Calvin Kattar
The Boston Finisher

USA

Outpoints Dan Ige in main event
FeatherweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Booked for July 15
FeatherweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Sidelined for six months
FeatherweightUFC
May 11, 2020
Kattar was handed a 180-day medical suspension Monday, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kattar won a knockout victory against Jeremy Stephens on Saturday, though he evidently took enough of a beating that he'll be sidelined for nearly six months with an undisclosed injury. He won't fight again until November unless cleared by a physician.
Statement win over Jeremy Stephens
FeatherweightUFC
May 9, 2020
Kattar defeated Jeremy Stephens via KO (elbows) at 2:42 of Round 2 at UFC 249 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Combine the 30 percent of Stephens' purse Kattar is taking home after the former came in heavy on Friday with a chance at a $50,000 Performance Bonus he could have received for this highlight-reel KO, and this looks like a nice payday for the Massachusetts native. It didn't start well for Kattar. He was consistently beaten to the punch by Stephens in Round 1. He got in a handful of power shots of his own but dropped the frame. The tide turned in Round 2 when Kattar destroyed Stephens with as perfectly placed of an elbow as you will ever see. He followed up with a couple more elbows before referee Jason Herzog decided he had finally seen enough. Kattar isn't particularly well known among casual fans but this is an excellent, underrated fighter.
Fighting heavy opponent at UFC 249
FeatherweightUFC
May 8, 2020
Kattar will receive 30 percent of Jeremy Stephens' purse after Stephens missed weight by 4.5 pounds, Jose Youngs of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kattar held up his end of the bargain by making weight for the bout, so he will be at a disadvantage in that regard. Despite that and despite taking a loss via unanimous decision to Zabit Magomedsharipov in his previous bout last November, Kattar currently sits as a significant favorite (approximately -260) to claim victory versus Stephens on Saturday.
Locked in for new UFC 249
FeatherweightUFC
April 26, 2020
Kattar will officially take on Jeremy Stephens in a featherweight matchup at UFC 249 on May 9.
ANALYSIS
This is a matchup that was penciled in for UFC 248 in March, but later moved to the originally-scheduled UFC 249 on April 18. While that event was ultimately canceled, the promotion will move forward with this bout on the pay-per-view portion of the new UFC 249, which is set to take place in Jacksonville. While Kattar is coming off a close loss to top prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov, he still has more momentum than Stephens, who has been on the losing end in three consecutive bouts. Kattar will enter this fight as approximately a (-255) betting favorite.