Max Holloway Breaks Insane UFC Record Against Calvin Kattar at UFC Fight Island 7

Published 01/16/2021, 11:00 PM EST


UFC Fight Island 7 is in the books, and Max Holloway reigned supreme over Calvin Kattar in an instant classic. ‘Blessed’ won a unanimous decision over the Bostonian in what may go down as one of the best UFC performances in company history. The brutalization earned him ‘Fight of the Night’ honors and a 50-43 x2 and 50-42 scorecard to boot.

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The victory left all UFC fans watching live in shock as Max Holloway threw everything short of the kitchen sink at Kattar. Furthermore, the former champion walked away with one of the most coveted UFC records. Holloway officially fought the most fights without ever being knocked down. This number came in at 24 and it’s a testament to his durability and toughness.

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While a fighter may not necessarily want to be known for being ‘tough’, there’s no denying that it’s a useful trait to have. The former undisputed 145-pound champion showcased his dominance inside the cage in a way rarely ever captured before. His future opponents will certainly have to be wary when signing on the dotted line to fight him.

Max Holloway: Next level talent

The questions surrounding Holloway’s viability at the highest level have well and truly been dismissed. He put ‘The Boston Finisher’ in a cycle of brutalization that made fans wonder when the towel would be thrown in. To Calvin Kattar’s credit, he was able to see the final bell of the contest despite getting hit a record number of times.

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Following the fight, UFC President Dana White came out and said that Holloway is undeniably in line for title consideration. The champion Alexander Volkanovski will fight Brian Ortega next, and Holloway could potentially rematch the winner. Although he’s coming off two straight losses to Alexander ‘The Great’, his recent win earned him back another shot. Chiefly, fans came in more intrigued than ever to see ‘Blessed’ fight for a title again.

As for Kattar, he’ll likely be on the bench for a while in order to effectively recover. The New England Cartel stand-out is still a very viable threat at 145-pounds, but certainly has some work to do. He’ll be looking to fight a lower-ranked opponent in his next fight and hopefully etch a highlight-reel win.

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What did you make of the former champion’s showing on Fight Island?

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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