‘Kattar is No Joke’- Alexander Volkanovski Breaks Down Max Holloway vs Calvin Kattar Match-Up

Published 01/03/2021, 11:34 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Alexander Volkanovski of Australia celebrates after his split-decision victory over Max Holloway in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski spoke out to South China Morning Post and gave an update on his activity. Additionally, Alexander ‘The Great’ had plenty to say about the divisional contenders who are vying for contention status. The 145-pound division comes in chalked to the brim with game challengers and it is one of the most competitive weight classes.

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Chiefly, the undisputed champion did a deep dive into an upcoming match-up that is sure to be defining for the division. Volkanovski touched on Max Holloway vs Calvin Kattar who are set to scrap on January 16, 2021. The match-up is the headliner for the UFC’s first event for the calendar year after a successful stint in 2020.

Alexander Volkanovski chimes in on Holloway vs Kattar

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The champion out of City Kickboxing was asked about the viability of Kattar getting a title shot with a win over Max Holloway. Volkanovski certainly subscribed to the idea of Calvin Kattar being next in line if he dethrones a champion. Furthermore, he also gave an overview of the division.

“It’ll be pretty hard to deny him [Kattar] that [title shot]. It would be pretty hard to deny him that. I know Zabit just beat him not too long ago, but the fact that Zabit isn’t fighting, I think if Zabit fought I think he would have jumped the line. There were so many guys right there it was like whoever took it first. Korean Zombie- Ortega, the UFC this is the number one contender because there’s no one else that’s it, Ortega put on a good performance and now he’s got the shot.”

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Additionally, Alexander Volkanovski went into detail about how the upcoming featherweight bout would look like. Having faced Holloway on two occasions gives Volkanovski a unique perspective on the matter.

“In saying that Kattar goes good, so that’s gonna be a tough fight. That’s gonna be a good fight stylistically obviously with both of them with their hands. But I just believe Max is obviously a lot more well-rounded than people think. He never usually has to go other routes. But this fight we might see a different Max Holloway which is gonna be exciting but I mean Kattar is no joke. I definitely got my eye on Kattar.”

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While the divisional champion sides with ‘Blessed’ Holloway to pick up the win it’s clear he recognizes Kattar’s skillset. Calvin Kattar out of the New England Cartel is certainly one of the brightest prospects who has exhibited high-level talent.

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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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