Damon Jackson takes on Dan Ige in the first UFC event of 2023


Damon Jackson is finally getting the big fight he’s been after.

MMA Fighting has confirmed that Jackson will be facing Dan Ige, currently tied for No. 15 spot at featherweight in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings — on Jan. 14, after Jackson announced the matchup on his Instagram account. As part of UFC’s first 2023. event, the fight will take place in Las Vegas at UFC APEX. The event will feature a match between Kelvin Gastelum (middleweight) and Nassourdine Imavov (middleweight).

After a poor start in UFC in 2015, Jackson is now on fire since signing with the UFC in 2020.. “Action” has won five of his past six bouts inside the octagon, including his current four-fight winning streak, that saw him go a perfect 3-0 in 2022. Now Jackson looks to make his way into the featherweight top 15.

Ige has been a staple of the 145-pound weight class since joining the UFC off of the Contender Series in 2018. After putting together a six-fight win streak that saw him establish himself in the top 10 of the division, Ige has fallen on hard times of late, losing four of his previous five fights. Even still, “50K” is clinging on to a top 15 spot and at only 31 years old, the Hawaiian standout hopes to get back on the winning track in January.

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Source: https://www.mmafighting.com/2022/11/20/23468711/damon-jackson-faces-dan-ige-at-first-ufc-event-of-2023?rand=96749