We’re BACK folks on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi for an afternoon main card starting at 3:00 pm EST annnd its on ABC. That’s right, the UFC will be on network television today for the first time since 2018. In the main event we have a potential fight of the candidate to kick off the new year in a brand new arena, with fans, in Abu Dhabi. Oh boy…lets go.
#1 Max Holloway (-160) will take on #6 Calvin Kattar (+140) in a Featherweight bout of top contenders vying for a title shot against the champ in the future.
This fight is a coin toss kind of fight for me. I truly don’t think this leans one way or another. One of the biggest factors in this fight will be Holloway’s championship experience, he has fought in so many 5 round fights at this point, thats all he knows. Kattar, on the other hand has not been in too many of those type fights. That is my primary concern for Calvin Kattar.
I’m a big fan of the greatest featherweight of all time Max Holloway. Calvin Kattar is blossoming before our very eyes, and he’s getting better. I think he’s starting to hit his stride for his team, The New England Cartel. Fighting Dan Ige over five rounds was a huge 5-round experience for him in his most recent fight. Kattar kind of started too slow, but came back in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th rounds. I cant stress enough how important this was for Calvin’s confidence and career progression.
We know Max will take some damage in this fight. I think over five rounds, Max is gonna get hit with Calvin’s very dangerous right hand. So, this is gonna be super interesting to see how Max reacts to it when gets hit. This is a very very close high level fight to call. Im almost sure that this will go to a decision. But it will be full of fireworks and both men will walk away beat up after this war. I am so proud and impressed by the Boston based MMA team The New England Cartel and what coach Tyson Chartier has been able to do with Boston fighters Kattar and Rob Font, who had the biggest win of his career last month. So im going with my hometown team and picking Calvin Kattar by decision.
Other fights to look out for in the co main event will be 2 looong time veterans in the game Carlos Condit and Matt Brown will be throwing down in a Welterweight. This will be fucking insane. They will show no mercy and just throw absolute hands looking for a finish. Watch out for this fight. Other names to look out for, Joaquin Buckley who had the KO of the year and Yi Jianling as well. Both standout to me on this main card.
Its been almost a month since we had fights for the UFC. Today will kick off International fight week. We’ll have fights on Wednesday night and then of course next Saturday with the Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier fight will be going down at UFC 257.
ITS THE BEST TIME TO BE A FIGHT FAN. 2021 IS GOING TO BE BONKERS. LETS. GO.