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UFC on ABC results: Max Holloway puts one-sided beating on Calvin Kattar to earn another title shot

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Max Holloway had a point to prove heading into his UFC on ABC headliner against Calvin Kattar after losing back-to-back fights to featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. 

Holloway showed from the opening bell why he's quite arguably the greatest feathweight of all time as the former titleholder demolished Kattar for 25 minutes to win by unanimous decision (50-42, 50-43, 50-43) from Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. DAZN News scored the fight 50-43 for Holloway.

Usually, Holloway likes to take his time and gauge what his opponent is doing. Not this time around. Holloway came right out, started throwing, and didn't stop. And Holloway didn't stick to one thing. He mixed it up by throwing kicks, punches, and elbows in all different directions and various speed levels. Holloway nearly put Kattar out more than one occasion in the fight.

With blood pouring down Kattar and three seconds left to go in the second round, Holloway wobbled the Boston native badly with a head kick. A couple of more seconds and it would have likely been over. 

Then, during the fourth round, Holloway landed a sharp right elbow that stunned Kattar, and it appeared to be the beginning of the end. Holloway sensed that and unloaded a barrage of elbows and punches. Kattar looked to be out on his feet with blood gushing out of his forehead. He showed a ton of heart by absorbing the onslaught and surviving the round.

The fight should have been stopped after the round. Instead, Kattar's corner and referee Herb Dean inexplicably let him continue. Holloway didn't take his foot off the pedal. He kept pounding Kattar into oblivion. It got embarrassing to the point that Holloway landed six punches while talking to the commentary team. 

With the win, Holloway earns another opportunity at the belt against the victor of the expected fight between Volkanovski and Brian Ortega at UFC 260. But in the meantime, Holloway said he plans to stay in Abu Dhabi and see if anything happens to Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier, as they fight next Saturday at UFC 257. If either one gets hurt or sick, Holloway told UFC president Dana White that he'd be ready.

Here is what happened on UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar.

UFC on ABC: Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar live results

 

UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar fight card

Main card

  • Max Holloway def. Calvin Kattar by unanimous decision (50-42, 50-43, 50-43); Featherweight
  • Carlos Condit def. Matt Brown via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27); Welterweight 
  • Li Jingliang def. Santiago Ponzinibbio by second-round TKO (punches); Welterweight
  • Alessio Di Chirico def. Joaquin Buckley via first-round TKO (punches); Middleweight
  • Punahele Soriano def. Dusko Todorovic by first-round TKO (punches); Middleweight

Preliminary card

  • Joselyne Edwards def. Wu Yanan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Carlos Felipe def. Justin Tafa by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Ramazan Emeev def. David Zawada via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Vanessa Melo def. Sarah Moras by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Austin Lingo def. Jacob Kilburn via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Max Holloway dominates Calvin Kattar

Holloway def. Kattar by unanimous decision (50-42, 50-43, 50-43). What a performance by Holloway. He dominated from the opening bell. He could have easily went another five rounds. 

Holloway-Kattar Round 5

Kattar’s corner tells him to shock the world as he walks to the middle of the Octagon. A horrible decision by the corner. They aren’t looking out for Kattar’s best interests here.

Holloway hurts Kattar bad with a straight right hand. Blood is pouring down Kattar's face. Kattar lands a right hand but his punches have no zip. Dean and Kattar's corner is doing him an injustice. No reason to be absorbing this many strikes. 

(10-9 Holloway, 50-43 Holloway)

Holloway-Kattar Round 4

Holloway starts round four by connecting to the body and then upstairs. Kattar has to unload and not be passive. Holloway is constantly pounding the body. You can tell these shots are taking an effect on Kattar. 

Holloway lands a sharp right elbow to stun Kattar. Holloway senses Kattar is ripe for the taking and unloads a barrage of elbows and punches. Kattar looks to be out on his feet. Why isn't referee Herb Dean stepping in here? Holloway keeps on throwing and he isn't missing. 

