Calvin Kattar Suffers 8 Scalp Stitches and More After Demolition by Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night

Published 01/17/2021, 11:05 PM EST
BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Calvin Kattar has his hands wrapped backstage prior to his bout against Shane Burgos during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Max Holloway turned in one of the best performances in UFC history against Calvin Kattar in the first UFC card of 2021. In a striking masterclass, the Hawaiian Holloway schooled ‘The Boston Finisher‘ Kattar for five rounds and went on to win a lopsided unanimous decision.

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Kattar showed his grace and heart as he was able to withstand all the punishment that ‘Blessed’ offered him for five-rounds. Despite being bloodied and bruised, Kattar showed the heart of a warrior.

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That didn’t come without a cost, though. Kattar suffered a broken nose during the fight. He also needed 8 stitches on his scalp after being cut wide open by the Holloway onslaught. Holloway has never looked so good in his fighting career. Unfortunately for Kattar, he had to face the extreme version of the former featherweight champion.

Although Kattar managed to land some shots of his own on Holloway, he never really could push ‘Blessed’ out of his comfort zone. The Hawaiian seemed on a different level altogether throughout the fight.

Calvin Kattar still has a bright future in the featherweight division

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Despite his loss, Kattar remains one of the most talented and dangerous fighters in the UFC roster. He was ranked no.6 coming into the fight. He must use this defeat as an opportunity to upgrade his game rather than being upset about going down to MMA royalty.

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – APRIL 07: (R-L) Calvin Kattar punches Renato Moicano of Brazil in their featherweight bout during the UFC 223 event inside Barclays Center on April 7, 2018, in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Kattar’s two-fight win streak was snapped, and his title aspirations could be on the back burner. But, if he can turn in some impressive showings upon his return to the cage, things will change drastically in his favor yet again. For now, though, he will have to take some time off to heal up from the injuries he suffered against Holloway.

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What did you make of Kattar’s performance against Holloway? Who should he fight next? Let us know below.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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