Main Event Preview: Max Holloway plans to put together championship effort against Calvin Kattar in first non-title bout since 2016


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For the 24th time in his illustrious career Waianae’s Max Holloway (21-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC) will make the walk into the octagon this Saturday in the main event of the UFC on ABC 1 card against Calvin Kattar (22-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in Abu Dhabi.

Holloway, who is coming off of back-to-back controversial decision losses to current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski can quickly find himself back into the title picture with a win over the rising star from Boston. The anticipated showdown which will serve as the UFC’s debut on the ABC Network will be Holloway’s first non-title fight since defeating Ricardo Lamas in the summer of 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

“I’m going to carry myself as a champion, belt or no belt. We’re going to go out there and fight. I love fighting. I don’t know what else to say, I love to fight. People will say it’s hard to get up, I’m still fighting five, I feel like championship rounds,” said Holloway. “We’re on ABC. I know there are a bunch of fighters that would kill to be in this position so at the end of the day it still feels the same. A fight is a fight to me and I can’t wait.”


Max Holloway (21-6, fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii) aims to cement himself as the clear No. 1 contender by becoming the first person to stop Kattar in the UFC.

  • Former featherweight champion
  • No. 1 ranked contender and No. 8 men’s pound-for-pound fighter
  • 10 wins by KO, two via submission
  • Was unbeaten at 145 pounds from 2014-2019
  • Has won 14 of last 17 bouts
  • Holds spectacular wins over Jose Aldo (twice), Brian Ortega and Frankie Edgar

Calvin Kattar (22-4, fighting out of Methuen, Mass.) aims to prove that he is one of the best in the world against his first former champion.

  • No. 6 ranked UFC featherweight contender
  • 11 wins by KO, two via submission
  • 10 first-round finishes
  • Has won 14 of last 16 bouts
  • Holds KO victories over Shane Burgos, Ricardo Lamas and Jeremy Stephens


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