By News Team
14th January 2021
Max Holloway steps into to the octagon on Saturday to face the number six ranked featherweight contender Calvin Kattar, his first fight back after consecutive defeats to the current champion, Alexander Volkanovski.
The co-main event sees veterans Carlos Condit and Matt Brown go head-to-head in the welterweight division.
We preview both fights below.
Has Holloway recovered from back-to-back defeats?
Max Holloway’s four-fight winning streak as featherweight champion came to an end in December 2019, with Australian challenger Alexander Volkanovski out-foxing Holloway to a unanimous decision victory.
But it was in the rematch in July of last year that we saw the true metal of both fighters, with Holloway clearly dominating the first two rounds, and the champion the third and fourth.
Either fighter could have been given the fifth and final round of that second fight, but it was Holloway who again lost out, and he must now rebuild on what has been a hall of fame worthy career to date.
Calvin Kattar, 32, put two strong wins together in 2020 against Dan Ige and Jeremy Stephens, and has now won four of his last five bouts in the UFC, as he bids to claim the scalp of Holloway and propel his way up to the top of the featherweight rankings.
Kattar had Ige down on multiple occasions in his last fight, showing real power in his striking, and Holloway will need be cautious of his opponent’s ferocious fight hand.
Throwback fight for veterans Condit and Brown
With a combined total of 23 years in the UFC (Condit, 11; Brown, 12), Carlos Condit v Matt Brown is a featured throwback fight for the hardcore UFC fan.
Condit’s five-fight losing streak came to an end when beating Court McGee just three months ago, in a win that may have just saved his UFC contract from being terminated, while Brown hasn’t fought since defeat to Miguel Baeza last May.
But Brown’s signature elbow shot has caught the eye of UFC fans in recent years, delivering knockout victories by way of elbow in his two previous bouts before last year’s defeat, and fans will be keen to see whether Condit can handle the American’s favoured approach to a finish.