Zabeast is back: Rising Russian featherweight Magomedsharipov to face Calvin Kattar at UFC Boston
Russian UFC star Zabit Magomedsharipov will seek to cement his status as a serious featherweight contender when he takes on Calvin Kattar in the UFC Boston co-headliner.
Dagestan fighter Magomedsharipov, 28, and Massachusetts native Kattar, 31, will face off at TD Garden on October 18.
The news was first reported by ESPN's Brett Okamoto, citing promotion chief Dana White, and was subsequently confirmed to RT Sport by Magomedsharipov.
The Russian – nicknamed 'Zabeast' – is undefeated in five fights since joining the UFC and is touted as among the most promising title contenders in the division ruled over by Hawaii's Max 'Blessed' Holloway.Also on rt.com 'I’m coming for Holloway soon': Russian UFC star Zabit Magomedsharipov on title plans (VIDEO)
His last outing was a unanimous decision win against Jeremy Stephens at UFC 235 in March, and he will head into the bout against Kattar on a 13-fight win streak.
Breaking: Per Dana White, Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Calvin Kattar will co-headline UFC Fight Night on Oct. 18 in Boston. LOVE this fight. Magomedsharipov already being crowned as a future champ by some, but Kattar wanted this one, I'm told. Home game for the MA native.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 7, 2019
Kattar, who is 4-1 in the UFC, scored a big first-round KO win against Ricardo Lamas at UFC 238 in June and will enjoy strong home support in Boston.
In Magomedsharipov (17-1 overall) he will face one of the most intriguing prospects in the division, and one whose languid style belies a fluid and devastatingly effective striking and ground game.Also on rt.com 'Zabeast': Russian star Zabit shines in biggest win of career at UFC 235
The UFC Fight Night event will be headlined by the light heavyweight bout between former middleweight champ Chris Weidman and fellow American fighter Dominick Reyes.