‘I Just Felt I Was Untouchable in There’- Max Holloway Says His Fight Against Calvin Kattar Was His Best Performance Ever

Published 02/24/2021, 8:00 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: Max Holloway celebrates after his unanimous-decision victory over Calvin Kattar in a featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


It is always interesting to see how a fighter handles a loss. Fans often learn more about fighters after a loss than they do after an emphatic win. However, when the losses start to pile on, it becomes more difficult for the fighter to get mentally and physically ready for the next fight. The same applied to Max Holloway while he was preparing for his fight against Calvin Kattar. 

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Going into the bout, he was on a two-fight skid. Although many believed that he did not lose the rematch against Volkanovski, officially he was still 0-2 in his last two fights. 

Therefore, both fans and pundits alike wondered how he would bounce back against a tough opponent like ‘The Boston Finisher’. Unsurprisingly, like has done multiple times in the past, ‘Blessed’ Holloway put on an impressive display to secure a resounding unanimous decision victory. Many considered it as his best performance in a UFC octagon. 

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Max Holloway makes a bold statement regarding his last fight

In a recent interview, Ariel Helwani asked Max Holloway if he thought his last fight against Calvin Kattar was his best performance to date. He said, “No, I think that was my best performance out there. We get better every time, right? That’s what we did. And to do it against a guy like Calvin Kattar who many hold him as one of the great boxers, not in our division but all of UFC.”

Blessed’ continued, “To have that performance against him was great. But, like I’ve been telling everybody, it takes two man, It takes two to tango. Calvin deserves just as much praise as I do. He was in there taking it, he was in there giving it. Nothing but respect to him. But I really believe that was my best performance for sure… I just felt like I was untouchable in there” 

Fans would certainly agree with this statement as it seemed as though Holloway had attained ‘God-mode’.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: (R-L) Max Holloway punches Calvin Kattar in a featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

‘Blessed’ has been in the UFC since 2012. In that time he has put on some incredible performances against the very best at 145-pounds. Though he has come out on top quite frequently, Holloway has always bounced back strongly after a setback. This is what makes his performance against Kattar a bit more special. 

Do you agree with Max Holloway’s statement? Was his fight against Kattar his best performance to-date?

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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