Regardless of whether he still has a championship belt, Max Holloway insists he still feels like a champion. The former longtime featherweight titleholder vows to perform like one on Saturday when he faces fellow contender Calvin Kattar in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar. Their much-anticipated fight draws the curtain from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. The main UFC fight card is set for 3 p.m. ET. Holloway, now the top-ranked contender, lost his title and a subsequent rematch in a pair of razor-thin decision losses to current champion Alexander Volkanovski last year.
However, the affable Hawaiian champion told the media those defeats don't dampen his view that he is still the division's top fighter. Holloway is a -160 favorite (risk $160 to win $100), while Kattar is a +140 underdog in the latest Holloway vs. Kattar odds from William Hill Sportsbook. In the co-main event, Carlos Condit (-155) faces Matt Brown (+135) in a matchup of veteran welterweights. Before you make any picks for UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar, make sure you see what SportsLine MMA analyst Kyle Marley has to say.
Marley won the first-ever "ToutMaster" UFC betting contest sponsored by MMAOddsBreaker and appears regularly on multiple MMA betting and daily Fantasy shows. He watches every single fight for every professional MMA card and does extensive research before each event.
Over the past 23 months, $100 bettors who have followed Marley's picks are up more than $22,000. The accomplished MMA analyst heads into 2021 on the heels of a memorable run in 2020 that saw him nail 24 of his last UFC 34 main event picks, a stretch that included a streak of five straight underdogs.
At the last UFC Fight Night of 2020, Marley's winners included calling a dominant decision victory for Jose Aldo (-140) over Marlon Vera (-120) in the bantamweight co-main event. Anyone who has consistently followed Marley is way up.
Now, he's analyzed every fight on the UFC: Holloway vs. Kattar card. You can only see all of his winners here.
Holloway vs. Kattar preview
Holloway (21-6) could possibly consider changing weight classes, but in the meantime he is staying active by serving as a gatekeeper of sorts for the top three spots at featherweight.
Although still just 29, the Hawaiian remains one of the most accomplished UFC champions in recent memory. He won the vacant title in December 2016 and unified the belt in June 2017 with a stoppage win over former longtime champion Jose Aldo.
He stopped Aldo again in their December 2017 rematch before picking apart previously-unbeaten prospect Brian Ortega in December 2018. His other defense came against iconic former champion Frankie Edgar.
Holloway could face a stern test from Kattar (22-4), who is fast earning a reputation as perhaps the division's hardest puncher. The rugged Boston native comes straight ahead and invites toe-to-to exchanges with his opponent, confident he will get the best of them. You can only see Marley's coveted Kattar vs. Holloway picks here.
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We'll reveal one of Marley's UFC Fight night selections here: He is picking Santiago Ponzinibbio (-280) to get his hand raised against Li Jinglang (+240) in a matchup of welterweight prospects.
Ponzinibbio (27-3) was seen as a fast-rising prospect who repeatedly answered the call against upper-tier competition while making his way through the UFC ranks. However, an assortment of injuries have kept him shelved since November 2018, when he knocked out perennial contender Neil Magny. The 34-year-old Argentinian also has a victory over the rugged Mike Perry on his resume and will enter the Octagon on a seven-fight win streak.
Jinglang (17-6) has similarly exhibited a polished skill set while going on a run that includes wins in three of his past four outings. However, the 32-year-old Chinese fighter's last bout ended in a decision loss to Magny last March to snap a three-bout winning streak.
"Ponzinibbio has the better hands and will clip Li's chin at least once and possibly put him away," Marley told SportsLine.
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Marley also has strong picks for Holloway vs. Kattar and every other bout on the UFC Fight Night card. He's also backing one fighter to "land a big shot" and pull a monster upset. You can only see who to back here.
Who wins Calvin Kattar vs. Max Holloway? And which underdog is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to get detailed picks on every fight at UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar, all from the incomparable expert who's up more than $22,000 on MMA in the past 23 months, and find out.
UFC Fight Night odds
Max Holloway (-160) vs. Calvin Kattar (+140)
Carlos Condit (-155) vs. Matt Brown (+135)
Santiago Ponzinibbio (-280) vs. Li Jinglang (+240)
Joaquin Buckley (-270) vs. Alessio Di Chirico (+230)
Dusko Todrovic (-160) vs. Punahele Soriano (+140)
Phil Hawes (-135) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (+115)
Wu Yanan (-125) vs. Joselyne Edwards (+105)
Tom Breese (-140) vs. Omari Akhmedov (+120)
Carlos Felipe (-180) vs. Justin Tafa (+160)
Ramazan Emeev (-260) vs. David Zawada (+220)
Sarah Moras (-240) vs. Vanessa Melo (+200)
Austin Lingo (-210) vs. Jacob Kilburn (+180)