Chartier, who is also Kattar’s manager, said he applied to the UFC for a fight with Allen several times before the match Allen also expressed interest recently. The couple was on the road to a collision at the end of 2021, but the fight never materialized.
With Allen currently sidelined with a hand injury, Chartier also sees a former title challenger. Jang Sung Yeon (17-7 MMA, 7-4 UFC) as a good option for Kattar (23-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC).
“Fighting zombies is fun,” Chartier told MMA Junkie. “They both lose. He’s already rested a little. We probably do not need such a long rest, so I think the timing is the same. Arnold Allen is not even worth trying to book. We’ve been offered it before, we agreed, it was a frustrating fight to try and order. It seems like he’s always either injured or wants to take a vacation or go to a concert with his girlfriend or I don’t know. But he called us and we said yes, we will fight you in 10 weeks and he said, “Well, that’s not enough.”
“So we want to fight real fighters. I’m not saying he’s not a real fighter, but if you can’t be ready to fight 10 weeks after you win, then maybe you’re in the wrong sport. I dont know. It’s frustrating. Yes, let’s see. I think the zombie fight makes a lot of sense. I think it’s a fun fight, he’s cool, he’ll probably try to fight us for a bit. Calvin has shown that he has good takedown defense, so that means the fight is turning into a good fight with Calvin Kattar.”
Kattar walks away from a close decision Lost to Josh Emmett at UFC on ESPN 37 in June, but Chartier doesn’t think his stock has fallen. He expects Kattar to be back by autumn.
“I think he’s looking at probably another really good fight, maybe another main event, who knows, or pay-per-view,” Chartier said. “We can’t control it, but there’s a bunch of hungry kids walking behind us, and we might have to kill one of them again. Calvin is fine with that – Ige and Giga (Chikadze) – so they give us these guys on winning streaks and Calvin is doing really well.”
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