Calvin Kattar earns decision win. (Photo/Will Paul/CES MMA) Kattar Kattar ends long layoff with split decision victory at CES 34 calvinkattar
Calvin Kattar earns decision win. (Photo/Will Paul/CES MMA)

Calvin Kattar (15-2) sent all 200+ of his fans that made the trip to Foxwoods Resort and Casino home happy as the Methuen native ended his nearly three-year long layoff with a split decision victory against Bellator veteran Kenny Foster (11-11).

To no surprise, “The Boston Finisher” started the fight with a lengthy feeling-out period. Foster, who wrestled for Carson-Newman College in Tennessee at the NCAA Division II level, showed very little interest in expressing an urgency to utilize his wrestling background for the duration of the fight.

Kattar controlled the center of the cage for nearly the entire fight and came out on the right side of nearly almost every exchange. The 28-year-old Kattar did swing for the fences on a couple occasions in the fight, including a Superman punch attempt in the second round and a flying-knee attempt that barely miss Foster’s jaw. Kattar recorded the lone takedown in the fight in the third round, which could have been a major factor in solidifying Kattar’s sixth consecutive victory.

Foster’s lone bright spot in the fight was his ability to land some hard kicks to Kattar’s midsection, however never took the risk to follow up after landing a clean strike. Kattar, who has previously worked on his boxing with Lowell legend “Irish” Micky Ward, showcased his abilities both offensively and defensively in various spots in the fight by landing some hard punches and avoiding nearly all of Foster’s strikes to the head.

Foster, who started his professional career with a 9-2 record, has now dropped nine of his last 11 fights including suffering three-straight losses.

Often the clichés of “a win’s a win” and “hit and don’t get hit” arise in combat sports, and while Team Kattar was hoping Calvin’s 10th career finish, a victory against a seasoned opponent will do wonders for setting Kattar’s next fight. Now that the inactivity is over, Kattar proves to be a high-profile UFC prospect and one of the top pound-for-pound professional regional fighters in New England.

Fans should certainly not expect another two-and-a-half year layoff from the fighter out of Sityodtong and Carlos Neto BJJ in Somerville, Mass., but Kattar will play a role in helping his teammate, UFC bantamweight Rob Font prepare for his fight against John Lineker at UFC 198 on May 14th in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil.

However for now, Kattar will focus on promoting his next Combat Zone MMA card that is set for May 18th at Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H. while staying ready for whatever road lies ahead.