UFC Fight Island gets back to Abu Dhabi with Max Holloway’s win defeating Calvin Kattar at Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Arena.
UFC Fight Island returned to Abu Dhabi for the 3rd version with Max Holloway turning in a beautiful 50-43, 50-43, 50-42 win over Calvin Kattar at the newly opened Etihad Arena.
The Hawaiian-born American, the world’s No1-ranked Featherweight, has now set his sight on keeping the championship from modern holder Alexander Volkanovski.
Watching UFC President Dana White paid tribute to Holloway and his sixth-ranked opponent from the US, in addition to the rest of the line-up, which for the first time on Fight Island happened in the front of a live audience.
“I knew this card turned into going to be special,” he stated. “Holloway is fun, and we’ve got to offer Kattar a few fantastic credits. Khabib and I were given collectively, and he stated to me ‘I need to look if a person genuinely blows me away next weekend, then we’re going to see.’ Max appeared exceptional this night. I don’t realize if I’d call it his pleasant performance, however, he’s one of the all-time greats.”
Meanwhile, the delighted winner of the headline bout is already looking ahead.
“Thank you, Abu Dhabi,” stated Holloway.
“Thank you for retaining us safe and thanks to the lovers for coming out. Make sure you tune in for UFC 257 subsequent week. I’m staying on for it, and it’s going to be fantastic. Just blessed to have fans returned, the first card of the year, the first occasion in Etihad Arena and I set a few numbers. I had a chip on my shoulder this night, and I desired to expose that I’m one of the pleasant boxers in MMA.”
Just earlier than the night’s main occasion, Carlos Condit had defeated Matt Brown through a unanimous choice of their Welterweight bout.
“I experience good,” the 36-year-vintage American stated after the win over his compatriot.
“I was stoked to get in there and in the end face Matt. Standing throughout the cage from him became awesome. I had the hair standing up in the lower back of my neck; I was so stoked to get in there and get my hand raised. I’m very happy. I predicted a bit greater to and fro at the feet. We ended up grappling quite a bit. However, I’m now no longer unhappy about the manner that went due to the fact I got the higher of these exchanges.”
In what changed into named the Night’s Performance, Welterweight Li Jianglang of China defeated Santiago Ponzinibbio of Argentina through a TKO after 4:25 of round one.
“I landed a smooth shot when he changed into a defenceless position, there has been no need to go after him,” he stated.
“If you’re a real martial artist you don’t do that. I want to keep going now, show the fans what I can and pass after the championship belt. Having fans returned to the area is a fantastic step forward for 2021.”