5 Things You Need to Know About Calvin Kattar

Published 01/10/2021, 10:28 PM EST
LA MIRADA, CA – JULY 27: Calvin Kattar speaks to the media during the UFC 214 Ultimate Media Day at UFC GYM La Mirada on July 27, 2017 in La Mirada, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Calvin Kattar will fight Max Holloway on the first UFC card for 2021. ‘The Boston Finisher‘ will feature in his 3rd UFC main event against the former featherweight champion Holloway. Considering the striking style of both the fighters, the bout is set to be a cracker.


Article continues below this ad

Before the blockbuster card on January 16th, here we take a look at the 5 things you need to know about him.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Calvin Kattar celebrates his win by TKO against Shane Burgos in their Featherweight fight during UFC 220 at TD Garden on January 20, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

1. Kattar trained with the Diaz brothers


Article continues below this ad

Kattar got a chance to train with the famous Diaz brothers when he was only 19 years old. Seeing them train influenced his way of training. “I got like three bloody noses a day. I’m out there dogging it out. I’m by myself. But it was a great opportunity. Long term I was able to see these guys and how they train on the West Coast. Watching the Diaz brothers train at 1 a.m. and realizing you can lie to yourself and say guys aren’t training like that, but somewhere they are. I was exposed to that, which is great,said Kattar.

Nick and Nate Diaz are two legends of MMA. Having the experience to train with them at a tender age certainly gave Kattar massive motivation to build his career.

2. Kattar went on an 8-year winning streak

Kattar started his winning streak in 2010 in regional circuits. He joined the UFC in 2017, as he fought Andre Fili at UFC 214. He won his first two UFC bouts. Subsequently, he dropped a decision against Renato Carneiro. It was his first professional loss in over 8 years.

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – APRIL 07: (R-L) Calvin Kattar punches Renato Moicano of Brazil in their featherweight bout during the UFC 223 event inside Barclays Center on April 7, 2018, in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

3. Kattar’s UFC debut was uncalled for

Despite his accolades in regional circuits, Kattar was rather unknown to MMA fans. In fact, he wasn’t called by the UFC until Doo-Ho-Choi had to pull out of his bout against Andre Fili at UFC 214. ‘The Boston Finisher’ was brought in to make Fili stay on the card and raise his stocks.

Instead, Kattar made the most of this opportunity. He showed off his insane boxing skills and won every round against a bright prospect in Fili. He went from a relatively unknown fighter to every fan’s radar with just one performance. Another sensational stoppage win over the division’s dark horse Shane Burgos made him an instant fan favorite.

4. Kattar’s first UFC main-event came in 2019

Kattar was scheduled to headline UFC’s Boston card in his hometown against Dagestani prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov. But things took a turn to the opposite. The bout got rescheduled to Moscow on Magomedsharipov’s home soil. It was a career-defining bout for the Boston fighter.

Even though Kattar lost the fight by decision, he showed late flashes of his brilliance. Moreover, things were turning into his favor despite a strong start for Magomedsharipov. Had it been a five-round fight, the outcome would have been very different as the Russian was clearly fatigued by the 3rd round. Nevertheless, Kattar has managed to win consecutive bouts since.


Article continues below this ad

5. Kattar headlined UFC’s first-ever Fight Night card on Fight Island

Fight Island has been one of the best innovations of the last year, by the UFC. Kattar got the chance to headline the event in what would be his first five-round fight in the UFC. Against a dangerous opponent in Dan Ige, Kattar showcased his superior boxing skills. He went on to win a decision in the first-ever Fight Island Fight Night card.


Article continues below this ad

How would Kattar fare against Max Holloway? Can he manage to get the biggest win of his career against the former champion? Let us know your thoughts below.


Apratim Banerjee

990 articles

Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.



essentiallysports's Stories