“I See Myself Beating Anybody They Put In There With Me”- Calvin Kattar Not Concerned About Alexander Volkanovski

Published 07/16/2020, 3:43 AM EDT


UFC Featherweight Calvin Kattar picked up the unanimous decision victory over his game opponent Dan Ige. The bout was the headlining feature set for UFC on ESPN 13 taking place on Yas Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Kattar would secure the victory as his striking was overall more effective and damaging.

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The fight was a clear opportunity for the headlining fighters to put the heavily stacked 145-pound division on notice. The showcase marked the second main event appearance in Calvin Kattar’s career. The Bostonian stand-up fighter managed to primarily stay ahead, out-landing Ige in terms of significant strikes.

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Calvin Kattar: “He’s a tough kid”

The 22-4 fighter spoke to the media at the post-fight presser via Helen Yee, following his second straight victory during the pandemic. He went on to express his views on fighting the current featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski.

“You know he’s a little shorter for the division. You see how I match up with shorter guys with my reach. But then again, he did well against Max, who’s another tall guy in the division. He’s a tough kid, everybody in the top 10 and top 5 are tough, you know.”

It is clear that Kattar is supremely confident, should he be next in line to contend for the gold strap. Additionally, he has maintained a high activity rate as compared to the other division staples.

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“I just think I present other qualities that will get the job done, but yeah tough kid. I see myself beating anybody they put in there with me and the champs no different.”

The undisputed champion Alexander Volkanovski is fresh off a win against Max Holloway at UFC 251. The bout was highly controversial in many fans’ eyes, given the razor-thin separation between the two. Alexander ‘The Great’ is keen to build up a legacy as the featherweight champion and fight all comers.

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Moreover, the current landscape of the division is uncertain given the gauntlet of elite fighters in the wings. In light of these uncertainties, ‘The Boston Finisher’ remains set on keeping his head down and adding to his winning streak.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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