Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will be hoping to start 2021 in the best possible way in his mission to regain the crown. To do so, he will have to defeat Calvin Kattar, keen to put himself in front of the queue in the quest for gold this year.
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Holloway has been growing steadily between 2014 and 2018. After losing against Conor McGregor from a decision, he recorded 13 straight wins that put him at the top of the division and also went close to become a two-wright world champion. Each fight he was doing, he looked to do better. In December 2016, a third-round stoppage of Anthony Pettis gave him the interim featherweight belt, and six months later he dominated Jose Aldo in three rounds. He also repeated himself against the Brazilian legend when those two met later that year.
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Holloway also defended his title successfully for the second time against rising star Brian Ortega who allowed him to have a shot at becoming the champion of two UFC titles, something that not many have done before. He decided to move up and fight Dustin Poirier for the interim crown, but his attempt failed. Poirier was just better, and even when he attempted the same thing a few months later, he was defeated again. A year ago, Holloway also lost the title to Alexander Volkanovski, and when the two met again in July, the judges gave once again were on the side of the Australian.
So, Holloway is now back to the drawing board and will be keen to avoid the fourth defeat in five fights. This will be a great opportunity for Calvin Kattar to register a win that will firmly put him in the title picture. The 32-year-old American has had a good 2020 as bounced back from the decision defeat to Zabit Magomedsharipov with a win over Jeremy Stephens in May and in July got the best of Dan Ige in five rounds. This will be a step up in quality, and the question is, can he cope?
Surely Holloway is on the way down of his career, but he cannot be written off as yet. Many believed that he did enough to regain the belt against Volkanovski and we believe that it is just a matter of time before those two will fight again. A convincing win over Kattar would be the first step in that direction.
Kattar will have his moments, but Holloway has the skills to have the better of exchanges and also has superior cardio to work over his opponent. Kattar is not going to go down easily, as he has only been stopped once in his career and was by submission, so backing Holloway to be third time lucky with the judge looks the best bet here.
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