Zabit Magomedsharipov Set To Return Against Calvin Kattar In Boston Barnburner

Zabit Magomedsharipov guarantees a great show for mixed martial arts fans when he returns to action this October.

Winning five straight fights in his young UFC career, the Russian fighter has turned himself into a legit contender, with three of those victories coming by way of submission.

Overall, he is boasting a perfect 13-0 win-loss slate in his professional MMA career.

Preserving his unbeaten record, Magomedsharipov cruised to a unanimous decision win against the sixth-ranked Jeremy Stephen in his last UFC bout.

For his next outing, he will be facing the 31-year-old featherweight Calvin Kattar in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN 6, according to a report from ESPN.

The featherweight clash, which is expected to be a barnburner affair, will go down at TD Garden in Boston this October 18.

With a potential title shot up for grabs, Magomedsharipov, who is also known as ‘Zabeast,’ vows to give the fans an entertaining scrap with Kattar.

Great Opponent

Despite facing a lower-ranked opponent, the 28-year old Russian said he is not resting on his laurels as he sees Kattar as a tough challenge, who possesses a hard punch.

“Either way, all the opponents who stand higher in the rankings already have their fights scheduled, and Calvin was the highest ranked opponent available,” he told RT Sport in an exclusive interview.

Known for his flashy style, Magomedsharipov promised to bring the fireworks at the UFC co-headlining bout.

“And I don’t want to wait, I’d even say that my break between fights is a bit too long.”

“If you think about it, I fought Jeremy Stephens in March, and my next fight is going to be in October.”

“Yes, Calvin is a great opponent, he has a hard punch and it would be silly to underestimate him.”

“I love his style, and I think we’ll put on a great show.”

Fight Preparation

With his next fight happening in the US instead of his home country as previous reports claimed, Zabit said it is not a bad option after all as long as he stars in his first co-headlining fight.

“Possibly because Calvin Kattar is a Boston native and with this fight they want to attract the attention of local fans.”

“Plus in Boston I will take part in the co-main event fight for the first time in my UFC career. So after it’s not a bad option after all.”

The featherweight fan favourite is currently training in Thailand but plans to fly to the States for his training camp ahead of UFC Boston.

“Me and my coach Mansur Uchekaev will go to the States beforehand, so we could work with my US coaches Mark Henry and Ricardo Almeida.”

“This is our standard routine during fight preparation.”

“Plus as I’ve mentioned before, there are fewer distractions when I train in the States. So at the end of August I plan to fly to New York.”

Who do you think will win the UFC Boston co-main event bout?

Can ‘Zabeast’ secure win number six?

(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Calvin Kattar and Zabit Magomedsharipov)

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