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UFC Fight Island 7: Holloway vs. Kattar

Max Holloway vs Calvin Kattar

Already consolidated among the greatest featherweights of all time, former champion Max Holloway (21-6 in MMA, 17-6 in the UFC) can practically be considered a child of the UFC, since he signed with the event very young, debuting against a young Dustin Poirier. Holloway's trajectory to the position of champion is known, with a great sequence of victories, beating José Aldo by two opportunities almost in an identical way. After making his first defense, a lightweight adventure didn't work out, losing the rematch to Poirier when trying to get the interim lightweight belt. Returning to the penalties, he defended his title by defeating tough Frankie Edgar, but he was dethroned by Alexander Volkanovski, and was unable to win the rematch later, in a very tight fight.

It's always a pleasure to watch Max Holloway fighting. The Hawaiian kickboxer is not so big there if we take into account his expressive height for the division, but he works very well with straight strokes in the long distance. The volume of strokes that Holloway usually prints is something out of this world, with cardiorespiratory conditioning that is among the best in the sport. What impresses Max is the ability to understand what is happening in the fight, adapting and always increasing the pace with the time of the fight, swallowing the opponent who is practically unable to take any action in the face of so much offensive activity. Holloway. Even though he certainly won't need to use it, Max is good at defending takedowns and knows how to manage on the ground, as an elite fighter should be.

Calvin Kattar (22-4 in MMA, 6-2 in the UFC) was a completely random hit by the UFC matchmaker team. Professional for 14 years (since 2007), Calvin had a good record on the New England regional scene, even performing at his own event, the Combate Zone. When he signed with market leader Kattar, who is also a striking trainer at his academy, he had been inactive for almost a year. His first two fights against Andre Fili and Shane Burgos were very impressive, soon placing him in a prominent position in the promotion. Currently, Kattar comes from two wins in a row, defeating Jeremy Stephens and Dan Ige.

I speak with the greatest tranquility that Calvin Kattar's boxing is the most beautiful to follow in the entire UFC. The American is simply impeccable offensively, combining speed, knockout power and a lot of technique in his punching sequences. The movement is also impressive, as well as the ability to impose pressure, counter-strike and vary with elbows, like the one that victimized Stephens. The defense of falls is always up to date, only being knocked down twice in his entire UFC career. His offensive wrestling appeared on some occasions, with the apparent intention of surprising the other fighter. Ground and pound is also great, being a tool for defining combats after applying the knockdown. A problem that exists in Kattar is the lack of attention to defend the legs, leaving them too exposed for low kicks.

The part has come when I realize that I went into a cold. It is a fight with a difficult prognosis, they are two excellent fighters that have the best standing in the fight.

In the volume of blows, even though Kattar is excellent, it is impossible to be better than a guy who dropped almost FIVE HIS blows as Holloway did against Ortega, hitting 290 of these. As for the possibility of knockout, Max usually knocks out the other athletes already worn out and with a crushed face, Kattar already scares more with knockdowns and has more power in single strokes.

The two proved to be able to fight five rounds perfectly. There is no way to point out a clear favorite at all, the only certainty is that it is one of the best fights that the UFC has married in recent times without a doubt. Not to be on the fence I bet Max Holloway in the decision.