Manager eyes ‘fun’ Calvin Kattar, ‘Korean Zombie’ fight, dismisses ‘frustrating’ Arnold Allen booking

Calvin KattarNew England Cartel leader and manager, Tyson Chartier has fielded a potential fight between his student and client, Calvin Kattar, and two-time division title challenger, Chan Sung Jung next – claiming that he has become frustrated attempting to find Kattar a bout against the surging, Arnold Allen. Kattar, the current #5 ranked featherweight contender, was […]

Calvin Kattar

New England Cartel leader and manager, Tyson Chartier has fielded a potential fight between his student and client, Calvin Kattar, and two-time division title challenger, Chan Sung Jung next – claiming that he has become frustrated attempting to find Kattar a bout against the surging, Arnold Allen.

Kattar, the current #5 ranked featherweight contender, was defeated last time out in the main event of UFC Austin back in June, battling over the course of five rounds in a close split decision loss against Josh Emmett. The ‘Lone Star State’ main event earned both Kattar and Emmett a Fight of the Night bonus.

As for Jung, the faltering veteran suffered a hugely one-sided, eventual fourth round knockout loss to featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski back in April in the main event of UFC 273. And has noted his interest in one final outing in his native South Korea before a career swansong. 

Speaking on some movement on his client, Kattar’s next fight, Chartier floated a potential matchup against Jung – which he described as “fun”, as well as claiming fight negotiations with Ipswitch technician, Allen were becoming more and more “frustrating”.

“The ‘Zombie’ fight is fun,” Tyson Chartier told MMA Junkie during a recent interview. “They’re both (Calvin Kattar and Chan Sung Jung) coming off losses. He’s already been resting a little bit. We probably don’t need as long of a rest, so I think the timeline matches up. Arnold Allen is not even worth trying to book.”

“We’ve been offered him before, we accepted, it was a frustrating fight to try to book. It seems like he’s (Arnold Allen) always either injured or wants to go on vacation or a concert with his girlfriend, or I don’t know. But he called us out and we said yes, we’ll fight you in 10 weeks, and he said, ‘Well, that’s not long enough.’” 

“So we want to fight real fighters,” Tyson Chartier said of Calvin Kattar’s future. “I’m not saying he’s (Allen) not a real fighter, but if you can’t be ready to fight in 10 weeks coming off a win, then maybe you’re in the wrong sport. I don’t know. It’s frustrating.”

“So, yeah, we’ll see. I think the ‘Zombie’ fight makes a lot of sense. I think it’s a fun fight, he’s a banger, he’ll probably try and wrestle us a little bit. Calvin has shown that he has good takedown defense, so then that means it turns into a nice Calvin Kattar fight.” 

Calvin Kattar returned triumphantly back in January in a dominant win

At the beginning of the year, Kattar returned from a lengthy sidelining to turn in a vintage striking display en route to a one-sided unanimous decision battering of Georgian kickboxer, Giga Chikadze – returning him to the winner’s enclosure.

Arnold Allen Believes He Is Ready To Fight A Top Five Fighter In The Featherweight Division

Arnold AllenArnold Allen believes that he has done enough to earn a top contender. Allen is currently undefeated in the UFC with a perfect record of 9-0, and is coming off a big win over Dan Hooker. Allen is currently on a path towards challenging for the Featherweight title.  A top five fighter in the division […]

Arnold Allen

Arnold Allen believes that he has done enough to earn a top contender.

Allen is currently undefeated in the UFC with a perfect record of 9-0, and is coming off a big win over Dan Hooker. Allen is currently on a path towards challenging for the Featherweight title. 

A top five fighter in the division is what’s next for the rising contender. He is currently the sixth ranked fighter in the division. A matchup against Calvin Kattar or Josh Emmett may be in the cards for Allen. 

Arnold Allen’s dominance has earned himself a shot at a top contender 

“Anyone in that top five,” Allen said backstage at UFC Fight Night 208 in London this past Saturday. “I’m 9-0 in the UFC. I don’t even know my record total, but it’s pretty good I think. I feel like I deserve or if anyone deserves to fight upwards, it’s probably me. I’m 9-0 in the UFC. I just finished Dan Hooker. Give me somebody in that top five – any of them.” (Transcribed by MMAJunkie)

Allen would like to test himself in a five round fight, so the Brit may be looking to headline a Fight Night in the near future. Allen is one of the best strikers in the division, to go along with fantastic grappling. 

“The one thing I really want is to try and get a five-rounder,” Allen said. “My aspirations are title fights, and it would be pretty sh*t to go into a title fight never fighting a five-rounder. But if there’s a three-rounder going and that’s all there is for the end of the year, then that is what it is.”

Allen wants to take the next step and is ready to prove he is an elite level fighter. He had even brought up the possibility of an interim title match, with Alexander Volkanovski possibly being sidelined for an extended period.

