MAX HOLLOWAY VS. CALVIN KATTAR
Why now no longer close out the primary combat card of the brand new 12 months with an authorized banger?
For the primary time in extra than 5 years, Max Holloway will step into the Octagon with out UFC gold on the road because the former featherweight champion squares off with hard-charging contender Calvina Kattar in a bout that would decide the subsequent name challenger withinside the 145-pound weight class.
“Blessed” gained the meantime featherweight belt on the quit of 2016, unified the titles withinside the summer time season of 2017, and reigned over the department till the near of 2019, while he become unseated via way of means of Alexander Volkanovski. The ran matters lower back final summer time season on Fight Island and the sequel become even nearer than the original, with the champ edging out the challenger via way of means of cut up selection and sending Holloway into 2021 on his first -combat slide given that 2013.
A bout among veteran welterweights that has been booked two times earlier than and in no way materialized is in the end going to appear as “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit and Matt “The Immortal” Brown will throw down this weekend.
Condit ended a almost -12 months hiatus in October, returning to the Octagon and the win column with a unanimous selection victory over Court McGee, snapping a 5-combat dropping streak that stretched all of the manner lower back to his UFC 195 name combat loss to Robbie Lawler. The former meantime champion and WEC titleholder appeared sharp and engaged, taking the high-quality McGee needed to provide and responding in type en course to a sweep of the scorecards.
A returning contender seems to re-set up his vicinity withinside the welterweight pecking order on Saturday as Santiago Ponzinibbio makes his first look for the reason that quit of 2018 in a conflict with Chinese stalwart Li Jingliang.
The 34-12 months-antique Ponzinibbio hasn’t fought given that incomes a fourth-spherical stoppage win over Neil Magny on November 17, 2018, a victory that driven his prevailing streak to seven. The Argentinian has confronted severa scientific hurdles given that then however is in the end wholesome and keen to hold his march toward the pinnacle of the department.
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