A new year has started and a new headliner is just around the corner to kick-start this new year for the UFC in the most spectacular fashion. The upcoming UFC Fight Island 7 is headlined by the featherweight bout between Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar.
The previous year brought tremendous success to the currently 6th ranked featherweight as he scored 2 impressive victories over his contemporaries marking 2020 as his undefeated year in the UFC.
WHAT A START TO THE YEAR ????
— UFC (@ufc) January 15, 2021
In contrast to Calvin Kattar, Max Holloway’s year wasn’t as fruitful as he just fell short of Alexander Volkanovski in an attempt to reclaim the featherweight gold which was once his.
Undoubtedly, these 2 are among the best fighters on the UFC roster. But, the biggest question that arises is what impact will the outcome of their fight have in the featherweight division? Who will get another shot to the belt? It is for certain that the outcome of this event will have a heavy influence on the selection of the next title contender. Max Holloway is highly favored to secure a win over Kattar.
Before Ortega vs. The Korean Zombie, Dana White stated that the winner of that fight would be the next to get the title opportunity. Since Ortega emerged as the victor, he would challenge Volkanovski. So, there’s no way Holloway is going to face the champ in his next defense.
Calvin Kattar has what it takes to beat Max Holloway
But even after beating Kattar, he needs to secure at least one or two more victories to claim his stake at the belt. There’s a concrete reason to support this argument. It is an unwritten rule that one needs to defeat one of the top 5 to become eligible for a title challenge.
Since Kattar is currently not in the top 5, Holloway needs to score victories over the likes of Zabit Magomedsharipov, Yair Rodriguez, and Chan Sung Jung to again be on the radar for the featherweight championship belt.
Till then, it will be the notable clash between the champ and Brian Ortega. Holloway needs to wait a little longer, but he’s a warrior and it’s just a matter of time that we see him again fighting inside the octagon to take something which was once his.