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Calvin Kattar has a message for not-champion Max Holloway: ‘To overlook me would be a mistake’

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UFC 214: Fili v Kattar Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

UFC President Dana White believes former featherweight champion Max Holloway was the victim of “bad judging” in the Hawaiian’s rematch against Alexander Volkanovski, which may have “Blessed” focusing on a potential trilogy against his “Great” rival.

That would be a mistake, according to Calvin Kattar.

“The Boston Finisher” headlines the UFC Fight Island 7 main event against Holloway when the promotion returns to “Fight Island” on Jan. 16 in Abu Dhabi, a five-round showdown that could push Kattar atop the very short list of 145-pound title contenders.

“It’s a good opportunity to show that I’m that guy,” Kattar told MMA Fighting. “There’s these guys out there touting Max like he’s still the champ, and I think he may even be still focused on the champ. But to overlook me would be a mistake.”

Kattar (22-4), who sits just outside the Top 5 at No. 6, is looking to extend his winning streak to three after taking consecutive victories over Jeremy Stephens and Dan Ige. The 32 year-old “Boston Finisher” has now won four of his last five.

This will be the first non-title fight for Holloway (21-6) since capturing the featherweight strap against Jose Aldo back in summer 2017. A victory keeps his title hopes alive while a loss could send him to the back of the line, or into a fight against the loser of this matchup.

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