Fight Island is getting its use, that's for sure.
The second of three shows on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi took place on what would be Wednesday night stateside, headlined by #10 Dan Ige and #6 Calvin Kattar. Kattar emerged victorious via unanimous decision after putting on a striking clinic over the course of five rounds. Ige was landing well with his jab early on, but Ige overcame to take the fight.
#8 Bantamweight Jimmie Rivera toppled #9 Bantamweight Cody Stamann in a featherweight bout that will still have 135 pound ramifications. Rivera noted that he'd prefer to have a full training camp, but still took home a unanimous decision victory.
#13 Tim Elliott hasn't quite been the same since his UFC Title challenge loss in 2016, but may have saved his job Wednesday night. In defeating Ryan Benoit via unanimous decision, he ended a three-fight winning streak. It's not all bad for Elliott, though. After earning a disclosed $31,000 in a loss in May, and getting a $50,000 bonus for that fight, this win likely put him over $160,000 in payouts between show money, win money, bonus money and Reebok money since May. Impressive