Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"
In the early Friday morning hours, while much of the New England region was still asleep, Mathuen's own Calvin "The Boston Finisher" Kattar (22-4) took to the scales, half a world away ahead of the biggest fight of his career. Kattar, accompanied by the New England Cartel contingent, tipped the scales at 146 pounds as the New England based posse is set to kick off the UFC's 2021 slate with authority. Electing to receive that kick; none other than former UFC Featherweight Champion, and number one Featherweight Contender in the World; Max "Blessed" Holloway (21-6) who also weighted in at the 146 pound Featherweight limit. These two World Class Featherweights will now officially headline the UFC's first fight card of 2021 Saturday afternoon, from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi at UFC Fight Island 7 in a five round feature for the ages.
This is a match up that has left both New England fans, as well as fight fans from around the globe salivating. A match up between two exciting brawlers; one, Max Holloway, looking to return to the top of the Featherweight division where he reigned supreme for nearly half a decade, becoming the most decorated UFC Featherweight of all time. The other, Calvin Kattar, will not be intimidated by Holloway's list of accolades; as he sees Holloway as just another rung in the ladder between himself and UFC Gold.
As for all the hype around this fight; it is very warranted, both Kattar and Holloway are incapable of being in boring fights. Both men are strikers, through and through, the former Champion Holloway employs a steady output of finesse striking, often overwhelming his opponents with the shear volume of his strikes. Once Max has you where he wants you; blistered and bruised, his killer instinct kicks in, leading to 9 career knockouts inside the UFC cage on his way to becoming on of the greatest 145 pound mixed martial artists of all time. Max is anxious to further cement that legacy, by re-capturing that UFC 145 pound strap, following back to back decision losses for current Champion Alexander Volkanovski (22-1) a win against the surging Kattar is a must if Max hopes to get another shot at the belt.