Calvin “The Boston Finisher” Kattar, 32, of Methuen, Massachusetts, United States earned his sixth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The mixed martial arts veteran was one of the “UFC on ESPN 13” winners.
Competing professionally since 2007, Kattar made his UFC debut in 2017. The first five opponents he defeated in the promotion were Andre Fili, Shane Burgos, Chris Fishgold, Ricardo Lamas and Jeremy Stephens.
Featuring 11 MMA matches, “UFC on ESPN 13” took place on the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on July 15, 2020 in the United States or July 16, 2020 in the UAE. In the main event, Kattar fought Dan “Dynamite” Ige, 28, of Honolulu, Hawaii, USA in the featherweight division.
Herb Dean served as the referee. After five five-minute rounds, the featherweight contest was left in the hands of the three judges.
Two judges scored it 49-46 and one judge saw it 48-47 in favor of the fighter in the red corner. In the end, Dean raised the hand of Kattar, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
This is the second time Kattar won a professional MMA bout via unanimous decision. Winning at “UFC on ESPN 3” improved his professional MMA record to 22 wins and 4 losses.
On the other hand, it was Ige’s second loss in the UFC. He now has 14 wins and 3 losses.
“UFC on ESPN 13” is the second UFC event to take place on the UFC Fight Island where 12 countries were represented namely Brazil, Canada, England, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Romania, Sweden, Tunisia, the UAE, the U.S. and Wales. Kattar and Ige were two of the nine representatives of the U.S.
In the co-main event, Tim Elliott, 33, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA defeated Ryan “Baby Face” Benoit, 30, of Dallas, Texas, USA via unanimous decision. They fought in the flyweight division.