This is a big deal for the UFC as the network has an estimated national reach of 97.72% of all households in the United States.
This will be the first time since 2016 that Max Holloway will be in a non-title fight. He is coming off of a two back to back losses against current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. Hollaway has now lost three of his last four fights including a decision loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 236 back in 2019, although that fight took place in the lightweight division. He quickly bounced back to secure a win against Frankie Edgar at UFC 240.
On the other hand, Calvin Kattar is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Dan Ige at UFC on ESPN 13. The fight took place at the Yas Islands in Abu Dhabi and it was Kattar’s second main event headliner, the first being at UFC Fight Night 163 in Moscow, where he lost to Zabit Magomedsharipov via unanimous decision.
Prior to beating Dan Ige, he brutally knocked out Jeremy Stephens at UFC 249. He landed a brutal elbow that knocked down Stephens and then Kattar followed up with hard ground and pound after which the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Heading into this fight, Max Holloway (1.61) is the betting favourite over Calvin Kattar (2.20). On paper, Max Holloway has all the advantages heading into this fight. He is the much younger fighter at 29 compared to Kattar who is 32.
Max Holloway also leads in other metrics his strikes landed per minute is 6.47 compared to 5.01 of Kattar. Let’s compare other metrics:
Significant Striking Accuracy: 44%
Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute:4.52
Significant Strike Defence (the % of opponents strikes that did not land): 61%
Average Takedowns Landed per 15 minutes: 0.22
Takedown Accuracy: 83%
Takedown Defense (the % of opponents TD attempts that did not land): 83%
Average Submissions Attempted per 15 minutes: 0.4
Significant Striking Accuracy: 41%
Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute: 5.66
Significant Strike Defence (the % of opponents strikes that did not land): 56%
Average Takedowns Landed per 15 minutes: 0.47
Takedown Accuracy: 37%
Takedown Defense (the % of opponents TD attempts that did not land): 88%
Average Submissions Attempted per 15 minutes: 0
According to the stats presented above, Max Holloway has advantages in seven of the eight criteria above.
The MMA India Show brings you another series of “The Prediction”, where, I, Jay Rock, analyse the upcoming fight cards and giving my predictions, analysis, betting tips.
For the last fight card, I didn’t have a great day as I went 1-4 on picks, bringing my overall record to 79-32.
Check out my previous predictions here.
Featherweight: Max Holloway (1.66) vs Calvin Kattar (2.20)
Prediction: Max Holloway vs Calvin Kattar goes over 3.5 rounds (1.40).
Welterweight: Santiago Ponzinibbio (1.33) vs Li Jingliang (3.30)
Prediction: The fight goes over 1.5 rounds (1.44)
Weltweight: Matt Brown (2.30) vs Carlos Condit (1.61)
Prediction: Matt Brown defeats Carlos Condit (Money Line).
Middleweight: Joaquin Buckley (1.36) vs Alessio Di Chirico (3.10)
Prediction: Joaquin Buckley defeats Alessio Di Chirico. (Money Line)
Middleweight: Punahele Soriano (2.30) vs Dusko Todorovic (1.61)
Middleweight: Punahele Soriano defeats Dusko Todorvic (Money Line)