Dan Ige is already eyeing his next move, and it involves a perfect setting.
After a stunning knockout victory at UFC Fight Night 236, Dan Ige expressed his desire to fight at The Sphere in Las Vegas during the mega-event planned for Mexican Independence Day in September.
Ige's emphatic return to the win column came with a first-round knockout of Andre Fili, earning him another Performance of the Night bonus and solidifying his reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the division. Despite the impressive win, Ige plans to take some time off to focus on his growing family, with his wife expecting their second child.
Acknowledging the importance of family, Ige plans to resume his career in August or September, aligning with the anticipated mega-event. The Sphere holds special significance for Ige, and he is eager to showcase his skills on that grand stage.
While open to any matchup the UFC presents, Ige sees potential bouts with ranked featherweights as realistic options. He mentioned the possibility of facing the winner or loser of the Diego Lopes vs. Sodiq Yusuff matchup, as well as expressing interest in challenging the loser of the Brian Ortega vs. Yair Rodriguez fight in Mexico City.
Reflecting on his recent victory, Ige acknowledged the bittersweet nature of knocking out a former training partner and friend in Fili. However, he emphasized the business aspect inside the octagon, fulfilling the job requirements with a spectacular knockout.
As Ige plans his return, the prospect of a thrilling comeback at The Sphere adds an extra layer of anticipation to his journey, setting the stage for a memorable performance on Mexican Independence Day.