With the majority of the featherweight division presently booked, Calvin Kattar has his eyes on a former champion.
Kattar (22-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has surged up the featherweight rankings, picking up two huge wins more than Jeremy Stephens and most a short while ago Dan Ige in his initial headliner spot at UFC on ESPN 13 in July.
Chan Sung Jung is scheduled to confront Brian Ortega in the UFC’s Oct. 17 main event and Zabit Magomedsharipov is projected to facial area Yair Rodriguez at UFC 254, which leaves one particular massive possibility remaining for Kattar.
Kattar would like to confront former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway, who’s regarded by lots of as the biggest 145-pounder of all time. In beating an individual like Holloway, Kattar thinks he can possibly leapfrog all the other contenders.
“Those fights, the Yair vs. Zabit and Ortega vs. Zombie, they’ve all been scheduled to struggle in advance of,” Kattar explained to MMA Junkie. “Hopefully it takes place, will come to fruition quickly, but normally, it only leaves me and Max and it would be an honor to share the octagon with him. I think about him one particular of the GOATs of the division and a win over him would practically be far better than obtaining that belt all over my waist, so I experience whoever beats Max upcoming deserves a shot at the belt or at the very least gets initial dibs so it leaves me and him an prospect to make that struggle take place. I’m sport.”
With Dana White a short while ago confirming the return of the “Ultimate Fighter,” Kattar would enjoy to the chance to mentor reverse facet Holloway (21-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC), then encounter him just after the airing of the exhibit.
“It would be great if we did – I know they’re conversing about a likely ‘Ultimate Fighter,’ Max vs. myself it would be terrific,” Kattar explained. “You got a big identify in Max, you bought an up-and-coming prospect like myself, and I feel we could have a whole lot of enjoyable with an chance like that.
“A man like Max, like I said, he’s one particular of the ideal to at any time do it, there’s a ton of notoriety combating a male like that and you go in there and add in a guy like that to your resume would do a whole lot for you so I’m chasing big moment chances, large wins and Max Holloway would be at the leading of the record right now.”