Massachusetts’s Calvin Kattar has been out of the spotlight for a while following a devastating defeat at the hands of Max Holloway back in January. Kattar was given a 180-day medical suspension with 45 days of no contact following the bout. Just to be safe, Kattar instead is going 6 months without contact and has less than 20 days to go.
Tyson Chartier, Calvin Kattar’s head coach, told MMA Island that they’re aiming for an October return. The full interview has been attached below.
Who will welcome Kattar back to the octagon?
Calvin also spoke to me during a signing that he would like to fight The Korean Zombie or anyone else ranked higher than him. At the time of this writing, Calvin Kattar is ranked #5 behind Alexander Volkanovski, Max Holloway, Brian Ortega, Yair Rodriguez, and The Korean Zombie. Volkanovski and Ortega are scheduled to fight in September while Holloway and Rodriguez has been delayed until further notice. This leaves Zombie who recently defeated Dan Ige by decision, the same way Kattar beat him last year.
10th ranked Giga Chikadze also called out Kattar, but only as a stepping stone to get to Max Holloway, which did not sit well with Chartier. Chartier said the callout didn’t make sense since Kattar isn’t even available to fight yet. Chartier believed he should fight someone close to his rank, such as Edson Barboza. Some fans have also expressed they would like to see Kattar go against Barboza.
With Massachusett’s Covid restrictions ending last month, Calvin Kattar would like to fight at the TD Garden for his return. The last UFC event held at the Garden was UFC Boston 6 where Kattar was supposed to fight Zabit Magomedshairpov. This fight was moved to UFC Moscow 2 for unknown reasons from Magomedsharipov. Prior to that, Kattar last fought Shane Burgos at The Garden at UFC 220 back in 2018.