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UFC 303 Fighter Replaces Brian Ortega on Three Hours Notice

Dan Ige saves UFC 303 co-main event, stepping in last minute to face Diego Lopes after Brian Ortega falls ill.

Dan Ige has made a heroic last-minute decision to step in and save the day for UFC 303. The featherweight veteran will now be facing Diego Lopes in a 165lbs catchweight bout after Brian Ortega had to withdraw due to illness just hours before the fight.

The shocking news was revealed by commentator Jon Anik during the live broadcast of the event. Ortega was unable to compete after experiencing a high fever of 103 degrees following his weight cut. This left Lopes without an opponent until Ige, who was originally scheduled to fight in three weeks, bravely offered to step in on short notice.

Ige, who had been in camp for three months and was in peak condition, sent a message to UFC's Chief Business Officer, Hunter Campbell, expressing his readiness to fight and not wanting to miss out on this opportunity. This led to the unexpected matchup between Ige and Lopes, who had to re-weigh in at 161lbs after his initial weigh-in.

The New York State Athletic Commission quickly sanctioned the fight as Ige had recently fought under their jurisdiction, ensuring all his medical records were up to date. This turn of events showcases the dedication and determination of fighters like Ige, who are willing to seize the moment and make the most of any opportunity that comes their way.

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