Dan Ige didn’t feel like fighting, but 15 minutes of UFC experience is something money can’t buy

MILWAUKEE – Dan Ige told it how it he felt it after his unanimous decision win over Jordan Griffin on the UFC on FOX 31 prelims.

Standing in the cage after the official announcement, Ige admitted he didn’t really “feel like” fighting when he walked out that night. Even after he’d won, he didn’t seem particularly thrilled.

“It was just one of those days,” Ige told reporters after the fight. “Some days you wake up sick, but you’ve still got to go to work. It doesn’t matter. I went out there, who cares how I feel that morning, the show still goes on. So it’s just one of those things. No excuse, I went out there, got the win, and I’m happy.”

One upside of going three full rounds in a somewhat lackluster effort at times, according to Ige, was the added cage time he logged in a UFC career that’s still relatively young.

“It’s satisfying in a way, because you can’t buy that kind of experience,” Ige ssid. “That’s 15 minutes on the biggest platform in the world, in the UFC cage, and I can’t get that experience in the gym. I can’t pay for private lessons and get that kind of experience. That experience comes from fighting. I got 15 extra minutes in that cage to add to my resume, so I’m happy with that.”

His one concern was that, in a close fight, he might have a hard time winning a decision against a fighter with the local crowd in Milwaukee behind him. That’s one of the problems in coming from Hawaii, where the UFC has yet to hold an event, Ige said. Every fight essentially becomes an away game, even if Ige still hopes that will change soon.

“We’ve got a Hawaiian champion, a dominant Hawaiian champion, and that guy’s out there killing it,” Ige said. “I hope the UFC goes to Hawaii. There’s a lot of hungry Hawaiians out there, and they’re ready to scrap.”

As for who the greatest Hawaiian MMA fighter is, Ige still thinks there’s one guy better than UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway, if only because he came first and established the legacy that other Hawaiian fighters are still trying to live up to.

“B.J (Penn)., in my opinion, is always going to be the best. Max is tremendous, but B.J. put us on the map before there was MMA in Hawaii. B.J. Penn is the guy who came out here and did it first, was the lightweight champion, welterweight champion. That guy’s a legend. Sure, Max is more skilled, more dominant. But B.J. Penn is the reason we’re all here today.”

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