UFC superstar Max Holloway has slaughtered Calvin Kattar and a long list of records in an astounding performance at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
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Holloway’s performance, described by gun UFC welterweight Marvin Vettori as “one of the craziest” he had seen, saw the Hawaiian break the competition’s records of significant strikes (445, previously 290), total strikes (447, previously 361), significant attacks (744, previously 515), total attacks (746, previously 541) and significant head strikes (274, previously 244).
And in another startling indication of just how dominant Holloway was during his five-round featherweight demolition of Kattar, he spoke to commentators during the fight, yapping away as he fired off no-look punches and taunted the Italian.
It was a testament to Kattar’s extreme resolve that he wasn’t beaten by a knockout, despite getting dropped in the second round and copping vicious beatings in the fourth and fifth.
But Holloway’s supreme performance was drilled home when the judges announced 50-43, 50-43, 50-42 scorecards.
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The 29-year-old became just the third fighter in UFC history, behind Gil Castillo and David Loiseau, to earn a 42-point scorecard in a five-round fight.
Holloway had headed into the main event on the back of two consecutive defeats at the hands of Australian Alex Volkanovski, while Kattar had taken to the contest on the back of two consecutive victories over Americans Jeremy Stephens and Dan Ige.
But Holloway was a different beast in his clash with Kattar in the United Arab Emirates.
“He looked like Muhammad Ali out there tonight,” former two-division champion Daniel Cormier said post-fight.
“Max Holloway was floating and stinging. It was unbelievable.”
Former UFC fighter Dan Hardy was also in shock.
“I’ve never seen anything like that,” he said.
UFC president Dana White called for a third showdown between Holloway and Volkanovski post-fight.
“I think we have to (consider the trilogy fight),” White said.
“He did what he needed to do in spectacular fashion and I think he deserves to fight Volkanovski again.”
But Holloway refused to buy into the hype.
“All I’ve got to say is there’s a big, big fight next week – Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor,” Holloway said.
“And guess what? Your boy is staying all into the week. If anything happens – somebody drops out – Dana knows my number. He can hit me up.”
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