The UFC is set to return tonight and kick-off 2021 with a bout between Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar on Fight Island.
Having had Christmas off, the world of MMA will burst back into life ahead of what should be a thrilling year.
Max Holloway takes on Calvin Kattar on Fight Island this weekend
The UFC has returned to Fight Island to start 2021 with the blockbuster event of Conor McGregor v Dustin Poirier coming up next weekend.
But before that, MMA fans will get to enjoy two extra events in Abu Dhabi starting with Holloway v Kattar on Saturday night.
Holloway will be looking to bounce back from his two recent defeats to Alexander Volkanovski while Kattar beat Dan Ige in his last outing.
Holloway v Kattar: Date and start time
This fight will take place on Saturday, January 16 and will take place at the Etihad Arena on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
The action is set to get underway at 6pm in the UK with the main event expected to start at 10pm.
Holloway v Kattar: TV and live stream
This event will be broadcast on BT Sport 3 in the UK with coverage of the prelims starting at 6pm.
Their main show will begin at 8pm ahead of the main event.
It will be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and app for subscribers.
The early prelims will be shown on UFC’s Fight Pass and in the US, all prelim bouts will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.
EE mobile customers can get a FREE three-month trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150.
You can then cancel the trial at any time.
Holloway v Kattar: What has been said?
Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway: “At the end of the day, we’re fighting five rounds. There’s no less work.
“I’ve got to do the same amount of work, the same amount I’ve been doing for a title fight – the same rules, the same everything.
“Calvin is a dangerous dude, and we know he is dangerous because he will be standing across from me, and I’m excited for it.
“Calvin was saying something like I’m overlooking him, this and that. I can’t. How can I overlook you? He made it here. I’ve got to respect that.
“At the end of the day, I just can’t wait to fight him. I can’t wait to go in there and see what he has to offer.”
Holloway v Kattar: Fight card
Subject to change
MAIN EVENT: Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar, Featherweight
Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown, Welterweight
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Li Jingliang, Welterweight
Joaquin Buckley vs. Alessio Di Chirico, Middleweight
Punahele Soriano vs. Dusko Todorovic, Middleweight
Phil Hawes vs. Nassourdine Imavov, Middleweight
Wu Yanan vs. Joselyne Edwards, Women’s Bantamweight
Carlos Felipe vs. Justin Tafa, Heavyweight
David Zawada vs. Ramazan Emeev, Welterweight
Sarah Moras vs. Vanessa Melo, Women’s Bantamweight
Jacob Kilburn vs. Austin Lingo, Featherweight
Strict social distancing measures will be in placeAlex McCarthy
Holloway v Kattar: Will fans be able to attend?
There will be three Fight Island events culminating in UFC 257 and all will have a limited number of fans in attendance.
All three shows will have spectators present after the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism confirmed they would be allowed in.
It will be the first time since March that a UFC event will have a live crowd.
However, spectators will have strict instructions.
Rules for fans
Spectators in the Etihad Arena must agree with and abide by the following conditions. Failure to do so will result in no entry
1. Upon arriving to the venue entrance, all spectators will undergo a check of their valid 48-hour PCR test, thermal scanning and ticket checks. Spectators will have to present the AlHosn App OR a medical center report for the valid 48-Hour PCR test
2. Any spectator showing signs of high fever or does not have a valid 48-hour PCR COVID-19 test will be denied entry with no refunds to their ticket
3. Wearing a face mask is always mandatory within the venue, even when seated
4. Adhere to social distancing guidelines in and around the venue
5. Contactless payments are required
6. Food and non-alcoholic beverages can be ordered from your seat and through hawkers or via physical concessions at the venue
7. Alcohol will be available through hawkers and physical concessions at the venue
8. Sanitisation of the venue will take place prior to the event
9. Sanitisers are placed around the venue
All security and COVID-19 checks will take up to 1 hour before entry so please plan your trip accordingly.
A statement on the official Twitter page declared: “The triple header will see three mega-fights, utilizing Abu Dhabi’s proven ‘safe zone’ concept to protect the health and safety of all delegates, spectators, crew and media.”
The Etihad Arena has a maximum capacity of more than 18,000, although no further information was provided as to how limited attendance would be.
Set in Yas Bay, the Etihad Arena has an 18,000 capacity but UFC expects around 2,000 for the events
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