UFC will launch its 2021 promotion together with UFC on ABC 1 on Saturday, marking the return of the promotion to network TV.
Winning the title on the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), followed by ESPN+, was the high-stakes badminton confrontation of former longtime champion Max Holloway (21-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC). Blazing Calvin Kattar (22-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC).
For more information about the Main Event and the rest of the event card, check out the 45 pre-match facts about UFC on ABC 1 below.
Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar
Holloway participated in his 22nd UFC lightweight game, the most in division history.
In the UFC lightweight competition, Holloway’s total fighting time was 4 hours and 57 minutes, the most in division history.
Holloway has 16 victories in the UFC lightweight competition, the most in division history.
In the UFC lightweight competition, Holloway’s 10 suspension victories were the most in division history.
Holloway’s eight knockout wins in the UFC lightweight competition are the most in division history.
In the company’s history, Holloway tied with Randy Couture and Yoel Romero in six third-round suspension victories in UFC competitions.
In the UFC lightweight competition, Holloway’s 8 knockout rounds ranked third in the history of the division, second only to Jeremy Stevens (11) and Josh Emmett ( 10).
Holloway (Holloway) is one of two fighters in UFC history to complete 23 octagonal appearances without knocking down. BJ Penn also accomplished this feat.
Holloway has scored 100 or more major blows in 11 UFC fights, the most in the company’s history. No other fighter has more than eight such performances.
Holloway is the only fighter in history that has won 2,000 or more strikes in UFC competitions. His 2,173 logins are the most in the company’s history.
Holloway hit a total of 2,358 strikes in UFC competitions, second only to Georges St-Pierre (2591) in company history.
Holloway made 290 major strikes against Brian Ortega at UFC 231 (single UFC record).
Holloway won 134 important strikes in the 4th round of UFC 231, setting a UFC single-round record.
Holloway and Ortega went on 400 major strikes together, landing on UFC 231 (single UFC record).
Holloway’s 7 battle night prizes for the UFC lightweight competition ranked third in the history of the division, second only to Cub Swanson (eight) and Chan Sung Jung (eight).
Qatar participated in his third UFC headline news. He was 1-1 in previous major events.
Qatar (Kattar) won all four UFC victories through knockouts.
Carlos Condit (Carlos Condit) vs. Matt Brown (Matt Brown)
Carlos Condit (30-13 MMA, 7-9 UFC) has led by 3-8 in 11 UFC appearances since November 2012.
Condit was knocked down at least once in 18 of the 22 UFC/WEC games. During that time, he gave up a total of 65 eliminations.
Condit received 7 battle night prizes for the UFC welterweight competition, ranking second in department history, second only to Lytle (10).
Matt Brown (22-17 MMA, 15-11 UFC) participated in his 27th UFC middleweight competition, the most played in the history of the division.
Brown scored 15 victories in the UFC welterweight competition and ranked fourth in divisional history, second only to George Saint-Pierre (19), Neil Mani (17) and Matt Hughes ( 16).
Brown won 13 stoppage-time victories in UFC middleweight competitions, the most in divisional history.
Brown’s 11 knockout wins in UFC competitions ranked second in company history, second only to Vitor Belfort (12).
Brown’s 11 knockout wins in welterweight competitions are the most in division history.
Brown’s 24 submission attempts in the UFC middleweight competition is the second-highest record in department history after Lytle (31).
Brown’s eight replacement losses in UFC games ranked second in company history, second only to Tim Boych (nineth).
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Li Jingliang
Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) has returned to the competition for the first time since November 17, 2018. The 791 days of layoffs is the longest in his nearly 13-year career.
Ponzinibbio’s seven-game UFC winning streak in the welterweight class is the third longest consecutive record after Kamaru Usman (12) and Leon Edwards (8).
Ponzinibbio won 21 of his 27 career victories through a stoppage. He completed 16 items in the first round.
Ponzinibbio has four first-round knockout wins in the UFC welterweight competition, ranking third in divisional history, second only to Anthony Johnson (five) and Vicente Luque (five).
Joaquin Barkley vs. Alessio Di Chirico
Joaquin Buckley (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) won all nine of his career victories through knockouts.
Barkley is one of the four champion fighters in UFC history. This is a knockout match that resulted from his kick to the head. He also achieved this feat on UFC’s ESPN + 37 Renan Barao, Uriah Hall and Magomed Mustafaev.
Alessio Di Chirico (12-5 MMA, 3-5 UFC) three-pointer slip is the longest in his career. Since July 2018, he has never won.
Phil House vs. Nasuldin Inawav
Phil Hawes (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has won all nine of his career victories due to a work stoppage.
Hawes’ 18-second knockout at UFC 254 marked the second fastest middleweight debut in UFC history, second only to Mark Weir’s 10-second victory at UFC 38.
Omari Ahmedov vs. Tom Blaise
Since he returned to the UFC Middleweight Division in December 2017, Omari Akhmedov (20-5-1 MMA, 8-4-1 UFC) has a record of 3-1-1. He is 4-1-1 in the UFC overall heavyweight class.
Tom Breese (Tom Breese (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC)) Since he was promoted to the UFC middleweight division in May 2018, he is 2-1.
Bres won 11 of his 12 career victories through suspension. All four completions of his UFC are knockouts.
Sarah Moras vs. Vanessa Melo
Vanessa Melo (10-8 MMA, 0-3 UFC) three-pointer slip is the longest in her career. Since January 2019, she has never won.
Melo suffered seven of eight career losses due to the decision. This includes all three of her losses in the UFC.
UFC research analyst and real-time statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.