‘Blessed’ Max Holloway showed one of his carrier’s best performances in the fight against 6th ranked Featherweight fighter Calvin Kattar. Holloway broke his own record of a maximum number of significant strikes landed in the 4th round.
Max Holloway landed a total of 141 significant strikes in the 4th round and there was one point where it looked that Kattar is almost out of the fight. Kattar’s legs get uprooted but he keeps swinging and Herb Dean didn’t jump in to stop the fight.
The UFC president Dana White was sitting beside the Octagon and in the post-match press conference, White says that fight should have been stopped in the fourth round.
White says, “I thought the fight should have been stopped in the fourth round, I was freaking out a little bit. I said to his coaches he’s not going to stop and talk to anybody. We’re going to take him straight to the ambulance and send him to the hospital.”
“Then I went over to him and I said ‘you’re so tough, what an unbelievable performance’ and he said ‘that’s not what I want to be known for.’ He goes ‘but I’m not going to back down to anybody’ and I said we’re going to send you straight to the hospital right now.”
“I don’t want you talking to anybody or doing anything. He started laughing and thought that was funny. He’s in good spirits, his head is clear.”
Kattar displayed incredible heart to endure those shots
Max Holloway gave Calvin Kattar the worst beating of his entire UFC carrier but still, that guy didn’t fall down. He took all the shots and keeps standing. Dana White also added that he can only say the fight needs to be stopped but in the end, it was Herb Dean’s decision.
White says, “I’m not the ref, Herb Dean tonight was the guy who makes that decision. I thought it should have been stopped in the fourth round. I hate to see a kid continue to take punishment like that.”
“But he seems to be OK, and as long as he’s OK, that’s the ref’s job, not mine. Our interaction made me feel better, All’s good and everything I’m hearing is good so far. Those kinds of fights freak me out.”
“He was completely coherent, clear, speaking perfectly. But we got him right in an ambulance and have him going to get checked out.”