Holloway vs. Kattar Betting Preview for UFC Fight Night – January 16, 2021

| January 5, 2021 11:23 am PDT

The festive season is over. But the UFC is set to return with a bang.

Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar goes down on Saturday, January 16, at “Fight Island 7” in Abu Dhabi, in what should be a barnstorming featherweight clash.

I’ll be taking you through the odds for Holloway vs. Kattar, the best bets for the fight, and a little analysis that will help you get to grips with this super main event.

As always, I like to start off with my take on the fight before I go any further. So, here’s my prediction for Holloway vs. Kattar.

Holloway vs. Kattar – Who Wins?

  • Max Holloway to Win by Decision

As much as Holloway’s coaching team will be keen to remind their fighter that form is temporary, but class is permanent, there will be no fingers on the panic button just yet.

Holloway is 2-3 from his last five, having registered one of the greatest winning streaks in UFC history before being beaten in a lightweight scrap with Dustin Poirier. He lost two on the bounce to UFC featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski, but I believe he won that last fight.

More on why Holloway’s class will show against Kattar a little later. Before that, let’s look at the odds I have found over on the best UFC sportsbooks.

Latest Holloway vs. Kattar Odds

Max Holloway to Win-170
Calvin Kattar to Win+140

Holloway’s odds for the UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar headliner come in at -170.

The former featherweight kingpin will be desperate to get back in the win column following those two losses to Volkanovski. If he is to reclaim his title, this is a fight that he must win.

Kattar’s odds to beat Holloway are +140, making him the marginal dog on the night.

An excellent boxer with a rock-solid chin, Kattar is capable of beating Holloway. He was chasing a date with the champ Volkanovski until he got the shot at Blessed. But can he make it as far as a championship fight? Are the odds above a true reflection of his talents inside the cage?

I’ll touch upon these questions when I look at the following bets.

Best Holloway vs. Kattar Bets

  • Holloway to Win -170
  • Holloway to Win by Decision +120
  • Kattar to Win +140

Holloway to Win (-170) is the first logical bet to look at.

Considered by many to be the greatest featherweight of all time in mixed martial arts, it’s just incredible to consider what the 29-year-old has achieved since hooking up with the promotion in February 2012.

He has wins over the likes of Jose Aldo (x2), Brian Ortega, Charles Oliveira, Frankie Edgar, and Anthony Pettis.

But if he is to beat Kattar, Holloway to Win by Decision (+120) is likely to be the bet that makes the most sense.

Plus, money odds for Holloway to overcome the crafty, tough Kattar on the scorecards sounds good to me. The last four “Blessed” fights have gone the distance, with three of Kattar’s last six making it to the cards.

Neither fighter has ever been knocked out in a combined 53 fights. Dang.

Some see the fight as a toss-up, so if you’re backing Kattar to Win (+140), all power to you.

But I’m not as confident in Kattar bagging the win. Instead, my money is on Holloway in this one.

Here’s why.

Why Holloway Beats Kattar

Calvin Kattar deserves his chance to beat a living legend in Max Holloway.

But I’m not sure that he has the right style to overcome the former champion. Yes, he has impressive boxing skills, but they have been a little hyped up. If you were to rely exclusively on UFC commentators for the lowdown on this guy, you would probably be convinced that Holloway is stepping in there against Roy Jones Jr.

Well, he’s not. Holloway is, however, facing a guy that has a solid jab and real pop in his knuckles. But with his chin, output, experience, and relentless engine, Blessed poses a tougher task to Kattar than the other way around.

Both men stand at 5’10” with records of 20-4. Holloway has three years on his man but has certainly got the experience of fighting better opponents. He has more miles on the clock and has been in more wars, but at 29, I don’t expect to see this show in this fight.

Once Holloway keeps the pressure on Kattar while avoiding those chopping hooks and scything elbows on the inside, he smothers his man to a unanimous decision win.

That’s my prediction for Holloway vs. Kattar.

Closing Words

I can’t wait to see what should be an awesome tussle between two of the best boxers in the UFC featherweight division.

But for me, Max Holloway is the better fighter. He has the skill and durability to go to war with Kattar and come out the other side with the victory. His volume and technical supremacy should be on full show as he aims to re-establish himself as the king of 145-pounds, which I believe he will.

Looking past Holloway vs. Kattar, we have the return of Conor McGregor on January 23. It’s not too early to get your McGregor vs. Poirier bets for UFC 257 down, of course, so check out the following content for more information.

Good luck with your bets!

Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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