Calvin Kattar has two big wins in 2020 and is waiting for his cellphone to ring when all over again.
“The Boston Finisher” picked up a next-round finish of Jeremy Stephens at UFC 249, together with a main party unanimous choice earn over Dan Ige in July, as he at this time sits at No. 6 in the promotion’s 145-pound rankings.
After Brian Ortega defeated The Korean Zombie in Saturday night’s UFC Struggle Island 6 headliner, Kattar joined MMA Fighting’s submit-struggle clearly show to examine the landscape of featherweight division and was asked about some common fantasy matchmaking involving he and former longtime champion Max Holloway.
“It looks to make perception,” Kattar mentioned. “Everyone else is active, so it would be two recreation men attempting to keep fast paced. I’m with it, male. I’m not coaching this challenging for nothing.”
No matter whether it is Holloway, or any one in the major-five, Kattar does not treatment who stands across the octagon from him. He would like to put pen to paper on a major struggle before the calendar turns to 2021—and hopes to do it together with his teammate and fellow New England Cartel member.
“Sign 1 of these men up,” Kattar stated. “My purpose is to go 3- this year and the year’s not finished nevertheless. I’ll be prepared anytime they appear contacting.
“December appears superior, but I’d like to get on a card with my teammate Rob Font. He’s overdue coming off a big acquire in excess of Simon. Everyone’s conversing about these bantamweights but they’re all forgetting about Rob Font.”
The 32-calendar year-outdated Massachusetts indigenous admits he was amazed with Ortega’s gain this earlier weekend and feels that if that exact version demonstrates up to struggle Alexander Volkanovski for the title that it could be a extremely aggressive matchup.
No make a difference how the dominos fall, Kattar just desires to see the division continue to move forward.
“Honestly, I never seriously give a sh*t,” Kattar stated. “I just want to combat someone.
“I really don’t care exactly where the division goes, I just hope it keeps shuffling around. I’ll fight all of these guys (ahead of me). Line them all up. Let’s get one thing likely. If the champ needs Ortega, interesting, let us make it take place. The featherweight division must stand out over the rest so let’s make these significant fights come about.”
Following his earn in excess of Ige, Kattar advised MMA Battling he is self-confident he would give Volkanovski suits regardless of whether they fought now, subsequent yr, or every time that struggle would choose area. Being lively has set himself in an appealing location in division that continues to little by little get further and deeper.
Kattar is keeping issues basic: he desires respect, a further fight in 2020, and with a victory, needs the winner of the assumed Volkanovski vs. Ortega title combat.
“I’m coming for all of them and when [the UFC] demonstrates those rankings, they have to have to display a single by six, not just the [top-five]. I have to have to get some Television love, include my ass in there.
“Seriously, while, I’m coming for that belt. Subsequent is Ortega, then it’s me to get that possibility. Line them up.”