UFC on ABC 1 Pre-Facts: Max Holloway’s Legendary Chin



The UFC kicks off its 2021 campaign on Saturday with UFC on ABC 1, which marks the return of the promotion to network television.

Headlining the card on ABC, which follows the preliminaries on ESPN +, is a high-stakes featherweight clash between former longtime champion Max Holloway (21-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC), who looking to break a two-fight losing skid, and hot Calvin Kattar (22-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC).

For more on the main event numbers, as well as the rest of the map, check out 45 UFC pre-event facts on ABC 1 below.

Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar

Max Holloway

Holloway is in his 22nd UFC featherweight fight, the most appearances in division history.

Holloway’s total fight time of 4 hours and 57 minutes in the UFC featherweight competition is the longest in divisional history.

Holloway’s 16 wins in the UFC featherweight competition are the biggest in the history of the division.

Holloway’s 10 stoppage wins in the UFC featherweight competition are the biggest in divisional history.

Holloway’s eight knockout wins in the UFC featherweight competition are the most significant in the history of the division.

Holloway’s six third-round stoppage wins in UFC competition are tied with Randy Couture and Yoel Romero for most in company history.

Holloway’s eight knockdowns won in the UFC featherweight competition are tied for third in divisional history behind Jeremy Stephens (11) and Josh Emmett (10).

Holloway is one of two fighters in UFC history to complete 23 Octagon appearances without suffering a knockdown. BJ Penn also accomplished the feat.

Holloway landed 100 or more strikes in 11 separate UFC fights, the largest in company history. No other fighter has more than eight such performances.

Holloway is the only fighter in history to land 2,000 or more strikes in UFC competition. Its 2,173 landings are the most significant in the history of the company.

Holloway landed 2,358 strikes in total in UFC competition, second in company history behind Georges St-Pierre (2,591).

Holloway landed 290 significant strikes against Brian Ortega at UFC 231, the UFC record in a single fight.

Holloway landed 134 significant strikes in Round 4 at UFC 231, the UFC single-round record.

Holloway and Ortega combined for 400 important strikes landed at UFC 231, the UFC record in one fight.

Holloway’s seven fight night bonuses for UFC featherweight fights are the third highest in divisional history behind Cub Swanson (eight) and Chan Sung Jung (eight).

Calvin kattar

Kattar is making his third UFC headliner. He’s 1-1 in previous main events.

Kattar took all four of his stoppage wins in the UFC by knockout.

Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown

Carlos condit

Carlos Condit (30-13 MMA, 7-9 UFC) is 3-8 in his last 11 UFC appearances since November 2012.

Condit has been knocked out at least once in 18 of his 22 UFC / WEC appearances. He gave up a total of 65 eliminations in that streak.

Condit’s seven fight night bonuses for UFC welterweight bouts are tied for second in divisional history behind Lytle (10).

Matt brown

Matt Brown (22-17 MMA, 15-11 UFC) is in his 27th UFC welterweight bout, the most appearances in division history.

Brown’s 15 wins in the UFC welterweight competition are tied for fourth in division history behind Georges St-Pierre (19), Neil Magny (17) and Matt Hughes (16).

Brown’s 13 stoppage wins in the UFC welterweight competition are the biggest in division history.

Brown’s 11 knockout wins in UFC competition are tied for second in company history behind Vitor Belfort (12).

Brown’s 11 knockout wins in welterweight competition are the biggest in division history.

Brown’s 24 submission attempts in the UFC welterweight competition are the second-largest in divisional history behind Lytle (31).

Brown’s eight stoppage losses in UFC competition are tied for second in company history behind Tim Boetsch (nine).

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Li Jingliang

Santiago ponzinibbio

Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since November 17, 2018. The 791-day layoff is the longest of his nearly 13-year career.

Ponzinibbio’s seven-game UFC welterweight streak is the third longest active streak in the division behind Kamaru Usman (12) and Leon Edwards (eight).

Ponzinibbio has won 21 of his 27 career wins by stoppage. He finished 16 in the first round.

Ponzinibbio’s four knockout wins in the first round of the UFC welterweight competition are tied for third in divisional history behind Anthony Johnson (five) and Vicente Luque (five).

Joaquin Buckley v. Alessio Di Chirico

Joaquin Buckley (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) earned all of his nine career stoppage wins by knockout.

Buckley is one of four fighters in UFC history to win a knockout resulting from a back kick to the head, which he did at UFC on ESPN + 37 Renan Barao, Uriah Hall and Magomed Mustafaev also accomplished the feat.

Alessio Di Chirico’s (12-5 MMA, 3-5 UFC) losing slippage in three fights is the longest of his career. He hasn’t scored a victory since July 2018.

Phil Hawes vs. Nassourdine Imavov

Phil Hawes (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned all of his nine career wins by stoppage.

Hawes’ 18-second knockout at UFC 254 marked the second-fastest middleweight start in UFC history behind Mark Weir’s 10-second win at UFC 38.

Omari Akhmedov vs. Tom Breese

Omari Akhmedov (20-5-1 MMA, 8-4-1 UFC) is 3-1-1 since returning to the UFC middleweight division in December 2017. He is 4-1-1 in the weight class under the UFC banner.

Tom Breese (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is 2-1 since moving to the UFC middleweight division in May 2018.

Breese has won 11 of his 12 career wins by stoppage. His four UFC finishes are by knockout.

Sarah Moras vs. Vanessa Melo

Vanessa Melo’s three-fight losing skid (10-8 MMA, 0-3 UFC) is the longest of her career. She hasn’t won a victory since January 2019.

Melo has suffered seven of his eight career decision losses. That includes his three losses in the UFC.

UFC research analyst and live stats producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.




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