MMA Preview – Bryce Mitchell vs Dan Ige at UFC Fight Night 228
BRYCE MITCHELL VS DAN IGE FACTS
When is UFC Fight Night 228? Saturday 23rd September, 2023 - 22:00 start (UK)
Where is UFC Fight Night 228? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)
Where can I get tickets for UFC Fight Night 228? Click here to buy tickets for UFC Fight Night
What channel is UFC Fight Night 228 on? TNT Sports 3
Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 228? TNT Sports subscribers can stream the fight online via the TNT Sports website and Discovery+
For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!
BRYCE MITCHELL VS DAN IGE LOWDOWN
Bryce Mitchell (15-1) returns nine months after suffering the first loss of his career. He wrestled his way to winning his first six UFC bouts including Edson Barboza (2022) which was his first appearance in 17 months. He did not show any signs of rust and was then lined up with fellow unbeaten prospect Ilia Topuria (2022) and was frankly outclassed in every area eventually getting submitted in the second round.
Dan Ige (17-6) has bounced back from his three-fight skid losing unanimous decisions to the Korean Zombie (2021), Josh Emmett (2021) and Movsar Evloev (2022). He returned seven months later to take on Damon Jackson (2023) who was riding a four-fight win streak and proceeded to knock him out in the second round. He then followed that up with a unanimous decision over Nate Landwehr back in June.
BRYCE MITCHELL VS DAN IGE PREDICTION
We know what to expect from Mitchell and that will be to dive on a takedown as soon as possible, keep Ige pinned to the canvas and hope a submission opens up. That will be a wise strategy anyway as Ige is a much better striker.
Ige has a 56% takedown defence which is mainly thanks to Evloev’s nine takedowns. Mitchell is not as strong as a wrestler, but he has incredible control and may just need one takedown per round to give the judges an easy decision.
We can see Mitchell being hesitant after his Topuria beating and getting caught by Ige who will be waiting for him to shoot in. Considering the odds and Ige’s experience sharing the cage with better fighters, he is the value pick.
However, we are backing Mitchell’s relentless wrestling to grind out an uneventful decision.
Prediction: Mitchell via Decision
Value bet: Ige to win