SALEM, N.H. -- Forget July 4, or the family camping trip, heck, forget summer.
“Friday night is the highlight of my summer. It’s huge,” said Jesse Kattar. “An event like no other. We’ve been looking forward to this for a long, long time.”
Somebody ought to let the 31-year-old Methuen fire fighter know that summer doesn’t officially kick in for another week.
Tonight, though, Jesse and about 500 friends, family members and acquaintances unofficially dubbed, “Calvin’s Crazies,” have their night in the spotlight at Rockingham Park’s sports bar.
Their ultimate-fighting “Colossus,” Methuen’s Calvin Kattar, gets turned loose in the cage in a main event of Combat Zone MMA’s “Steel Cage Fighters” card.
Kattar, now 13-2, will fight against Brazilian Gabriel Baino, who hits the cage with a perfect 5-0 record.
For Kattar, it’s yet another huge step. He continues to pound down the door to UFC and the world of pay-per-view big time fights.
For the “Crazies,” it’s another chance to worship their warrior, the pride of the Valley.
“There’s just nothing like it,” said Jesse, who is Calvin’s cousin. “You’re hanging out with you friends, people you know, hundreds of them, and then Calvin comes out, and the place goes insane, like nothing you’ve ever seen. The kid’s just an animal, and we go nuts.”
Kattar is by no means alone.
Shane Getchell has been to all 15 of Kattar’s fights, travelling as far as New Jersey. In each bout, he says, it’s almost like the switch just flips.
“You really can’t compare it to any other sporting event,” said the Methuen 25-year-old. “It’s like the room gets a giant shot of adrenaline. So much, so fast. And the wild thing is that nobody knows what’s about to happen next.”