Kattar's corner needs to stop the fight. He's got no way to win. (10-8 Holloway, 40-34 Holloway)

Holloway-Kattar Round 3

Kattar comes out with a huge grin on his face. Holloway connects on another series of elbows. It looks to be a matter of time. Wait, Kattar blasts Holloway with two uppercuts followed by a straight right hand to get the former champion’s attention.

Holloway absorbs it and goes back to what he's been doing the previous two rounds. He's attacking the body with punches and now using the jab throw powerful straight right hands. 

All Holloway, all the time right now. (10-9 Holloway, 30-26 Holloway)

Holloway-Kattar Round 2

Holloway begins round two with a three-punch combination. Right now, Holloway is two steps faster than Kattar. 

A straight right hand drops Kattar but he makes it right back up. Holloway is clicking on all cyclinders. Everything he's doling out is connecting. Kattar just stands in front of Holloway. He needs to be first in the exchanges. He does that and it upset Holloway, who unloaded a five-punch combination. 

Another right hand sends Kattar to the mat. Kattar's right eye is cut. Holloway is busting Kattar up against the cage with a barrage of punches and elbows. Blood is pouring down Kattar's face. All heart from Kattar here. With three seconds to go, Holloway throws a head kick to wobble Kattar but doesn't have enough time to end the fight. (10-8 Holloway, 20-17 Holloway)

Max Holloway-Calvin Kattar Round 1

Holloway is starting fast. He's coming out and throwing combinations. Kattar starts to come back and is pumping out a hard jab, which is already causing redness on Holloway's face. Holloway rebounds by mixing up punches upstairs and downstairs to the body. Holloway is throwing and throwing and not giving Kattar any room to breathe. A straight right sends Kattar against the cage.

Holloway looks incredible. He's sharp and everything is on point. (10-9 Holloway)

Main event time

It's time for the main event of UFC on ABC as No. 1-ranked Max Holloway battles No. 6-ranked Calvin Kattar in featherweight action. Holloway looks to get back on track after back-to-back losses to current titlist Alexander Volkanovki. Kattar has won back-to-back contests and is 6-2 overall in the UFC. 

Is Holloway ready to make another run? Can Kattar pull the upset? This should be a great one. 

Carlos Condit beats Matt Brown in entertaining fight

Condit def. Brown via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). A shame to all three judges as there is no way Condit won every round. Brown definitely won the opening round. 

The fight was nothing like had been anticipated. An all-out war on the feet was expected. Instead, we got a good chunk of action on the ground, which wound up being fun to watch.

Condit has now won back-to-back tilts. This was the last fight on his UFC contract. He's in a good position with contract talks looming.

Condit-Brown Round 3

Condit and Brown coming out throwing to begin the final round. Again, we're amazed as Condit secures another takedown. He is trying for a submission but to no avail. Fatigued and looking like he's done, Brown somehow reverses and is now on top of Condit. 

Condit is fighting with all his might. He's on one knee, pops up and blasts Brown with an elbow. Condit picks Brown up and slams him to the mat. Brown shows his determination and regains position with seconds remaining. He's unable to do anything and the final horn sounds. 

What a hard round to score. (10-9 Condit, 29-28 Condit)

Condit-Brown Round 2

Brown is taking the momentum from the first round and bringing it into round two. He rocks Condit with a right hand. Condit starts to get into a rhythm, landing a four-punch combination to the body. Seeing the tide shifting the slighest bit, Brown grabs Condit and forces him against the cage to try and wear him down. 

Shockingly, Condit reverses position and pulls off a beautiful takedown of his own. Condit is mixing it up with elbows and punches. He's constantly moving and staying active, which doesn't allow Brown to garner any breathing room.

Not the fight we were all expecting but it's been a ton of fun thus far. Good bounce-back round for Condit. (10-9 Condit, 19-19)

Carlos Condit-Matt Brown Round 1

Condit is coming out the aggressor, primarly throwing kicks either to the body and head. Condit throws a slow leg kick and Brown catches it and takes Condit down to the ground. The ground game has been Condit's kryptonite his entire career. Brown is doing a good job, staying composed and throwing punches whenever he sees the slighest bit of an opening. With 20 seconds remaining in the round, Condit reverses position and lands a hard elbow.

