WHAT A START TO THE YEAR
@BlessedMMA vs @CalvinKattar on Fight Island
[ Saturday at 3pmET on @ABCNetwork ] pic.twitter.com/E7a6ovLEtP — UFC (@ufc) January 15, 2021
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship kicks off 2021 with a return to network television as it puts on its first show on the American Broadcasting Company. Headlining UFC on ABC 1 is a featherweight bout between former king Max Holloway and surging contender Calvin Kattar. The 11-fight card is now official after the weigh-ins took place, and all fighters managed to make weight.
Many fans don’t believe that Holloway (21-6) should be called a former champion. Many spectators thought “Blessed” did enough to win his rematch against Alexander Volkanovski, but the Hawaiian was on the wrong side of a split decision. Prior to losing back-to-back bouts against Volkanovski, Holloway had gone on an incredible featherweight win streak spanning 14 bouts (with a lightweight loss to Dustin Poirier sprinkled in). Holloway will look to get back into title contention with a victory, looking great on the scales weighing 146 pounds.
With three knockouts in his past five bouts, Kattar (22-4) has established himself as a threat on the feet. “The Boston Finisher” has 11 knockout victories on his record, and is coming off big wins over Dan Ige and Jeremy Stephens. Kattar has faltered against both Renato Carneiro and Zabit Magomedsharipov inside the UFC, so he’ll look to notch the biggest win of his career against Holloway. The Massachusetts fighter officially weighed in at 146 pounds.
An early fight card, UFC on ABC 1’s five-fight main card will begin at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT and air simultaneously on ABC and ESPN+. The preliminary portion will stream at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on ESPN+.
UFC on ABC 1 Weigh-in Results:Max Holloway (146) vs. Calvin Kattar (146)
Carlos Condit (171) vs. Matt Brown (171)
Santiago Ponzinibbio (171) vs. Jingliang Li (170)
Joaquin Buckley (185) vs. Alessio Di Chirico (186)
Punahele Soriano (186) vs. Dusko Todorovic (186)
Phil Hawes (186) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (186)
Yanan Wu (136) vs. Joselyne Edwards Laboriel (135)
Carlos Felipe (264) vs. Justin Tafa (265)
David Zawada (170) vs. Ramazan Emeev (171)
Sarah Moras (136) vs. Vanessa Melo (136)
Jacob Kilburn (145) vs. Austin Lingo (145)