In which should be a closely contested matchup at featherweight, Ali Abdelaziz employee Dan Ige fights Scotland´s own Danny “The Hatchet” Henry. Ige comes from winning a close decision against UFC newcomer Jordan Griffin in his last fight, while Henry had a long layoff after causing a big upset against Hakeem Dawodu.
Ige is Jiu Jitsu black belt who likes to be agressive from the opening bell. Although he is not a high level striker, he has a respectable punch and uses his agression to get his grappling game going. He is relentless with his takedowns early on and jumps on submission opportunities without hesitation. He also has some nasty ground and pound.
Henry is not a very athletic fighter but he has a very good gas tank. He is huge featherweight who has fought at lightweight before but is better suited for the 145 division where he enjoys a height and reach advantage over almost everybody. His striking is better than it seems and he has a sniper like straight right hand that he throws with power and precision. He is a competent grappler too and a very opportunistic submission finisher that chases the neck whenever he gets the chance.
How does this play out? Expect Ige to come out as always and attack inmediately with abandon. If he stays on the outside he is probably gonna get picked apart on the feet. Ige winning early would be no surprise if he can drag Danny to the matt and get a dominant position but I think the Hatchet is gonna weather the early storm and then put the pressure on Ige and stop him late. Also the odd submission by either one of them would be no surprise, specially by Henry in one of Ige´s takedown attemps or scrambles where he tends to leave his neck unprotected at times. Henry can also hurt Ige standing here at any moment judging by his fight with Griffin. I am picking Danny Henry to cause the upset here, and having finished 10 out of his 12 wins, with his only decision in the UFC being Daniel Teymur who barely survived and was saved by the bell twice, Danny Henry to win ITD at around (+450) is one of the best value bets available for this event.