Calvin Kattar backs Alexander Volkanovski over Islam Makhachev. There are no concerns raised by Calvin Kattar about Alexander Volkanovski’s bid for a second championship. He cheers for the champion of the featherweight division.
UFC 280 took place on Saturday, and Islam Makhachev won the lightweight championship via submission over Charles Oliveira.
Makhachev And Coach Khabib Nurmagomedov Wanted to Fight
Makhachev and his coach Khabib Nurmagomedov advocated for a battle against Volkanovski during the post-fight interview that took place after the fight. The event in question will take place at UFC 284 in Perth, Australia.
Volkanovski graciously complied, and as a result, it seems like the battle will go through as planned.
Because of this, it is very improbable that the UFC featherweight championship will be defended for at least nine months, if not longer. However, Kattar, who is now rated fifth among contenders by the UFC, does not see any problem with it.
On The MMA Hour, he congratulated the champion by saying, “Shout out to the champ.” “I admire what he’s trying to do. There is no animosity against this individual.
That is the mentality that a champion has to have: they need to want to compete, be trying themselves out in the world, want to be great, and see how far they can push themselves.
I’m pulling for him in that battle against Islam, even though it’s clear he’s got a lot on his plate already.
“[Makhachev] is a monstrous man. However, I like the mentality and the desire to go out and do what has to be done to be successful.
I’d be thrilled to see it, and right now I’m just working hard to go closer to the top of the ladder so that I can challenge him or whoever is next in line for these championship fights and have my name brought up in conversation.
Volkanovski Is Rated No. 1 Pound-For-Pound
Volkanovski is presently ranked as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and he just turned in the best performance of his professional MMA career when he dominated Max Holloway in the third and final battle of their trilogy, which took place at UFC 276.
After achieving this victory, “The Great” actively pursued a crack at the lightweight championship and even participated in the main event of UFC 280 as a support fighter.
Volkanovski, who was brought into the cage after Makhachev’s victory to set up a future battle, was successful with his backup technique, which saw him win the fight. According to Kattar, this demonstrates exactly how far Volkanovski is ready to go to get what he wants.
Kattar described such a way of thinking as “that attitude.” “You have to have that attitude, the mentality of a winner. It has my respect. I adore it.
It would be a privilege to go up against him one day, but in the meanwhile, it’s a lot of fun to watch him take risks and try to be the best he can be.
UFC 284, which will be held at the RAC Arena on February 12, is scheduled to take place even though the fight has not yet been made public.
Even though Volkanovski will be competing in his stadium, the general view is that this will not be of significant benefit to him. Makhachev has already begun as a betting favorite over Volkanovski with a price of -360, which indicates a victory probability of 78.3 percent.
Kattar, for one, believes Volkanovski has a chance to enter the ranks of the champion champs and will be rooting for him to do so, even though the chances of his doing so are quite low.
Kattar said that since you are the “Pound-for-Pound F***** No. 1 in the World,” you have a good chance of winning against anybody. “Oh, hell yes. He is competitive with all of the other people. I’m pulling for the guy who weighs ’45 pounds.
That’s the weight class I compete in. I’m not hating. It has my respect. I’m pulling for him and I’m crossing my fingers that he’s successful.