high as -320, while Ige is a +240 underdog in the latest Kattar vs. Ige odds from William Hill. In the co-main event, Tim Elliott (-125) takes on Ryan Benoit (+105) in a flyweight fight. Before making your UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige picks, make sure you see what SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley has to say.
The accomplished MMA analyst has been on fire, as he has hit 13 consecutive main-event winners. Last week, Marley went 5-0 on the main card of UFC 251 and told SportsLine members to expect Usman to successfully defend his belt with a unanimous-decision victory over Masvidal. The champion did just that, as the judges' scorecard featured a pair of 50-45s and a 49-46 in his favor.
Marley also called a unanimous-decision win by Dustin Poirier (-200) over Dan Hooker (+175) in their lightweight main event at UFC Fight Night two weeks ago. Anyone who has consistently followed Marley's UFC picks is way up.
Now, with UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige rapidly approaching, Marley has carefully studied every matchup on the card, identified the best value in the UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige odds and released his picks for every fight. Those UFC Fight Night picks only are available here.
Kattar vs. Ige preview
The sixth-ranked fighter in the featherweight division, Kattar (21-4) stepped into the Octagon just over two months ago at UFC 249. The 32-year-old native of Massachusetts was victorious in that bout, unloading a series of elbows on Jeremy Stephens in the second round to win via technical knockout.
Kattar has won 13 of his last 15 fights, registering his last four wins via knockout after a stretch of seven consecutive unanimous decisions. He has posted 11 of his overall wins via KO and earned Fight of the Night honors twice during his seven-fight tenure in the UFC.
Ige (14-2) also is back after a brief hiatus and has yet to be knocked out in his professional career, as both of his losses have been by decision. The 28-year-old Hawaiian, who is the UFC's 10th-ranked featherweight, has won six straight fights and 12 of his last 13 after earning a split-decision win over Edson Barboza on May 16. You can see Marley's full Kattar vs. Ige predictions here.
Top UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige predictions
We'll share one of Marley's UFC Fight Night predictions here: He is backing Abdul Razak Alhassan (-330) to get past Mounir Lazzez (+260) in a clash of welterweight bruisers.
Alhassan (10-1) is proving to be one of the most dangerous fighters in the world, as all 10 of his professional victories have been first-round knockouts. Due to legal issues, the most recent took place at UFC 228 in September 2018, when the 34-year-old native of Ghana needed just 43 seconds to dispatch Niko Price.
Lazzez (9-1) is no slouch either, with eight of his career wins coming via knockout. Known as "The Sniper," the 32-year-old Tunisian will be making his UFC debut after recording a 59-second KO against Arber Murati on Feb. 7 while fighting in Probellum MMA.
"I have to lean with Alhassan because he has more power and has fought, and beat, better competition," Marley told SportsLine.
How to make UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige picks
Marley also has strong picks for Kattar vs. Ige and every other bout on the UFC Fight Night card. He's also backing one fighter who "is the more aggressive, higher-paced striker!" You can see those UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige picks only at SportsLine.
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UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige odds (via William Hill)
Calvin Kattar (-300) vs. Dan Ige (+240)
Tim Elliott (-125) vs. Ryan Benoit (+105)
Jimmie Rivera (-140) vs. Cody Stamann (+120)
Molly McCann (-110) vs. Taila Santos (-110)
Abdul Razak Alhassan (-310) vs. Mounir Lazzez (+250)
John Phillips (+260) vs. Khamzat Chimaev (-330)
Ricardo Ramos (-165) vs. Lerone Murphy (+140)
Modestas Bukauskas (-260) vs. Andreas Michailidis (+210)
Jared Gordon (-150) vs. Chris Fishgold (+125)
Diana Belbita (-160) vs. Liana Jojua (+135)
Jack Shore (-625) vs. Aaron Phillips (+450)