UFC on ABC 1 pre-event facts: Max Holloway’s chin is legendary

and Abbey Subhan
·5 min read

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

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

For more on the numbers behind the main event, as well as the rest of the card, check below for 45 pre-event facts about UFC on ABC 1.

Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar

Max Holloway

Holloway competes in his 22nd UFC featherweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history. Holloway's total fight time of 4 hours, 57 minutes in UFC featherweight competition is most in divisional history. Holloway's 16 victories in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history. Holloway's 10 stoppage victories in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history. Holloway's eight knockout victories in UFC featherweight competition are most in divisional history. Holloway's six third-round stoppage victories in UFC competition are tied with Randy Couture and Yoel Romero for most in company history. Holloway's eight knockdowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are tied for third most 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. B.J. Penn also accomplished the feat. Holloway has landed 100 or more significant strikes in 11 separate UFC fights, the most 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 significant strikes in UFC competition. His 2,173 landed are most in company history. Holloway has landed 2,358 total strikes in UFC competition are second-most in company history behind Georges St-Pierre (2,591). Holloway landed 290 significant strikes against Brian Ortega at UFC 231, the single-fight UFC record. Holloway landed 134 significant strikes in Round 4 at UFC 231, the single-round UFC record. Holloway and Ortega combined for 400 significant strikes landed at UFC 231, the single-fight UFC record. Holloway's seven fight-night bonuses for UFC featherweight bouts are third most in divisional history behind Cub Swanson (eight) and Chan Sung Jung (eight).

Calvin Kattar

Kattar competes in his third UFC headliner. He's 1-1 in previous main events. Kattar has earned all four of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.

Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown

Carlos Condit

[autotag]Carlos Condit[/autotag] (30-13 MMA, 7-9 UFC) is 3-8 in his past 11 UFC appearances dating back to November 2012. Condit has been taken down at least once in 18 of his 22 UFC/WEC appearances. He's given up a total of 65 takedowns in that stretch. Condit's seven fight-night bonuses for UFC welterweight bouts are tied for second most in divisional history behind Lytle (10).

Matt Brown

[autotag]Matt Brown[/autotag] (22-17 MMA, 15-11 UFC) competes in his 27th UFC welterweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history. Brown's 15 victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Georges St-Pierre (19), Neil Magny (17) and Matt Hughes (16). Brown's 13 stoppage victories in UFC welterweight competition are the most in divisional history. Brown's 11 knockout victories in UFC competition are tied for second most in company history behind Vitor Belfort (12). Brown's 11 knockout victories in welterweight competition are the most in divisional history. Brown's 24 submission attempts in UFC welterweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Lytle (31). Brown's eight stoppage losses in UFC competition are tied for second most in company history behind Tim Boetsch (nine).

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Li Jingliang

Santiago Ponzinibbio

[autotag]Santiago Ponzinibbio[/autotag] (27-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Nov. 17, 2018. The 791-day layoff is the longest of his nearly 13-year career. Ponzinibbio's seven-fight UFC winning streak at welterweight is the third-longest active streak in the division behind Kamaru Usman (12) and Leon Edwards (eight). Ponzinibbio has earned 21 of his 27 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 16 of them in Round 1. Ponzinibbio's four first-round knockout victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Anthony Johnson (five) and Vicente Luque (five).

Joaquin Buckley vs. Alessio Di Chirico

[autotag]Joaquin Buckley[/autotag] (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned all nine of his career stoppage victories by knockout. Buckley is one of four fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning back kick to the head, which he did at UFC on ESPN+ 37 Renan Barao, Uriah Hall, and Magomed Mustafaev also accomplished the feat. [autotag]Alessio Di Chirico[/autotag]'s (12-5 MMA, 3-5 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn't earned a victory since July 2018.

Phil Hawes vs. Nassourdine Imavov

[autotag]Phil Hawes[/autotag] (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned all nine of his career victories by stoppage. Hawes' 18-second knockout at UFC 254 marked the second fastest debut for a middleweight in UFC history behind Mark Weir's 10-second win at UFC 38.

Omari Akhmedov vs. Tom Breese

[autotag]Omari Akhmedov[/autotag] (20-5-1 MMA, 8-4-1 UFC) is 3-1-1 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in December 2017. He’s 4-1-1 in the weight class overall under the UFC banner. [autotag]Tom Breese[/autotag] (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is 2-1 since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in May 2018. Breese has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage. All four of his UFC finishes are by knockout.

Sarah Moras vs. Vanessa Melo

[autotag]Vanessa Melo[/autotag]'s (10-8 MMA, 0-3 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since January 2019. Melo has suffered seven of her eight career losses by decision. That includes all three of her UFC defeats. UFC research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.