Max Holloway dominated Kattar and got the unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in one of the most one-sided main events in UFC history.
Calvin Kattar entered his UFC Fight Island 7 event-headlining matchup with Max Holloway hoping to prove that he had the best boxing in MMA. Unfortunately for ‘The Boston Finisher’, that proved to be far from the case, as he was simply outclassed by the former featherweight kingpin in yesterday’s fight.
Max Holloway may not have the title any longer but he went a long way to prove he’s still the best featherweight in the sport with his performance at UFC Fight Island 7. Over five rounds, Holloway put on a striking clinic while dominating Calvin Kattar from start to finish in their main event clash. If not for Kattar’s incredible toughness and durability, Holloway would have almost certainly earned a finish but instead, he walked out of the octagon with a lopsided unanimous decision win. The final scorecards read 50-43, 50-43, and 50-42 as Holloway returns to the win column after suffering a pair of heartbreaking losses to reigning featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski.
Max Holloway battered Calvin Kattar with an arsenal that showcased several weapons, including a nasty standing elbow. Miraculously, Kattar somehow managed to endure Holloway’s relentless punishment for a full twenty-five minutes.
Calvin’s manager and head coach, Tyson Chartier of the New England Cartel, told MMA Junkie on Sunday ” “Kattar sustained a broken nose in the fight and also required eight staples in his scalp to close the wounds Holloway opened up with his relentless offense.” – Chartier told.
The loss for Kattar snapped a two-fight winning streak. There’s no timeline on when he will be cleared to return to action, but a medical suspension is likely on the horizon for him. UFC president Dana White said in the immediate aftermath of the headliner that he informed his staff to send Calvin to the hospital as soon as possible so his injuries could be examined.
Max Holloway put a beatdown to Kattar
Holloway has always been an exceptional striker. But he came out from the very first round with a different kind of ferocity. Calvin landed some nice jabs and hard right hands throughout. But for every one of those, Holloway returned volley with long, diverse combinations, targeting the head, the body, the legs, and more. Holloway landed hard elbows and knees to the gut. The avid gamer was like a fighting video game character come to life.
Saturday’s main event broke several records. According to UFC Stats, Holloway landed a UFC-record 445 significant strikes, shattering the previous mark of 290 he set against Ortega at UFC 231. Along with Calvin’s career-best 133 significant strikes, the fight also set UFC records for combined significant strikes (578) and significant strike differential (312). Holloway’s 141 significant strikes landed in Round 4 were also the most in a single round in UFC history.
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