Legacy Fighting Championship has a history of locating top prospects in the sport, fighters who not only are competent but exciting and capable of finishing their opponents. Dan Ige (4-1) is no exception. At Legacy Fighting Championship 62, Ige returns to the cage for his second outing at Legacy Fighting Championship. Ige faces David Pichilingue (3-2), a fighter who is equally capable of finishing opponents.
Ige himself has lived in a few different places.
“I was born in San Clemente, California and raised in Haleiwa, Hawaii where I lived most of my life.”
His interest in martial arts started as a youth living in Hawaii.
“In 9th grade, I grappled one of my friends on the beach and he took me down, mounted me and arm barred me in ten seconds. I was so baffled and I’ve trained every day since then.”
From humble beginnings, Ige has progressed in the sport and has developed a strong training background.
“I started training in my friend’s backyard. We had a few mats and we grappled every day, then I started competing in wrestling and judo in high school. I proceeded to wrestle in college at Wartburg in Waverly, Iowa. I then got into mixed martial arts back home in Hawaii, and today I’m located out of Nevada training at Xtreme Couture.”
As well as training combat sports, Ige was a naturally active youth.
“I played some sports, but I grew up skateboarding and surfing. I was a street kid.”
At Legacy Fighting Championship 57, Ige defeated Craig Campbell (2-2) in spectacular fashion with a first round knockout.
“He was tough, but I train with some of the best fighters in the world and I was confident I had the skillset to beat him anywhere the fight took place.”
Despite having diverse wins by KO, TKO and submission on his professional resume, it is another fight that for Ige is the high point of his career to date.
“I believe losing to Taichi Nakajima was the highlight of my career, because it really flipped on a switch and made me realize I’m not invincible and I have to work really hard to achieve my goals and potential… loosing is the worst feeling in the world, and I will do everything in my power to achieve victory.”
Having a diverse skill set is important to Ige despite his origins in training.
“I try to be as well rounded as possible. I have a grappling base; but God gifted me with heavy hands that I believe if I connect with anyone in the 145 lb division, they will go to sleep.”
When asked how he would you describe himself as a fighter, Ige is reflective;
“I wouldn’t call myself a fighter; I am a martial artist in every aspect of life.”
Ige continually strives to improve; he is determined to elevate his game and his career, maintaining a steady trajectory.
“I train every day and work on every aspect of the game, and 3 days a week I do strength and conditioning.”
Pichilingue, Ige’s opponent is making his Legacy debut, but has wins by both submission and TKO with an amateur career that was defined by his ability to submit his opposition.
“I don’t know too much on my opponent. I know he’s lanky and dangerous. He’s coming off 2 losses, so he’s hungry to get a win back on a big stage (Legacy FC) live on AXS TV in his hometown.”
Despite not knowing a lot about his opponent, Ige is confident in how the fight will end.
“2 rounds, submission or KO.”
Dynamite, as he is nicknamed, has clear goals for himself and shares similar dreams with many up and coming fighters.
“I’m always ready for any opportunity. The goal is to go to the UFC and I believe I am on that caliber and will rise to the occasion; but if I have to take out a few more contenders, I will do so.”
Ige doesn’t have a lot of spare time with his busy schedule.
“I’m always training, but I have a beautiful wife and she deserves the time especially when I don’t have a fight scheduled.
“There are so many people that have been a part of my career from the very beginning, but mainly I would like to thank my family and my wife Savannah for supporting me since day one, and believing in me through all the sacrifices. It truly means a lot.
“I would also like to thank my manager Brian Butler and Sucker Punch Entertainment for getting me this amazing opportunity to fight for Legacy FC. Also thanks to Ali Abdelaziz for guiding and mentoring me. My coaches at Xtreme Couture for helping me evolve my game – Robert Follis, Ray Sefo, Dennis Davis, and Eric Nicksick.”