UFC 220 Recap: Julio Arce outworks Dan Ige to an unanimous decision

In one of many featherweight bouts on the card, two newcomers will met as Hawaiian Dan Ige (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) took on Tiger Schulmann’s product Julio Arce (13-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Both appeared on the popular Fight Pass series, Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. As both won their fight on the show neither of them was awarded a contract but ultimately impressed enough to get a contract later on. Ige beat Luis Gomez who is now Titan FC champion, where Arce beat a dangerous striker in Peter Petties. Combined both are on an 11-fight win streak and only one will drop to a loss.

The first half of round one, it was Ige moving forward and timing well executed takedowns getting two brief takedowns. Arce did turn the momentum as he landed a right hand that stunned Ige and another left that buckled Ige briefly. The round ended with Arce finding his timing and sprawling on each takedown.

Ige came into round two a bit flustered from round one as he was trying to get on the inside but couldn’t find his range. Arce continued to use his long left hand and rip body shots at Ige came in but he defended all takedowns in the round.

In the final round, Ige lost about all his aggressiveness and forward movement as Arce’s footwork was key. Ige couldn’t find his range and as he did it was Arce landing combinations with perfect striking technique landing an uppercut that did some damage along with a body punch that seemed to hurt Ige as he went to his back. Footwork was key here as Julio Arce won via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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