UFC Vegas 56 Co-Main First Look: Dan Ige vs. Movsar Evloev, Betting Picks, Odds and Predictions

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Dan Ige reacts after his fight with Julio Arce in their Featherweight fight during UFC 220. (Photo by Mike Lawrie / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

The UFC returns to our screens for another action-filled Fight Night event. Featherweight contenders Dan Ige and Ion Movsar Evloev will compete in the evening’s co-main event.

Read on for our complete betting guide taking a first look at Ige and Evloev, including updated UFC odds and our free expert UFC betting picks, predictions, and analysis. 

Dan Ige vs. Movsar Evloev 

UFC Featherweight Co-Main Event Bout  

Saturday, June 4, 2022 – 09:05 PM at UFC Apex

Dan Ige   

  • Pro MMA Record: (15-5-0) (4 KOs, 5 submissions) 
  • Age: 30 
  • Height: 5'7" 
  • Reach: 71.0" 
  • Trains With: Xtreme Couture 
  • Origin Fighting Style: Wrestling 

Dana White Contender Series alumni “50k” Dan Ige burst onto the scene in 2018, and following his debut loss to Julio Arce, he went on a tear. He was defeating everybody before him until he was positioned in a title challenger-eliminator contest with Calvin Kattar.   

A BJJ black belt with a wrestling base, Ige quickly proved his doubters wrong during his first defeat when a string of six successive featherweight bouts followed, but a decline in success arrived following his arrival at the peak of the division.  

Ige's wrestling offense has been put to the test in recent years, training with the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Justin Gaethje, and top stars at Xtreme Couture's gym in Las Vegas. More notably, Ige has involved former freestyle wrestling champion, Aaron Pico, in his past training camps, maybe hinting where he wants his future skillset to fall on.   

Movsar Evloev   

  • Pro MMA Record: (16-6-1) (12 KOs, 2 submissions) 
  • Age: 28 
  • Height: 5'7" 
  • Reach: 72.5" 
  • Trains With: American Top Team 
  • Origin Fighting Style: Master of Sport - Greco-Roman Wrestling  

Former M1-Global bantamweight champion and undefeated Russian prospect Movsar Evloev enters the octagon on Saturday evening for the first UFC main event of his career.  

Born and raised in Sunzha, Ingushetia, Russia, Evloev stems from a decorated background in Greco-Roman wrestling, where he obtained Master of Sports honors during his come up.

Since transitioning to mixed martial arts on a full-time basis in 2014, he’s spent the majority of his professional career fighting under the M1-Global banner alongside an elite level roster – gaining the perfect experience to compete with the world's best inside the UFC.  

Dana White and company acquired Evloev’s services in 2019, and since arriving at the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he’s managed to keep his undefeated record intact. With a 5-0 record, Evloev is one ranking position outside of the featherweight top-15 in preparation to meet his most strenuous opposition to date in Dan Ige.    

UFC Fight Night: Ige vs. Evloev Breakdown and Analysis  

Ige Fight Style and How Can Ige Defeat Evloev? 

I would assume Ige will be more comfortable fighting behind a wrestling-based game plan. Unfortunately, his opponent on Saturday boasts a level of grappling experience that could position Ige in a submissive ground position. Still, against such a well-rounded athlete in Evloev, it could also be a struggle for Ige to handle himself in a striking battle. 

Leg kicks have been a notable attribute of Ige's offensive striking resume, but this approach could leave him wide open to be taken down. It’s challenging to path a viable game plan for Ige, as his opponent is so well-rounded this weekend.    

Evloev Fight Style and How Can Evloev Defeat Ige? 

Evloev could possess the grappling skills to outperform most of the 135 lb division, as he’s proved repeatedly that offensive wrestling is his forte. 

His ability to utilize faints whilst in a standing position will constantly cause the opposition to question whether he will shoot for a takedown or throw a strike. He’ll also dip down into the faints on occasion and fireback with a solid overhand-right before eventually finding a single leg takedown or body lock.   

Ige owns a level of wrestling that can undoubtedly assist his defense. Still, sooner or later, we should expect Evloev to find an authoritative position on the ground using his grappling offense.     

Dan Ige vs. Movsar Evloev Betting Prediction & UFC in Vegas 56 Odds 

The available odds at top-rated sportsbooks favor the unbeaten Russian, and I’m in total agreement.  

Ige is tough, and because the moneyline odds are significantly juiced, wagering on Evloev to win by decision makes sense. However, we haven’t witnessed the betting favorite in a five-round main event, where he could undoubtedly wear on Ige and find an eventual stoppage inside the distance.  

The safest approach – in my opinion – is to back the over 2 ½ rounds, and although the price isn’t great, we can find more value in this position than taking the Evloev moneyline.   

UFC Pick: Over 2 ½ Rounds (-365) [3.65u returns 1u profit] at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)   

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