Morning Report: Calvin Kattar ready to be backup for Alexander Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie


Calvin Kattar emphatically launched himself back into title contention with his recent win over Giga Chikadze.

Returning to the octagon, Kattar, a native of Methuen (Mass.), was subjected to one of the worst MMA beatings against Max Holloway. Kattar went on to channel his opponent and performed spectacularly against Chikadze.

In the case of an emergency for UFC 273 on Apr. 9, Kattar wants to get the call as the backup fighter for Alexander Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie also known as Chan Sung Jung.

“In my head, I’m planning on [being] the replacement,” Kattar said on the Believe You Me podcast with Michael Bisping. It’s still not happening, but they promised to let me know when they have a replacement for Volkanovski or ‘Zombie’. [I’m] Staying ready for the .”

Despite a solid showing against Dan Ige in June 2021, Jung wasn’t supposed to be the next challenger to Volkanovski. Holloway, a former champion, earned another chance by securing two victories over Kattar and Yair Rodrguez in November. The trilogy will have to wait, however, as “Blessed” was forced out with an injury.

In a way, the rule book has been thrown out the window in the 145-pound featherweight division since Australia’s Volkanovski took the throne. Defeating Holloway in back-to-back bouts surely shouldn’t lead to any thought of a third encounter after only two wins for the former champion. But Holloway’s stellar performances, along with the closely contested Volkanovski rematch, has many clamoring to see round 11.

Unfortunately for Hawaii’s finest, the injury bug paid him a visit, therefore opening opportunities for the likes of Jung and Kattar, who both are 1-1 in their most recent two outings.

“It’s not the fight that we asked for or wanted, but it’s the one we’re gonna get,” Kattar said of Volkanovski vs. Jung. It’s a good fight. I think it’ll make for an exciting matchup for sure. I don’t think those two guys could be in a fight without being exciting. It would be easy to think that the champion is right. We’ll see what ‘Zombie’ does.”


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