FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Calvin Kattar
By Dan McConnell
This weekend live sport got back underway with the UFC bringing their octagon to Florida for UFC 249.
A stacked card was put together despite the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, with sports fans from all over the world tuning into get their much needed sports entertainment fix.
This weeks FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week could have gone either way. Notable mentions go to Bryce Mitchell who looked slick from the first bell in defeating Charles Rosa on the prelims. Also props to Vicente Luque and Niko Price who gave us an all out war!
Francis Ngannou destroyed fellow heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik with a 20-second knockout victory. While Justin Gaethje shocked the MMA world by putting on a master class to beat former unbeaten lightweight wizard Tony Ferguson.
However, top featherweight Calvin Kattar impressed me most this past Saturday night, with a stunning performance over Jeremy Stephens to earn this weeks MMA Fighter of the Week award!
A fight that was seen as a potential sleeper on the card did not disappoint. The Boston born Kattar stunned the Iowa born Stephens, with a deadly duo of elbow strikes to get his hand raised.
Kattar and Stephens in the first round traded bombs, with Kattar arguable landing the heavier shots.
In the second, Kattar landed a huge elbow clean to the jaw and dropped ‘Lil Heathen’ who has become a gatekeeper for the 145-pound division.
Kattar quickly smelt blood in the water and pounced on the stunned Stephens, landing a huge right followed up with another gashing elbow that opened a huge cut on his opponents forehead forcing the referee to stop the fight.
Described by commentator Jon Anik as a ‘busting bomb’ and one that put Calvin Kattar’s name back in the mix.
In his post-fight interview Kattar fittingly said ‘tough times don’t last, but tough people do. Keep fighting and we’ll get through this’.
At the age of 32, Calvin Kattar has beaten the likes of Andre Filli and Ricardo Lamas, as well as taken on the feared Zabit Magomedsharipov and forced him to a decision.
With this victory Kattar takes his professional record to 21-4 and now climbs up the ladder into the top 5 rankings of the featherweight division.
A possible matchup with the likes of Yair Rodriguez or Frankie Edgar is something I’d like to see next.