Calvin Kattar open to Jeremy Stephens fight … if it headlines UFC Boston

Calvin Kattar has been one of the more talked about featherweight rising stars since his first-round knockout win over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 238.

And it seems that he is now on multiple fighters’ radar, including Jeremy Stephens, who pulled him aside this past Saturday for a chat with matchmaker Sean Shelby.

“He grabbed me yesterday when we were watching the fights,” Kattar told MMA Junkie Radio on Stephens. “I was at the T-Mobile (Arena) and we were at the top, at the bar area and he came up and tapped me on the arm and asked me if I could come with him, and he brought me up to Sean Shelby who was there. He mentioned TD Garden in Boston, what’s up with that, let’s make it happen and I told him let’s do it so we’ll see.”

Kattar (20-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is definitely open to a potential fan friendly matchup with Stephens (28-16 MMA, 15-15 UFC), under one condition though, he gets to headline the upcoming UFC Boston card at the TD Garden on Oct. 18.

“We’ll see, hopefully it happens in Boston, I would love to headline,” Kattar said. “If that’s a name me fighting, will get me the headline position then Jeremy Stephens it is, if it’s not then I want someone who is worth headlining at TD Garden in Boston.”

And Stephens proceeded to post a picture on Instagram of the conversation the two of them had with Shelby, rallying for the fight. Kattar sees what Stephens is trying to do but believes that stylistically, the fight is one fans will want to tune in for, regardless.

“I get it, he’s selling the fight,” Stephens said. “Let’s sell the fight, let’s make it happen but I think that fight will sell itself almost in a sense and just knowing each style and what we bring to the table and when we come to fight, we come to fight. You know what you’re getting with me, you know what you’re getting with Jeremy Stephens. It would be a banger of a headline card, I would love to do it.”

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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