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This is one of the fights that UFC fans looked forward to all year. In Fight Island's first main event of the week, Max Holloway looked confident as ever as he dismantled Calvin Kattar in Abu Dhabi.
In what ended as a unanimous decision in Holloway's favor (50-43, 50-43, 50-42), the 29-year-old UFC veteran put on a performance that many are calling the most dominant in the history of the competition. With 90 seconds left in the bout, Holloway started chirping at the commentary team, making eye contact and shouting "I'm the best boxer in the UFC" while he threw no-look punches at Kattar.
If the eye test wasn't enough to prove to you that this was the best performance in the history of the UFC, Holloway shattered records for the promotion in 8 categories in the fight. The 145-pound featherweight set the record for:
significant strikes landed with 445 (previously 290),
significant strike attempts with 744 (previously 515),
distance strikes landed 439 (previously 281),
significant head strikes landed with 274 (previously 244),
significant body strikes landed with 117 (previously 92),
significant strikes landed in a round with 141 (previously 134),
total strikes landed with 447 (previously 361),
and total strikes attempted with 746 (previously 541)
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UFC president Dana White admitted that Holloway deserves another shot at the featherweight title vs current champion Alexander Volkanovski. Volkanovski has defeated Holloway twice in his career, both being close fights. Unfortunately, a third meeting between the featherweight juggernauts will have to wait as Volkanovski has a fight scheduled for March 27th against Brian Ortega.
In his post-fight interview, Holloway took time to promote the upcoming Mcgregor vs Poirier rematch scheduled for this upcoming Saturday, January 23. It is unclear whether he was joking or not, but Max insinuated to Dana White that he would be ready to fill in for either fighter if they were deemed ineligible.