Calvin Kattar
The Boston Finisher


Injury Nose
Est. Return 10/1/2021
Out for 180 days
January 18, 2021
Kattar was handed a 180-day medical suspension for his broken nose Monday, reports.
Kattar suffered the injury while taking a beating against Max Holloway on Saturday. He'll now be unable to fight until mid-July, though he could return after just 60 days if cleared by a doctor.
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Coach details injuries
January 17, 2021
Kattar's head coach, Tyson Chartier, said that the 32-year-old is "doing OK" after suffering a unanimous-decision loss Saturday to Max Holloway at UFC on ABC 1 in Abu Dhabi, Brett Okamoto of reports. "Some staples in the head and a broken nose and bruising," Chartier said, when providing an update on Kattar's injuries.
Though he was on the wrong end of a convincing win for Holloway, Kattar at least appears to have escaped significant physical harm in the fight. He may be handed a medical suspension due to his injuries, but look for Kattar to look to return to the Octagon at some point in the late spring or summer.
Displays legendary heart in loss
January 16, 2021
Kattar lost to Max Holloway via unanimous decision (43-50, 43-50, 42-50) at UFC on ABC 1 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Kattar did everything he could and then some, but he was hopelessly outclassed in a kickboxing match against one of the greatest featherweights in the history of the sport. Simply put, the gap in technical skill between the two was too much for Kattar to overcome. Kattar landed more than his fair share of power shots, but for every one he connected with, Max seemed to return three more. It was one of the most impressive displays of toughness we have seen in recent memory. There should be a federal investigation opened should Kattar not receive a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus for his efforts (which was later confirmed). The 32-year-old Massachusetts native isn't going to be happy with the end result, but the truth of the matter is that there are no real losers in an epic classic such as this one. Kattar will be back.
Set to face Max Holloway
November 17, 2020
Kattar will take on Max Holloway in a featherweight matchup in the main event of a card scheduled for Fight Island on Jan. 16.
Kattar will get to square off against a former featherweight champion, though Holloway is in a bit of a rough patch at the moment, having lost three of his last four fights, including a pair of decision defeats against Alexander Volkanovski. For his part, Kattar will be looking to extend his winning streak to three, building on a second-round knockout win over Jeremy Stephens and a unanimous decision victory against Dan Ige.
Outpoints Dan Ige in main event
July 15, 2020
Kattar defeated Dan Ige via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
It was an impressive all-around effort from Kattar. His boxing looked as strong as advertised, but it was his takedown defense that was most impressive. Ige repeatedly attempted to implement his wrestling game after feeling Kattar's power, but Kattar would have none of it. He was aggressive when he needed to be and did an excellent job of countering his opponent in the rare instances in which Ige pushed the pace. Kattar was also the fresher fighter. While Ige faded as the fight progressed, Kattar remained steady. Kattar's grappling will never be on the level of his striking, but it doesn't need to be. He's a massive threat at 145 pounds for as long as he can remain upright. Kattar's long-term ceiling is a bit of a question mark, but he's on a roll right now. The 32-year-old Massachusetts native is 4-1 in his past five bouts, with his only loss in that span coming against uber-prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov. Kattar is going to get a title-implicating fight his next time out.
Booked for July 15
June 15, 2020
Kattar (undisclosed) will take on Dan Ige in a featherweight matchup to headline UFC Fight Night on July 15, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports. The agreement to face Ige is part of a multi-fight contract that Kattar has accepted from the UFC, per Okamoto.
Kattar is coming off a victory over Jeremy Stephens via KO (elbows) at UFC 249 in May. Although he received a medical suspension for an undisclosed issue following the fight, he'll evidently be healthy enough to return to the Octagon just two months after his win. Ige has won six consecutive fights, most recently defeating Edson Barboza via split decision at UFC Fight Night in Jacksonville. Kattar has advantages in both height and reach.