Exclusive – Shane Burgos Welcomes ‘Banger’ With Arnold Allen, Eyes MSG Return At UFC 281

Shane BurgosOff the back of another barn-burning outing earlier this month at UFC Long Island, Shane Burgos has weighed up his future with the promotion as he enters free agency, however, has welcomed the opportunity to fight in New York once more before the close of the year at UFC 281 in November.  Burgos, who improved […]

Shane Burgos

Off the back of another barn-burning outing earlier this month at UFC Long Island, Shane Burgos has weighed up his future with the promotion as he enters free agency, however, has welcomed the opportunity to fight in New York once more before the close of the year at UFC 281 in November. 

Burgos, who improved to 7-0 in the promotion whilst fighting in his home state earlier this month, managed to find himself on the winning side of a close, majority decision win against fellow division standout, Charles Jourdain. 

In the midst of a two-fight winning run, Burgos previously featured at Madison Square Garden back in October of last year at UFC 268, the Bronx native defeated Billy Quarantillo with an impressive unanimous decision win.

Dana White welcomed the opportunity to ink a new contract with Shane Burgos

Entering free agency off the back of his contractual obligations completions against Jourdain at UFC on ABC 3, Burgos, who remains open to the possibility of re-upping with the organization – amid welcomes from UFC president, Dana White, noting his willingness to fight at MSG in November once more.

“Before the end of the year, I would love to be back – before the end of the year,” Shane Burgos told LowKick MMA reporter, Michael Owens. “I don’t know the exact date – November 12., they (the UFC) have that MSG (Madison Square Garden) show (UFC 281) – but I’m not opposed to fighting outside the state (of New York) at all.”

“I’ve done it seven times, I’m 7-0 in New York which is awesome, I love to be able to say that,” Shane Burgos continued. “My favorite part about fighting in Long Island, was fighting at 2:30 p.m. – that was f*cking awesome. … If you’re gonna put me in New York, give me the early time slots.” 

Weighing up his next opponent following prior callouts of both Dan Ige and veteran division contender, Chan Sung Jung, Burgos labelled a potential fight the streaking, Arnold Allen in the UK a “banger”.

“That would be a banger, that would be a banger,” Shane Burgos said. “… That would be f*cking wild – in a football stadium, too. That would get my blood pumping.” 

15-3 as a professional, during his Octagon tenure which began back in December 2016, Burgos has landed other promotional wins against Tiago Trator, Charles Rosa, Godofredo Pepey, Kurt Holobaugh, Cub Swanson, and Makwan Amirkhani.

Dan Hooker: If I Beat Arnold Allen, I’m On A 9-Fight Win Streak

UFC fan favorite Dan Hooker is looking forward to taking Arnold Allen’s featherweight momentum this weekend at UFC London. After falling to some of the top names at lightweight, leaving him 1-3 across his last four in the division, Hooker will return to 145 pounds for the first time since 2016 on Saturday. In his…

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UFC fan favorite Dan Hooker is looking forward to taking Arnold Allen’s featherweight momentum this weekend at UFC London.

After falling to some of the top names at lightweight, leaving him 1-3 across his last four in the division, Hooker will return to 145 pounds for the first time since 2016 on Saturday.

In his way of a successful return to the weight class will be Arnold Allen. The #7-ranked contender is unbeaten in the UFC at 8-0, a record that includes victories over Nik Lentz and Sodiq Yusuff. The “Almighty” Englishman will be hoping to surge into the title picture by adding the established name of Hooker to his résumé next.

But while Allen’s goal is to take an unblemished 9-0 slate towards the top five, “The Hangman” is looking to nab that win streak from the 28-year-old’s grasp.

Hooker: “I’m Taking That Win Streak”

Despite recording wins over high-level names like Gilbert Burns, Al Iaquinta, and Paul Felder at lightweight, Hooker believes featherweight is the weight he can thrive at. He’s looking to show that, as well as a decade of hard work, when he shares the Octagon with Allen inside London’s O2 Arena on March 19.

And while leaving with a victory over the Ipswich native is the aim, the New Zealander believes a triumph on Saturday will see him exit the Octagon with a whole lot more than a sole success.

“Man, he’s on an eight-fight win streak. I saw one of those things (graphics) pop up, and there’s only Max Holloway ahead of him,” noted Hooker at UFC London media day on Wednesday. “I saw José Aldo’s win streak was only a six-fight win streak. So you have to say, an eight-fight win streak puts him up there. He’s the second-longest win streak in featherweight history. So, that is to be respected. He just hasn’t had that name. The guys that he’s beaten have obviously been world class and incredibly talented, but they just didn’t have that drawing power.

“It’s a win-win situation for the UFC. Either they get a guy on a win streak that beats someone with some name value, or they get a guy with some name value who—I’m taking that win streak. After this, I’m gonna be on a nine-fight win streak. So I’m excited to move on to the future on my nine-fight win streak,” Hooker jested.

Hooker’s pursuit of a return to title contention, which could see him match-up with City Kickboxing teammate Alexander Volkanovski down the line, begins this weekend.

With the weight of travel restrictions lifted from his shoulders and an apparent “easy” cut back to featherweight, Hooker will be hoping to show the best version of himself to date when he enters the Octagon for the first time in 2022.

Who are you backing this weekend, Arnold Allen or Dan Hooker?

