UFC is back from the holiday break with a bang. Its first Fight Night of the new year will also be the first ever card to air on ABC channels, and headlining the occasion is a featherweight bout between Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar.
UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar, a.k.a. UFC Fight Island 7, will air on Saturday, January 16 (1/16/2021) on ABC, and can be streamed live on ESPN Plus, fuboTV, Sling and Hulu + Live TV, where ABC is available.
Holloway (21-6-0), the “Blessed” former featherweight champion, is one of the UFC’s most popular fighters, competing in his first Fight Night event since 2015 and first non-title fight since 2016. Holloway won and unified the Featherweight Championship at UFC 212, and defended it successfully three times before losing the title to Alexander Volkanovski in 2019. He challenged Volkanovski for the title again last year, but lost once more.
Kattar (22-4-0), a.k.a. “The Boston Finisher,” is on a two fight win streak, and has won four of his five last fights. Facing his first former UFC champion will be the biggest challenge of the 32-year-old fighter’s career, and Holloway says he has “something special” in the works for the occasion.
“We are going to be on National TV again,” Holloway told TSN. “This is the time, you are trying to get that special someone or your friend or family member into MMA, make sure they tune in on Saturday, I’m going to do something special. Make sure they watch and I will do the rest for you.”
In the co-main event, Carlos Condit (31-13-0) faces Max Brown (24-17-0) in a welterweight bout with a lot on the line. With big roster cuts looming, both fighters are looking for a statement win, particularly Condit, who’s approaching the final fight on his contract having lost five of his last six fights.
“There’s a lot riding on this fight – a lot of guys getting cut, a lot of people on the chopping block,” Condit said at media day.
- Featherweight: Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar
- Welterweight: Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown
- Welterweight: Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Li Jingliang
- Middleweight: Joaquin Buckley vs. Alessio Di Chirico
- Middleweight: Punahele Soriano vs. Duško Todorović
And this is the full lineup for the preliminary card, which is exclusive to ESPN Plus:
- Middleweight: Phil Hawes vs. Nassourdine Imavov
- Women’s Bantamweight: Wu Yanan vs. Joselyne Edwards
- Heavyweight: Carlos Felipe vs. Justin Tafa
- Welterweight: David Zawada vs. Ramazan Emeev
- Women’s Bantamweight: Sarah Moras vs. Vanessa Melo
- Featherweight: Jacob Kilburn vs. Austin Lingo
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Cable and satellite packages like Spectrum, Verizon and DirecTV don’t give you access to ESPN Plus, so if you want to watch the fight card using legal methods, you’re going to have to pay $5.99 or find a bar that’s showing the bout on TV. (Conversely, ESPN Plus does not give you access to ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU).
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