Calvin Kattar Still Going Through Concussion Protocols Following Max Holloway Defeat

Kattar Max HollowayCalvin Kattar is still going through concussion protocols. That’s according to his New England Cartel teammate and UFC bantamweight Rob Font who provided an update on the exciting featherweight in a recent interview. Kattar, of course, is coming off a lopsided unanimous decision defeat to Max Holloway when they headlined against each other back in […]

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Calvin Kattar is still going through concussion protocols.

That’s according to his New England Cartel teammate and UFC bantamweight Rob Font who provided an update on the exciting featherweight in a recent interview.

Kattar, of course, is coming off a lopsided unanimous decision defeat to Max Holloway when they headlined against each other back in January.

Although Kattar showed plenty of heart to last the full five rounds, he was ultimately outclassed by the former featherweight king who went on to land a record 445 significant strikes.

And as things stand, Kattar is still being babied in the gym as he eases back into training.

“He’s in and out (of the gym),” Font said (via MyMMANews). “He’s kind of still going through the concussion protocols. He’s not concussed but they’re just babying him right now. So they’re having him do a lot of like little hand-eye coordination things, balance drills. Stuff like that — boring, non-contact type of stuff. He’s been holding pads for me. They just went to Florida for his birthday.

“He’s in and out. We’re trying to kick him out of the gym because he’s getting anxious. He’s kind of getting to that point where he wants to start moving around more. It’s like a little baby, we’re just trying to baby him right now. Like, ‘Slow down, you’ve got a lot of big fights, a busy year, just take time off and just hang out.’ But it’s hard, especially coming off of a loss. You want to get back and you want to fix everything you thought you messed up, and right now we can’t. So it’s one of those things where I want him back in the gym, but he shouldn’t be in the gym, so we’re trying to think of ways to keep him active inside the gym.”

While it’s frustrating for Kattar, taking it slow is the best thing he can do — especially given how much damage he took to the head against Holloway.

Brian Ortega Wouldn’t Feel Like A Champion Without Beating Max Holloway

OrtegaBrian Ortega won’t feel like a champion until he defeats Max Holloway. Ortega returns to action on March 27 when he challenges Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title in the co-main event of UFC 260. It will be his second attempt at the 145-pound strap after suffering a brutal fourth-round TKO defeat to Holloway in […]

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Brian Ortega won’t feel like a champion until he defeats Max Holloway.

Ortega returns to action on March 27 when he challenges Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title in the co-main event of UFC 260.

It will be his second attempt at the 145-pound strap after suffering a brutal fourth-round TKO defeat to Holloway in their title fight back in December 2018.

And while beating Volkanovski and inflicting the Aussie’s first UFC defeat would be some achievement, Ortega still can’t feel “100 percent the champ” until he exacts revenge on Holloway.

“I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately,” Ortega told ESPN (via MMA Junkie). “It’s like, OK, you win, you’re the champ, but this man beat you. I wouldn’t feel 100 percent the champ if I didn’t run it back. That man has that on his resume. He gave you your first loss, something you can never take from him. So now it’s like, well, we gotta make this right. So, yes, it would be amazing (to win the title) because there’s no credit taken from Alex Volkanovski. This man won twice over Max despite what everyone wants to talk about or say.

“Obviously it would be amazing to be a champ and say mission accomplished. You told yourself you’re gonna get this belt, and you did it. Congratulations. Now f*ck this belt – Max. I’m a fighter, bro. I think he said it, ‘Bro, you beat me one time, I’m gonna want to fight you again. You beat me two times, I’m gonna want to fight you 80 times so I can beat you,’ and that’s the same mentality that I have. You f*ck me up 20 times, I’m gonna come back the 21st time. I still want something. I’m stubborn or a competitor, whatever you want to call it, but I have that fire in me, and that’s how I got better in the gym.”

Of course, this is all under the assumption that Ortega beats Volkanovski.

That hasn’t happened as of yet, and “T-City” is not underestimating the current featherweight king at all.

“I feel like he’s very technical,” Ortega added. “I feel like it’s gonna be somewhat of that type of fight. The man is a specimen when he goes in there and how he moves and how he creates his opportunities and how he goes and wins rounds and does what he does. Then when you try and push the pace and someone knows how to stop you, you also get respect.

“So he’s an interesting one. So now it’s time to go in there and decipher this puzzle. Who knows what it’s gonna take? I still have to get punched by him and feel what it has to take or share the octagon with him, but it’s something I look forward to.”

Do you think Ortega can become featherweight champion and go on to face Holloway in a rematch?

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