Dan Ige came into Saturday’s UFC 225 fight against Mike Santiago with a chip on his shoulder after losing his Octagon debut back in January.
But less than a minute after the Octagon door closed, the fight was over. And Ige had his hand raised for the first time in his young UFC career.
The Haleiwa native didn’t waste any time once the fight began, storming across the Octagon into Santiago's grill where he landed powerful combinations to the Illinois native’s chin to send him falling back toward the cage.
Wow, featherweight Dan Ige just steamrolled Mike Santiago to kick off UFC 225. Early takedown, took the back, flattened him out and dropped shots. Doesn't get much cleaner than that.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 9, 2018
Ige wasn’t willing to waste any time searching for the rear-naked choke once he took Santiago’s back and was stuffed, so the Hawaiian dropped bombs on the side of Santiago’s head, landing 27 significant strikes before the referee intervened to separate the fighters after 50 seconds.
In a talent stacked featherweight division with a fellow Hawaiian -- Max Holloway -- as the division’s champion, Ige’s next bout inside the Octagon will be one to watch.
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