It has been a little over a month since Doo Ho Choi pulled out of UFC 214 due to injury and now Calvin Kattar has agreed to step up on short notice to fight Andre Fili at UFC 214.
Fili (16-4-0) has rotated wins and losses throughout his UFC run, with his last fight being a victory over Hacran Dias at UFC Fight Night 96. Fili has a record of 2-2-0 on UFC pay-per-view card’s, defeating Jeremy Larsen at UFC 166 and Felipe Arantes at UFC 179, while suffering defeats to Max Holloway at UFC 172 and Yair Rodriguez at UFC 197. Fili also fight twice in the Tachi Palace Fights promotion, defeating the duo of Enoch Wilson and Ricky Wallace.
Kattar (16-2-0) is going to be making his UFC debut in this fight and he is doing so on the strength of an eight fight winning streak. Kattar hasn’t suffered a defeat in well over seven years, as his last defeat came to Don Carlo-Clauss at Xtreme Championship Fight League 1 in February 2010. Kattar is also a former American Steel Cagefighting Featherweight Champion, defeating Andrew Montanez in 2009 to win the gold.
UFC 214 takes place on Saturday, July 29 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California with Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.