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Watch: O2 Arena Ripped Apart By Storm Weeks Before UFC London

It appears the UFC’s long-awaited return to London, England may have hit another roadblock in the form of Britain’s worst storm in decades. On March 19, MMA’s premier promotion is set to host a card in England’s capital for the first time since 2019. After an attempt to cross the Atlantic proved unsuccessful last September,…

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It appears the UFC’s long-awaited return to London, England may have hit another roadblock in the form of Britain’s worst storm in decades.

On March 19, MMA’s premier promotion is set to host a card in England’s capital for the first time since 2019. After an attempt to cross the Atlantic proved unsuccessful last September, the UK audience has finally had an event officially confirmed, one that sold out in minutes.

But an extreme weather event may be about to throw a spanner in the works. As Storm Eunice causes havoc across the British Isles and delivers record-breaking gusts, damage is inevitable. What most probably hadn’t banked on, though, was the roof of the O2 Arena being torn off…

While it’s uncertain how serious the damage is and what a potential repair timeline will look like, the storm continues to rage on. With that in mind, it’s unlikely the venue will remain in its current state, with further destruction expected.

It’s impossible to tell at this stage whether UFC London will be affected. However, with WBC Cruiserweight World Champion Lawrence Okolie set to make his second defense against challenger Michel Cieslak next weekend at the O2, we can expect the status of the March 19 UFC Fight Night to become clearer towards the end of the month.

The O2 Is Set To Host A Stacked British Showcase

Having been kept to US-based events and Abu Dhabi-held cards since the COVID-19 pandemic caused havoc in 2020, the UFC has understandably pulled out all the stops ahead of its return to overseas events.

As well as the presence of top UK names and prospects like Tom Aspinall, Arnold Allen, Paddy Pimblett, Paul Craig, and Molly McCann, well-known international fighters like Dan Hooker, Ilia Topuria, Nikita Krylov, Gunnar Nelson, and Alexander Volkov are also set to enter the cage inside London’s O2 Arena.

With a host of exciting matchups set, fans will certainly be hoping any more damage to the host venue as a result of Storm Eunice is limited.

Listed below are the fights currently expected to go down on March 19 in London, England:

Alexander Volkov vs. Tom Aspinall (heavyweight main event)

Dan Hooker vs. Arnold Allen (featherweight)

Paul Craig vs. Nikita Krylov (light heavyweight)

Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Sergei Pavlovich (heavyweight)

Jack Shore vs. Timur Valiev (bantamweight)

Paddy Pimblett vs. Kazula Vargas (lightweight)

Gunnar Nelson vs. Claudio Silva (welterweight)

Nathanial Wood vs. Liudvik Sholinian (bantamweight)

Ilia Topuria vs. Jai Herbert (lightweight)

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Mike Grundy (featherweight)

Molly McCann vs. Luana Carolina (women’s flyweight)

Cody Durden vs. Muhammad Mokaev (flyweight)

Cory McKenna vs. Elise Reed (women’s strawweight)

Which UFC London fight are you most looking forward to on March 19?

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Arnold Allen Thinks He Should Be Tested By USADA More Often

Arnold Allen admits that he believes USADA should come knocking more often. The English featherweight Arnold Allen is on a roll lately. He has won 10 fights in a row, including all eight he has had in the UFC. He is quickly rising up the featherweight rankings and proving that he has what it takes…

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Arnold Allen admits that he believes USADA should come knocking more often.

The English featherweight Arnold Allen is on a roll lately. He has won 10 fights in a row, including all eight he has had in the UFC. He is quickly rising up the featherweight rankings and proving that he has what it takes to fight some of the best at 145 pounds.

Allen is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Sodiq Yusuff last April. Since then, he has been pretty quiet, until recently.

Allen booked a fight against Dan Hooker for the upcoming London card in March. Allen spoke recently to The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani about the U.S Anti-Doping Agency testing and why he feels the testing should be happening more often.

“I feel like I don’t get tested that much to be honest,” Allen said. “There was a lot of time before I hadn’t been tested once in England and then suddenly they start testing and then during COVID there wasn’t much testing. It’s been a bit quiet.”

Allen’s father was a strongman who he admitted did take steroids during his lifting days. Having discussed this brought about the issue of his own drug testing in the UFC.

Since the insertion of the USADA testing back in 2015, several fighters have been caught or suspended for failing to uphold the drug policy. Allen has not had any trouble himself but feels things could be run a little tighter in that department.

“I don’t even remember maybe before Christmas (when asked about the last time he was tested), yeah I don’t know. I’m also traveling every other minute with these drives three times a week so I don’t know how it would work. I put it in the thing, in the app, telling them where I’m at, maybe they’ll come get me at the truck stop, in the showers.”

According to the USADA website, Allen was tested once so far in 2022, unlike Israel Adesanya and Michael Chandler who have each been tested six times this year.

Drug testing in the sport is always a hot-button issue. Recently, Sean Strickland suggested a lifetime ban for those who break the drug policy. Allen, although among the least tested, is open to more thorough protocols.

Do you think the USADA should be testing fighters more often?

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