An open training session took place in anticipation of the UFC Fight Night tournament in Moscow. By tradition, athletes took part in it, who on Saturday will have to fight each other in the two main fights of the evening. So, at the beginning of the event, the Americans Greg Hardy and Calvin Kattar climbed to the platform, after which they were replaced by the Russians Alexander Volkov and Zabit Magomedsharipov.
Kattar has dedicated boxing skills training. At the same time, almost every athlete’s blow to the paws was met with disapproving exclamations from the crowd. Fans in full showed a negative attitude towards the enemy of Magomedsharipov, chanting both the name of their idol and insulting slogans against Kelvin.
The American himself reacted to everything with a smile, and for a short time completely conquered the hall, starting the speech with the word “thank you” spoken in Russian.
“I am fueled by your energy. She only helps me. I’m going to return to the USA with a victory, ”said Kattar, which again provoked the anger of the public.
Kelvin approaches the Moscow show as an outsider, but success can give a powerful impetus to his career. Currently, Kattar takes 11th place in the featherweight rating, but a victory over the fifth number can instantly include him in the race for the title.
Unlike a series of trash tokers, the American did not downplay the merits of Zabit. He admitted that he admires the Russian fighter, but intends to present a sensation and prevail over him.
“Hammered – a real beast and is rightfully here. Thanks to him for agreeing to this fight, because he deserves an opponent from the top five strong featherweight. I want to overcome him and take the place of Magomedsharipov in the ranking, ”added Kattar.
Magomedsharipov was very warmly received at home and for several minutes they chanted his name. Zabit himself did not remain in debt and pleased the audience not only with beautiful kicks from the U-turn, but also with skills on the ground. So, during the training, he easily hooked a sparring partner, after which he brought down a flurry of attacks from above.
The upcoming tournament will be special for Magomedsharipov, because he will perform for the first time in his native land after moving to the UFC. Previously, he admitted that he wanted to speak in Russia, but the leadership of the promotion refused to meet him. This should not have happened this fall, because initially the fight with Cattar was planned at the show in Boston. However, due to Zabita’s health problems, the battle was postponed to a later date, which allowed him to be organized in Moscow.
“In Russia, you feel a great responsibility, especially considering the fact that you are playing in the main fight of the evening. But I’m only glad to have a fight in front of my audience, ”Magomedsharipov admitted.
The Russian was modest and refused to answer exactly how he plans to deal with the American, but promised to make every effort to win.
“Support is felt. I think on the day of the tournament it will be felt even more. Perhaps this will put pressure on me, but I’ll try to please my fans, ”said the Russian featherweight.