Josh Emmett vs. Dan Ige Booked on UFC 269 in December
IMPORTANT: Many sources inform me that Josh Emmett has closed his return to the UFC against Dan Ige at
# UFC269. This card is amazing. https://t.co/piGxeq51Oa
– Cole Shelton (@ ColeShelton91)
October 22, 2021
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The top-10 Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweights will dance to a card that is already stacked from bow to stern.
The UFC pay-per-view card for the end of the year at UFC 269, which already has a full master card as reported by the organization, won another big battle. Josh Emmett (16-2) will return after a year and a half to face Dan Ige (15-4) in a battle that essentially guarantees door-to-door action. The news of this booking on December 11 was first reported by
late Thursday, followed by multiple outlets and the UFC broadcaster ESPN
The fight will be Emmett’s first since facing Shane Burgos in a three-round UFC fight at ESPN 11 in June 2020. The 36-year-old out of Team Alpha Male is currently leading a triptych. victories, with knockouts by Michael Johnson and Mirsad Bektic leading to his battle with Burgos. This winning streak is currently the longest in his UFC tenure, as a pair of winning two-legged matches ended when Desmond Green and Jeremy Stephens defeated him in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Ige’s only two appearances at the UFC, in 2020 and 2021, saw him leave five-round unanimous decisions to Calvin Kattar and Chan Sung Jung. Those two losses surrounded a 22-second knockout of Gavin Tucker in March. Before falling behind Kattar, Ige had won six races in a row, defeating Edson Barboza, Bektic and Kevin Aguilar as he climbed the featherweight ladder.
The UFC 269 inflated event on December 11 will take place inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with two title matches at the top of the big show. Leading the event is a long-awaited lightweight bout, as Charles Oliveira tries to defend his belt for the first time against former interim champion Dustin Poirier. The co-main event creates a bantamweight championship case when Amanda Nunes wants to hold an iron grip on her throne against Julianna Pena. Other mainstays include Leon Edwards vs. Jorge Masvidal in middleweight, Kai Kara France vs. Cody Garbrandt in flyweight and Raulian Paiva vs. Sean O’Malley in 135 lbs.