Fighter Profile: Pat Sabatini

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Pat Sabatini is one of the best new fighters the UFC has signed in the last year he has started his UFC career a perfect 3-0 and has an impressive 16-3 record for his professional MMA career. The former two time Cage Fury Featherweight Champion is no stranger to big fights and will soon be in for some of the biggest fights of his career as he scales the summit of the UFC Featherweight division.

Sabatini was born November 9, 1990 in Bristol, PA he still trains out of his native Pennsylvania. Sabatini played sports growing up including hockey, but would take to Martial Arts after being bullied and getting his head stuck in a urinal by said bully. Sabatini would start with Karate and then would switch to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He’d later achieve a Black Belt under Daniel Gracie. Sabatini would later take up Wrestling and Sambo and would eventually transition to Mixed Martial Arts.
Sabatini would make his amateur debut in 2008. During his amateur career he’d have a perfect record. Sabatini would make his professional debut in April of 2014 against Jacob Bohn in The Cage Fury Fighting Championship promotion. He’d win his professional debut in the first round with a Submission (rear-naked choke.) Sabatini would go on to face Shelby Graham, in October of that same year he’d again get the victory with a Submission (rear-naked choke.) Sabatini would get a loss in his next outing, but this did not phase him as he’d go on to win his next five in a row including the Cage Fury Fighting Championship with a Submission (Heel Hook.)

On Saturday Sabatini is facing off against T.J. Laramie at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas hopefully he comes away with a win.

What’s Next For Brian Ortega?

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Brian Ortega put on the best fight of the year in all of MMA and in 2021 and since that fight in September Ortega has been on medical suspension and it is halfway done and will end in March, so in this piece we look at possibilities for what’s next for Ortega. Ortega is one of the best Jiu Jitsu practitioner in the UFC promtion and MMA as a whole. His submissions almost got him a title in 2021 and we think there are some great fights that Ortega could partake in. Could a fight with number three ranked Yair Rodriquez be in the cards. Another possibility would be a fight between Ortega and the winner of the next UFC Fight Night headlining bout between Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze. Or could a rematch between Alexander Volkanovski be in the cards.

One of the most interesting fights would be a fight between Ortega and Rodriquez. Rodriquez is coming off a loss to Max Holloway in a title eliminator in November. Rodriquez has an impressive record with his only losses in the UFC coming against Frankie Edgar and Max Holloway.  Rodriquez had an impressive record of 5-1 before reaching the UFC and his striking is very good. He holds a black belt in Taekwondo and four of his 13 wins have come by knockout. Rodriquez has submission skills too, but if he were to face Ortega in the UFC Octagon I think he’d definitely want to keep the fight standing as Ortega’s Jiu Jitsu is next level. This striker vs. Grappler matchup would be a great fight.

Another possible matchup for Ortega could be the winner of the bout between Calvin Kattar and Giga Chikadze. Kattar has a wrestling background and it would be interesting to see his wrestling matched up against Ortega’s Jiu jitsu. It would make for a great matchup. Kattar has a pretty good record at 22-5 and is coming off a loss to the greatest Featherweight of all time, Holloway. Chikadze sports an impressive 14-2 record and is currently ranked eighth in the Featherweight division. He is riding an impressive nine fight win streak and he hopes to make it ten when he faces off against Kattar. Chikadze is a striker and a Black Belt in both Goju-ryu Karate and Kyokushin Karate. This would be another great striker vs Grappler matchup for Ortega. 

Speaking directly as a fan I’d love to see a rematch with Alexander Volkanovski. Volkanovski and Ortega put on a great show in their last outings. Volkanovski slipped out of a mounted guillotine choke that anyone else in the UFC definitely would have tapped out of. Volkanovski showed why he is the champ, but as a fan I would love to see these two run it back again. Volanovski sports an impressive 23-1 record and is on a 20 fight win streak. With impressive wins over Chad Mendes, José Aldo, and Holloway. Volanovski has an impressive number of Knockout wins at 11 of his 21 wins coming that way, but he also has an impressive three wins by submission. I want to see Ortega vs. Volkanovski II.

I’m not Dana White or the UFC matchmakers but I think these would be awesome matchup for the UFC to put on. And I’m excited to see who Ortega fights next.

