Max Holloway’s brilliance and Calvin Kattar’s toughness earned them a little extra bonus money on Saturday night.
Holloway and Kattar received “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their five-round battle in the UFC on ABC 1 headliner at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. Holloway put on a clinic in earning a trio of lopsided scorecards from the cageside judges, but Kattar kept swinging right up until the final horn in a memorable kickoff to the promotion’s 2021 schedule.
Elsewhere, Jingliang Li earned a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” check by spoiling the return of Santiago Ponzinibbio in a featured welterweight affair. A massive counter left hook from “The Leech” floored Ponzinibbio and a follow-up hammerfist snapped his foe’s seven-bout winning streak 4:25 into Round 1.
Finally, Alessio Di Chirico garnered the evening’s other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for flipping the script on viral knockout artist Joaquin Buckley in a main-card middleweight matchup. Di Chirico brought an emphatic end to a three-fight skid when he knocked out his foe with a head-kick and follow-up ground strikes at the 2:12 mark of the opening round.
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