New England Natives Back in the Octagon

| January 19, 2018 | 2 Comments

BOSTON – UFC returns to Boston this Saturday night featuring two world championships and several New England fighters on the promotion’s 220th card.  Bantamweight Rob Font (14-3) and Featherweight Calvin Kattar (17-2) return to the UFC’s Octagon this time fighting on familiar soil and in their backyards.

“It feels amazing. Logistically it’s easier with no flights and stuff but there is some added pressure to perform for the local crowd. But I love it. I love the the cheers and the support,” said Font.

Font faces off against Muay Thai specialist Thomas Almeida (21-2). When Font heard about the card being in Boston, he jumped at the opportunity.

“When we heard about the Boston show we jumped right away and the Almeida fight made sense. I had a feeling I would be fighting either Almeida or Barao next so this was perfect,” said Font.

Kattar returns to the Octagon after taking his previous UFC bout on just two weeks notice.  He faces off against an undefeated Shane Burgos (10-0) after his decision win at UFC 214.

“I’ve had over 10 weeks for this one so my confidence that I am ready couldn’t be higher. I love taking people’s undefeated record from them.  My team watched a lot of film and helps look for areas where we can have an advantage.  We have a few ideas on where we feel we can really take this fight over,” said Kattar.

Font and Kattar are both managed under the same banner with Tyson Chartier as their lead.  Training together has been critical for each fighter to properly prepare for what will be a massive card Saturday night.

“It’s crazy how much he [Font] has helped me.  He taught me what a professional trains like.  He motivates me to keep pushing and keep improving.  Also on the mental side he’s been a great asset helping me understand what to expect and how to handle everything. I’m lucky to have such good teammates like him,” said Calvin.

UFC 220 begins at 6 pm EST with prelims beginning featured on UFC Fight Pass.

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  1. Dan Bonnell says:

    Good luck guys!

    Glad to see New England so well represented.

    • Eric says:

      You sure it was the UFC I was watching? Looked like a boxing match. That’s 4 fights without anyone going for a take down on Katter. I like the stand up game, but at some point someone should have went for a take down. The most emotion I seen from the 2 of them is after the fight was over. No clinch, knees, elbows, really!#GotoBoxing #fakeufc

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