Watch Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar both make weight for UFC on ABC 1 showdown on Fight IslandJanuary 15, 2021
MAX HOLLOWAY and Calvin Kattar both made weight this morning for their eagerly-anticipated Fight Island showdown.
The featherweight duo, 29 and 32 respectively, are set to throw down on Saturday night in the main event of UFC on ABC 1 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
And both men successfully made weight for their historic bout, which will be the first headline act at the brand new Etihad Arena.
Fan favourite Holloway took to the scales first, weighing in at 146lbs.
The in-form Kattar, who has won his last two on the bounce, followed soon after and also tipped the scales at 146lbs.
Former featherweight king Holloway will look to snap a two-fight losing streak against Boston's Kattar.
Holloway's skid was inflicted on him by current 145lb king Alexander Volkanosvki, whom he last tangled with last July at UFC 251.
Many, including UFC president Dana White believes Holloway got the better of the Aussie that night.
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Holloway has taken solace in that fact ahead of his first outing of the year, saying: “It means a lot. That’s why the last fight, it’s hard to be made about it.
"It’s hard to be mad about the last fight cause exactly what you said, 80 to 90 percent of the world thought I won the fight.
“It’s not just fans. It’s competitors. It’s guys like Nate [Diaz], Dustin [Poirier], Justin [Gaethje], Jorge [Masvidal], people like coaches, GSP’s coach [Firas Zahabi], ‘Big’ John McCarthy, the guy who made the rules. I ain’t too mad about it.”
Although he's no longer champ, Holloway still intends to act, and more importantly, fight like one.
He said: “I told you guys way before when I had the belt — the belt was just something to show the world that I was the champion.
"I’m going to carry myself as a champion belt or no belt. We’re going to go out there and fight. I love fighting. I love to fight.
“People say it’s hard to get up. I’m still fighting five, five [minute] rounds. Still championship rounds. We’re on ABC.
"I know a lot of pay-per-view fighters that would kill to be in this position so at the end of the day, it still feels the same. A fight is a fight to me.”
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