Humanizing Athletes: UFC Fighter Calvin Kattar’s Favorite Things

Calvin Kattar elbow
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UFC Fighter Calvin Kattar (21-4)

MMA fighters are savages. They are the best athletes on the planet earth, however, they are also human and enjoy things just like you and me.

Calvin Kattar is one of the best fighters in the featherweight division. He is ranked No. 6 in UFC featherweight rankings, but he is still very underrated, which is dangerous for the division.

Kattar has five very impressive wins in his seven UFC fights. He is the only man to finish Shane Burgos and the only person to TKO Chris Fishgold. If his main event fight with No. 3 ranked Zabit Magomedsharipov would have been five rounds, he would have snapped his seven-year unbeaten streak.

Kattar had a great year in 2020. First, he rebounded from his loss to Magomedsharipov by brutally knocking out No. 7 ranked Jeremy Stephens at UFC 249, the first fight card back after the world went on lockdown. He finished Stephens in the second round via TKO, with a Boston elbow from hell, and then it followed up with punches.

Two months later, Kattar fought Dan Ige on the second of four consecutive ‘Fight Island’ cards in July. In the main event, Kattar won the fight via unanimous decision.

His quick turnaround win over Ige earned him a fight with former featherweight champion Max Holloway. Kattar and Holloway will fight in the main event of the first UFC card of 2021. They will also be apart of the first fight card to be shown on ABC.

Here is a list of UFC fighter Calvin Kattar’s favorite things.

  • Favorite food – Chicken Parmesan
  • Favorite drink – Synergy
  • Favorite color – Blue
  • Favorite movie – Goodfellas
  • Favorite TV show – Sopranos
  • Favorite videogame – Halo
  • Favorite song – House of the Rising Sun by The Animals
  • Favorite band or musician – Frank Sinatra
  • Favorite all-time fight to watch – Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti
  • Favorite knockout – Jorge Masvidal vs. Ben Askren
  • Favorite of your own fights – Fight against Shane Burgos
  • Favorite sport to watch other than MMA – Football
  • Favorite submission to practice – Arm triangle
  • Favorite athlete – Tom Brady
  • Favorite place to travel to – Brazil
  • Favorite animal – Dog
  • Favorite holiday – Thanksgiving
  • Favorite hobby – Golf
  • Favorite quote – “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift” -Steve Prefontaine 

You can follow UFC fighter Calvin Kattar on Instagram and Twitter.

Check out the rest of my Humanizing series.

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