Dan Ige ended his losing streak of three fights with a dominant walk-off win over Damon Jackson at the UFC Vegas 67 comain event.
It was a jaw-dropping performance from Ige after he stepped into an exchange and cracked Jackson directly on the jaw with a left hook that landed clean. As soon as the punch connected, Jackson just folded in half as he crashed to the canvas with Ige putting his hand in the air before the referee could even officially wave off the fight.
The end came at 4:13 in the second round.
“It feels really good,” Ige said about the win. It’s almost been two years since I last won. This sport is something I have dedicated my whole life to. It’s just being in the moment. I’ve just been training myself, training my mind and valuing the things around me. I shut out all the noise. “
Ige had a lot power and invited Jackson into the pocket to trade as they began exchanging strikes right away. Jackson was still responding to Ige’s movements as he tried to get out of the cage and work his way inside.
Ige appeared to have no fear of reprisal as he continued marching forward and hammering away with punches. Jackson did not seem to be able to respond to the Ige-style aggressive plan.
Jackson was clobbered in round two by a big right overhand. A cut was made that began dripping down Jackson’s face directly into his eye. Still, Jackson kept throwing combinations but Ige appeared to be timing his opportunities to return fire.
After Jackson made an aggressive move and Ige launched the left hook to knock him out, that was exactly what brought about the end. After watching Jackson fall to the floor, Ige realized the fight was over. Now, he hopes the UFC will give him a bonus for his performance.
“I have $50K written my hand wraps,” Ige said. “I was certain I would land this .”