UFC Fight island 7: Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar Picks and Predictions

UFC Fight island 7: Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar Picks and Predictions Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Calvin Kattar vs. Max Holloway

Saturday, January, 16th at 3:00 PM ET

The Line: -- Max Holloway -150 / Calvin Kattar +120 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar face off on Saturday in UFC on ABC in a featherweight battle in the main event at the Flash Forum at Yas Island. 

Max “Blessed” Holloway comes into this fight with a 21-6 record and he has lost 2 fights in a 

Row. Holloway likes to throw a lot of punches but also takes a fair amount of damage. On the season, Holloway is averaging 6.47 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 4.52 significant strikes per minute. Holloway usually likes to keep the fight on the feet and is only averaging 0.22 takedowns every 15 minutes but he is successful on 83 percent of his attempts. Holloway also stops 83 percent of his opponents takedown attempts. He also averages 0.4 submission attempts every 15 minutes. 

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Calvin Kattar comes into this fight with a 22-4 record and he has won 2 fights in a row. Kattar’s last fight came against Dan Ige and it was a pretty dominant win as he was able to come away with the unanimous decision victory.  Much like Holloway, Kattar is a player who dishes out a lot of damage, but also takes a lot of damage. Kattar is averaging 5.01 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 5.66 significant strikes per minute. Kattar is absorbing 0.47 successful takedowns every 15 minutes, but he is only successful on 37 percent of his takedown attempts. Kattar does do a good job of keeping his opponents off the mat though. Kattar stops 88 percent of his opponents' takedown attempts. In this fight Kattar needs to inflict some early damage or there could be real struggles coming away with the victory. 

Kattar is stepping up in competition, but I think he is going to find success. Holloway really struggled in his last fight and I don’t see anything different happening in this fight. Look for Kattar to be the one applying the pressure and Holloway will wear down a bit. Back Kattar at plus money to come away with the victory.

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Shane’s Pick Calvin Kattar +120

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