Nate Landwehr is the UFC 289 fighter to watch

Mar 25, 2023; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Nate Landwehr (red gloves) fights Austin Lingo (not pictured)
Mar 25, 2023; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Nate Landwehr (red gloves) fights Austin Lingo (not pictured) / Aaron Meullion-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Landwehr makes his PPV debut and is the fighter to watch at UFC 289.

After six UFC fights and three straight performance bonuses, Nate Landwehr will fight on his first PPV card. Landwehr will fight No. 13-ranked Dan Ige, who got back in the win column in his last fight. UFC 289 will take place in Canada, back for the first time since 2019 and this featured featherweight bout is a bright spot on the often criticized main card.

Landwehr has spent his entire career at 145, going pro in 2012 and debuting in the UFC in 2020 with a 13-2 record, eight of those wins coming by way of knockout. Landwehr was a champion in M-1 Global, defending his title twice before getting a call to the UFC.

Landwehr started his UFC career 1-2, losing to Herbert Burns and veteran Julian Erosa, picking up his lone win against grinder Darren Elkins. Landwehr has been on a three-fight winning streak since, picking up performance of the night bonuses against Ludovit Klein and Austin Lingo, and fight of the night honors with David Onama. Landwehr will look to keep up the momentum against the ranked veteran Ige.

Nate Landwehr is looking to keep up his winning momentum against the always tough Dan Ige at UFC 289

The Hawaiin native Ige trains out of Xtreme Couture and is 8-5 in the UFC. After appearing on Dana White's Contender Series, Ige went on a six-fight win streak, taking out the likes of Kevin Aguilar, Mirsad Bektic, and Edson Barboza along the way. Ige would go 2-4 after that but lost to a gauntlet of killers named Calvin Kattar, the Korean Zombie, Josh Emmett, and Movsar Evloev. Ige got back in the win column in January, knocking out Damon Jackson, and will now try to stop "the Train" Landwehr.

Landwehr and Ige will line up virtually identically in the cage, but Ige will have the advantage on the ground, having a background in wrestling and being a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. This will be a big step up for Landwehr, with him showing he belongs in the top 15 and going after another championship.

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UFC 289: Amanda Nunes vs. Irene Aldana takes place on Saturday, June 10th, 2023, live from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your news and highlights.