Calvin Kattar Says He’s More Than Ready to Face Alexander Volkanovski
By FCF Staff
Kattar took on Dan Ige in the card’s main event, and outstruck the contender en route to a decision win. While talking to the press afterward, the 32-year-old explained why he doesn’t plan to call out Volkanovski (quote via MMA Junkie).
“If I make my case, I don’t (have) to do it with my mouth. I do it in the cage.” Kattar said. “All these other guys, they all talk. Where I’m from, we don’t really talk about stuff too much. We go out and prove. We earn it. Here, (shot-calling) is not really the business model, so it’s a little bit of an adjustment for me. I go out. I fight and I try to earn every opportunity in front of me. The champ should see that. He’s saying he wants contenders and you’re not going to find one more ready than myself.”
The Massachusetts’s fighter was also asked to weigh in on how he sees a fight between him and Volkanovski going.
“I see it (going well),” Kattar said. “He’s a little shorter for the division. You see how I match up with the shorter guys. I like my reach. But then again, he did well with Max who’s another taller guy in the division. He’s a tough kid. Everybody in the top 10 (or) top five is going to be tough. I just think I present other qualities that will get the job done. Yeah, tough kid. I see myself beating everybody they put in there with me. The champ is no different.”
Kattar (22-4) has won two straight now since he lost via decision to Zabit Magomedsharipov last November, and he’s gone 6-2 to date in the UFC.
Heading into Wednesday’s event, Kattar was ranked #6 in the UFC’s featherweight division.
Volkanovksi (22-1), meanwhile, is coming off a razor-thin, split decision win over Max Holloway at UFC 251 last weekend.
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