A shocking opening round that no one expected. (10-9 Brown)

Co-main event time

It is time for the co-main event as Carlos Condit (31-13) squares off against Matt Brown (24-17) in welterweight action. 

Fighters at heart, these are two guys who fans have wanted to see fight for a long time. It had been scheduled twice but failed to go down.

This is an old throwback and should provide plenty of fireworks.

Li Jingliang upsets Santiago Ponzinibbio

Jingliang def. Ponzinibbio by knockout at 4:25 of the first round. Ponzinibbio throws a jab and Jungliang misses a wild left hook. Ponzinibbio misses with right hand of his own as Jingliang slides out of the way and blasts the native of Argentina with a looping left hook to send him to the canvas. The referee steps right in to stop the fight, much to the dismay of Ponzinibbio.

That is Jingliang's seventh knockout, which ties him for fourth most in the welterweight division. 

Three main cards fights, three stoppages. Just the way we drew it up. 

 

 

One of the best welterweights returns from two-year layoff

Up next at UFC on ABC, Santiago Ponzinibbio (28-3) faces Li Jingliang (17-6) in welterweight action. Initially, Ponzinibbio was set to face Muslim Salikhov but the latter had to bow out when he contracted COVID-19. Therefore, Jingliang took the call.

Ponzinibbio returns to the Octagon after a two-year layoff. Jingliang had his three-fight winning streak snapped when he lost by unanimous decision to Neil Magny at UFC 248.

Alessio Di Chirico flips the script on Joaquin Buckley with stunning stoppage

Di Chirico def. Buckley by knockout at 2:12 of the first round. Buckley is moving forward with constant pressure . Buckley bends his knee to throw a left hand and at his lowest point, Di Chirico snaps a right head kick to knock Buckley out on delivery and send him bent over backwards. Di Chirico pounces on Buckley with a series of hammerfists to earn the stoppage victory.

What an emphatic win for Di Chirico! He puts a halt to Buckley’s hype train.

 

 

The exciting Joaquin Buckley returns

Up next at UFC on ABC, Joaquin Buckley (12-3) takes on Alessio Di Chirico (12-5) in middleweight. Buckley delivered one of the best knockouts you will ever see when he nearly sent Impa Kasanganay's head out of the arena with a spinning back kick in October.

Bukcley followed that up with a KO over Jordan Wright at UFC 255. Can Buckley deliver another highlight reel stoppage?

Dana White makes Khabib announcement

UFC president Dana White discusses what happened in his conversation with Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

White says Nurmagomedov told him the lightweight champion is going to watch Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler-Dan Hooker at next Saturday's UFC 257. And if the winner of those fights does something spectacular and makes him want to come back, then he'll return.

So, no decision was made. Nurmagomedov still isn't back. He didn't relinquish the belt. A disappointment of an announcement, considering the hype it received.

Punahele Soriano outpowers Dusko Todorovic to earn first-round stoppage win

Soriano def. Todorovic by TKO at 4:48 of the first round. Soriano continues to batter Todorovic on the feet. He keeps blasting Todorovic with his left hand and sending him to the canvas. A straight left hand sends Todorovic's back to the cage and his mouthpiece out of his mouth and stuck between the mat and the Octagon. Referee Herb Dean orders a quick timeout to retrieve it. 

The short break doesn't help Todorovic as Soriano is pummeling him. Soriano connects with a looping right hook immediately followed by another left to  send Todorovic down for one final time, as Dean had seen enough and stopped the fight.

A great win for Soriano, as he takes Todorovic's 0.

First main card fight

The main card begins with Punahele Soriano (6-0) meeting Dusko Todorovic (10-0) in middleweight action.

Someone's 0 has got to go.

Welcome

Welcome to DAZN News' live coverage of the UFC's debut on ABC. The main event is a good one with former featherweight champion Max Holloway taking on top contender Calvin Kattar. Grab the refreshments, sit on the couch and enjoy what is expected to be an entertaining afternoon of fights.

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