Fighter Profile: Calvin Kattar

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Calvin Kattar is one of the top names in the Featherweight division. Kattar is looking to move up in the standings and get closer to a title shot when he returns to the UFC Octagon at the UFC Apex in January against Giga Chikadze. Kattar is coming off a loss, but he hopes to make his native New England proud with a win against Chikadze. 

Kattar was born on March 26, 1988 in Methuen, Massachusetts where he also grew up. He had no experience in martial arts as a child but took to Wrestling at Methuen High School and became a standout on the High School team. He was ranked as high as fifth in the state at 160 pounds. Kattar placed fifth at the Division I MIAA state championships when he was a senior in High School. Due to the uncertainty of not knowing if he’d be able to compete at wrestling in college he took up MMA, and even trained with UFC stars Nate and Nick Diaz.

Kattar made his MMA debut in June of 2007 for the CZ 22 -Cage Masters promotion where he faced, Tony Armijo. He’d win in the first round via TKO(Punches.) He’d go on to face Donald Peters for the same promotion two months later and would again win by TKO(Punches.) Kattar would then face Bob Pupa and would win again via TKO (Submission to Punches.) These quick finishes gave Kattar the nickname “The Boston Finisher.” Kattar would lose his next fight but then win five in a row before dropping another one and winning eight after that. This impressive 16-2 record caught the attention of the UFC brass.

Kattar made his UFC debut against Andre Fili  at UFC 214 in July of 2017 a full ten years and one month after making his MMA professional debut. He’d win by unanimous decision. Kattar would then face Shane Burgos at UFC 220 and would get the finish in his hometown of Boston via TKO(Punches.)  He’d then fight Renato Carneiro  and would lose via unanimous decision, his first loss for the promotion. He’d then win two fights in a row against Chris Fishgold and Ricardo Lamas both by TKO (Punches.) Kattar would then lose a bout against Zabit Magomedsharipov. He’d get back in the win column in consecutive bouts against Jeremy Stephens and Dan Ige but would drop his next fight to former featherweight champ Max Holloway. 

Kattar is coming off a tough loss to the greatest Featherweight of all time, but we hope he returns to the win column against Chikadze.


Ortega lands a shot on The Korean Zombie in in Abu Dhabi. Photo Credit: Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Brian Ortega showed his fighting IQ in the latest season of the Ultimate Fighter. The 30 year old featherweight coached a group of contestants who were UFC hopefuls at bantamweight and middleweights. The opposing coach this season was Alexander Volkanovski. Ortega is scheduled to make a return to the UFC Octagon against Volkanovski on September 25, 2021 at UFC 266 for the UFC Featherweight Championship. Ortega comes into the Octagon with a 15-1 record and is currently ranked #2 in the Featherweight division.

Ortega was born on February 21, 1991 in Los Angeles California. Ortega is of Mexican descent. Ortega is a lifelong martial artist. He started his training at the age of five doing Muay Thai. At age 13 Ortega started training Brazilian Jiu JItsu under Rorion Gracie and his sons Ryron, Rener, and Ralek Gracie at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, CA.  At age 17 Ortega met a boxing coach named James Luhrsen. Luhrsen took Ortega in and started adding a heavy striking emphasis to Ortega’s fight strategy. 

Ortega Says of his training background in an interview with Fighters Only; “My backgrounds are in Gracie jiu-jitsu and boxing. In Gracie jiu-jitsu we let the opponent defeat themselves. In boxing, when you first start, you figure each other out and pick up the pace as he goes.” He added that his fighting style is very planned out  “Everything we’ve done has been strategic. We’ve always talked about it.”

Ortega began his fighting career in 2010 with a win over John Sassone by submission. He would go on to win his next 7 fights including two titles in The Respect In The Cage promotion and RFA. Ortega made his UFC promotional debut with a win by submission (rear-naked choke,) but the win was overturned after Ortega tested positive for drostanolone. He went on to win his next six fights in the UFC which earned Ortega a title shot against Featherweight Champion, Max Holloway. Unfortunately Ortega lost the bout, earning him the only loss of his career. 

Ortega will get another title shot at UFC 266 where he’ll face current Featherweight Champion, Alexander Volkanovski in a 5 Round Championship Bout. Both Volkanovski and Ortega  have only one loss in their professional careers. With Volkanovski riding a 19 fight win streak. It’s sure to be the fight of the night.