Calvin Kattar Willing To Serve As Backup To Alexander Volkanovski vs. Chan Sung Jung At UFC 273

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 18, 2022

    Off the back of a stellar performance in the main event of UFC Vegas 46 on Saturday, Calvin Kattar has insisted that should the organization require him to serve as the backup to the UFC 273 main event on April 9. between Alexander Volkanovski, and Chan Sung Jung – he would make himself available.

    Headlining UFC Vegas 46 on Saturday, Kattar, returning from a devastating unanimous decision loss to former undisputed featherweight champion, Max Holloway just a year prior – managed to lodge his own damaging unanimous decision victory against the #8 ranked, Giga Chikadze – handing the Georgian his first promotional loss. 

    The New England Cartel native saw his two-fight winning run halted by Holloway in record-setting fashion last January, however, rebounded in spectacular fashion last weekend against Tbilisi striker, Chikadze, slicing and cutting the Kings MMA trainee with a series of slashing en route to an eventual one-sided unanimous judging (50-45, 50-45, 50-44) triumph.

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    In the time since his victory over Chikadze, Kattar has been linked to potential high-profile title-eliminators against one-time title challenger, Brian Ortega, and the recent returner, Yair Rodriguez. And given the fact the #5 ranked contender now sits behind challenger, Jung as the next highest-ranked contender coming off a victory, he admitted should the UFC require his services on short notice on April 9. to fight for featherweight gold, he would be available.

    “I mean, yeah, it would be a plus if I got in – and if not, a backup,” Calvin Kattar told James Lynch on The Fanatics View. “Sh*t, I’ll take some money to go cut weight even though, I mean, I’m usually – gives me another reason to walk around being ready to go, getting paid for it. That’s usually what I’m doing anyway, just staying in the gym.”

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    “As far as Giga (Chikadze) just running his mouth – the only positive to all that was, ‘Yeah, go ahead and jaw for that title all you want, tell everybody you’re next in line, 7-0 in the UFC, the last seven fights, solid definitely, I get the argument, but you gotta take out a couple more big names,’” Calvin Kattar continued. “The more he (Giga Chikadze) jawed for that position, I knew a win over him puts me with all that hype he was trying to build and all that momentum. Now I’m in a position where, coming off that big win, yeah, if they (the UFC) need me, I’m ready to go.”

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    3-1 in his last four Octagon outings, prior to his loss to Holloway, Kattar headlined UFC Fight Island 1 in July 2020, besting Dan Ige over five rounds, which followed a stunning second round knockout win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 249 in May of that year.