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UFC on ABC 1: Holloway vs. Kattar predictions

First octagon event of 2021

The UFC is back at Fight Island for the company’s first event of year and it features a featherweight clash between former champion No. 1 Max Holloway and No. 6 Calvin Kattar.

The event is also the first event to be televised on ABC. All 22 fighters made weight for Saturday afternoon.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

MAIN CARD (3PM ET/12PM PT)

PUNAHELE SORIANO (7-0-0) VS. DUSKO TODOROVIC (10-0-0)

UFC on ABC 1

Andrews: Good fight to start the mains. Both guys DWCS alums with excellent finish rates. I give the slight edge to Dusko, but would not be shocked with Soriano came through.

Andrews Prediction: Dusko Todorovic via TKO

JOAQUIN BUCKLEY (12-3-0) VS. ALESSIO DI CHIRICO (12-5-0) 

Andrews: Buckley was on fire in 2020, going 2-1-0 and picking up a finish of the year award from the company. Di Chirico is a tough competitor but is on the bubble, with 3 consecutive losses. This is his opportunity to steal some thunder but he’s got to push forward, which means more opportunities for Buckley.

Andrews: Joaquin Buckley via UD

SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO (27-3-0) VS. LI JINGLIANG (17-6-0)

Andrews: This should be a fireworks contest. But Ponzinibbio has more ammo and should emerge with the win.

Andrews Prediction: Santiago Ponzinibbio via TKO

CARLOS CONDIT (31-13-0) VS. MATT BROWN (22-17-0)

Andrews: Condit has looked better as of late. I think he keeps the fight standing long enough to get the decision over Brown.

Andrews Prediction: Carlos Condit via UD

MAIN EVENT

MAX HOLLOWAY (21-6-0) VS. CALVIN KATTAR (22-4-0)

Andrews: If Holloway returns to form, he should be able to outstrike Kattar with his footwork and pinpoint strikes. If Kattar can pressure Max, then he has a chance, but this fight is Holloway’s to lose.

Andrews Prediction: Max Holloway via UD

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KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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