Kattar Edges Out Ige in UFC Headliner
It was Kattar’s first time going five rounds in the UFC — other than championship and headlining bouts, the fights are typically three rounds. When Kattar’s hand was raised in the decision, his nose looked broken, but he appeared to have suffered nowhere near the same damage as his opponent, whose right eye was swollen shut and his face covered with numerous bruises and scrapes from their back-and-forth war.
Kattar is a 32-year-old mixed martial artist, notable for strong wrestling and boxing skills. The victory improves his record to 22 wins and 4 loses. Following the fight, Kattar called out reigning featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski, who recently defended his title against Max Holloway. Like Kattar, Volkanovski is respected for both his punching and wrestling abilities.
“The champ says he wants some contenders?” Kattar said in a post-fight interview, “He’s got one in me.”
Prior to last night’s event, Kattar was ranked number six in the division. It’s not clear if the results were enough to push him to the point of title contention, but it certainly puts him closer.
Participants in the event were required to go through unusual steps to participate, including rigorous screenings and a 48-hour quarantine. This was the fourth in a series of “Fight Island” events, in which a section of Yas Island is cordoned off for UFC fighters and staff to help ensure their safety. The safe zone includes some special fighter amenities, such as a golf course and an octagon on the beach for practice sessions.
To learn more about Kattar’s early days in the sport, check out his 2012 mvm profile here. >>>