Max Holloway placed on a efficiency for the ages on Saturday night time at UFC Battle Island.
Blessed took on the quantity sixth ranked featherweight Calvin Kattar in what was billed to be a barnstorming most important occasion for the primary of three combat island playing cards, however former champion Holloway stole the present.
The 29 12 months outdated landed an astounding – and UFC document – 445 vital strikes on Kattar over the 25 minutes of motion to safe the unanimous choice victory, 50-43, 50-43, 50-42.
Holloway now has 17 featherweight wins within the promotion and that’s additionally a document.
UFC president Dana White mentioned that Holloway deserves one other shot on the title subsequent and he additionally mentioned he needed the combat stopped within the fourth spherical with Kattar taking huge injury.
Kattar didn’t face the media after the combat. He went straight to the hospital as an alternative.
Through the fifth spherical, Holloway began speaking to the commentators mid-fight and was shouting contained in the octagon and from the media tables the place we sat, we might hear Holloway proclaim himself one of the best boxer in UFC.
In fact, he was answering the truth that Kattar had advised he was the stronger boxer of the 2, however he was speaking to Daniel Cormier and Dan Hardy who he might hear discussing it at ringside!
White commented on Holloway’s showmanship throughout the combat on the after-show press convention.
“Lots of people that we respect and know quite a bit about this spot picked Kattar to win tonight. And let’s give Kattar the respect he deserves too, it takes two to make an incredible combat. Unimaginable.
“Holloway’s enjoyable man, it’s loopy. I haven’t talked to Max about this and I don’t know if it’s 100 p.c true, however I used to be listening to he didn’t even spar this camp. So to not spar for this camp and carry out the best way that he did, it’s fairly spectacular. [He shouted in the cage tonight he was the best boxer in UFC], however he’s one of many all-time greats in preventing, interval.”