Max Holloway takes on Calvin Kattar this Saturday at UFC Fight Island 7.
One sure-fire way to kick 2021 in an exciting fashion is to book Max Holloway in the main event slot on the first card of the year. With that in mind, the UFC has paired the former featherweight champion against the ever tough Calvin Kattar for the next iteration of UFC Fight Island. This event will not only debut the newly constructed arena on Fight Island, but it will also make history for being the first UFC event broadcast on ABC.
In the days leading up to the big fight, Holloway caught up with reporters for a pre-fight interview in his usual good spirits. Here’s what we learned.
Max Holloway is interested in sparring with pro boxers
Holloway’s best attribute as a fighter is arguably his boxing. While his current training regimen has paid off dividends over the years, Holloway expressed interest in expanding his horizons in the boxing realm. Not known to be a fighter who travels to other gyms for training, Holloway talked about how he would love to get some boxing sparring in with the likes of Terrance Crawford and Brian Garcias. Citing being impressed by the speed of the hands of Garcia, he feels there is something to be gained with getting some rounds in against the top tier fighters from the squared circle.
Max Holloway is not shutting the door on a move to lightweight
It’s hard to imagine Holloway earning a third crack at featherweight champion with a win over Calvin Kattar on Saturday. After taking back to back losses against the current champion Alexander Volkanovski, it’s likely going to take more than one win over a contender to get a title shot. But that doesn’t mean Holloway is in any hurry to jump up a weight class for a fresh coat of paint as we see so often. While it’s clear the 155 division isn’t on his radar right now, when asked about the topic, he told the media that he never says never.
Max Holloway doesn’t like watching fights
You’d think that being a professional fighter would mean that you’d be closely paying attention to what goes on in the world of MMA. Especially when you’re the former UFC champion and one of the most popular names in the featherweight division, but that’s not the case for Holloway. The Hawaiian explained that while he will tune in when his friends are competing or for the big fights, you’re more likely to find him with an Xbox controller in his hand than watching fights on a Saturday night.
UFC Fight Island 7 takes place on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, live from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.