Previous UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will start off his street again to a title shot at UFC Combat Island 7 on Jan. 16 dwell on ABC and ESPN+ from inside Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., when “Blessed” meets mounting contender Calvin Kattar in the key occasion.
Holloway is coming off back again-to-back again losses to current UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. “Blessed” had received 14 in a row at 145 lbs prior to his matchups with “The Great” so he’s more than capable of knocking off Kattar and sparking a new earn streak for 2021.
When Holloway’s clash with Kattar upcoming weekend will be his initial non-title fight considering that a bout with Ricardo Lamas back in 2016 it will still be a five-spherical affair. It’s a little something that Holloway is well geared up to do and it has permitted him to preserve most of his coaching the exact for his Octagon return.
“At the end of the working day, we’re combating five rounds,” Holloway advised Yahoo! Sporting activities. “There’s no considerably less perform. I’ve obtained to do the exact quantity of perform, the very same amount of money I’ve been doing for a title combat – the exact procedures, the very same every little thing.”
Despite this being just Kattar’s next five-spherical bid beneath the UFC banner the Boston native is more than able of likely the length and supplying Holloway issues all the way via. Kattar is coming off back-to-back wins about Jeremy Stephens and Dan Ige and appears to be like prepared to choose the up coming stage in his profession. He’s also one particular of the more substantial featherweights on the UFC roster who possesses the physical characteristics to match that of Holloway.
“Calvin is a risky dude, and we know he is perilous mainly because he will be standing across from me, and I’m fired up for it,” reported Holloway. “He’s from Boston. Individuals like to communicate about his boxing and people today like to speak about my boxing, so the enjoyable detail is … Calvin was expressing something like I’m overlooking him, this and that. I just cannot. How can I forget you? He made it here. I’ve acquired to respect that. At the end of the day, I just cannot hold out to battle him. I just cannot wait around to go in there and see what he has to offer.”
Holloway, who is nonetheless just 29 a long time old, remains a single of the largest title in the activity these days. If he’s equipped to knock off Kattar in spectacular fashion on “Fight Island” there’s a superior prospect Holloway puts himself a person or two wins away from a trilogy bout with Volkanovski.
“There’s no communicate. There is no regrets. We did what we did,” Holloway reported of his two fights with Volkanovski. “The earlier is referred to as ‘the past’ for a explanation. You transfer on. You get on with the working day, and I’m going to do difficult work. This ain’t my to start with rodeo. I have advised a lot of folks, ‘If I’ve received to go out and get an additional 10-acquire streak, which is what I’ve acquired to do.”
For what it’s well worth this will be the initial time Holloway is not fighting on a shell out-for each-look at (PPV) card due to the fact a get more than Charles Oliveira again in 2015.
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