Max Holloway will be looking to avoid losing three fights in a row for the first time in his professional MMA career when he battles fellow featherweight Calvin Kattar at UFC Fight Island 7 as a -160 favourite on the UFC odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The former UFC featherweight champion lost his belt to Alexander Volkanovski with a unanimous decision loss at UFC 245. Holloway subsequently fell short in his bid to reclaim the title from Volkanovski at UFC 251, dropping a split decision, and has now lost three of four fights going into Saturday night’s bout at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Holloway’s current swoon comes on the heels of a 13-0 run that stands as the second longest win streak in UFC history. The 29-year-old Hawaiian also tallied a UFC record 14 straight wins as a featherweight prior to his recent losses to Volkanovski, with 10 of those victories coming inside the distance. However, the judges have regularly decided things in Blessed’s recent octagon appearances, with each of his past four contests going a full five rounds.
Kattar makes his second appearance at UFC Fight Island set as a +130 underdog at sports betting sites. A winner in six of eight octagon appearances since joining the UFC in 2017, Kattar has seen four of those victories come by TKO, including first-round victories over Chris Fishgold and Ricardo Lamas at UFC Fight Night 138 and UFC 238, respectively. However, the 32-year-old American needed a unanimous nod from the judges to earn the win over Dan Ige as a -240 wager in his last outing at UFC Fight Island 1, which also marked the only time he has seen action in championship rounds since joining the promotion.
Elsewhere on the UFC odds for Saturday, a pair of welterweight veterans clash in the co-main event as Carlos Condit battles Matt Brown as -170 chalk. Condit is coming off his first victory in five years, a three-round unanimous decision win over Court McGee as a +110 underdog at UFC Fight Island 4, but has not tallied consecutive victories in almost nine years.
Listed as a +140 underdog, Brown saw a two-fight win streak come to an end with a second-round TKO loss to Miguel Baeza while sporting -165 odds at UFC on ESPN 8. The 40-year-old has fallen to defeat in six of his past nine outings, but has seen two of those victories come within five minutes.
Earlier in the night, Santiago Ponzinibbio battles fellow welterweight Jingliang Li as -310 chalk, and Joaquin Buckley is a -270 favourite in a middleweight clash with Alessio Di Chirico.