Since the Ultimate Fighting Championship‘s (UFC) conception, the league has seen its fair share. From legendary competitors to historical moves, the UFC is well-known for keeping viewers both engaged and entertained. Chuck Liddell and Georges St-Pierre are two of the most legendary fighters to battle in the octagon.
Throughout the years, the sport has been associated with violence and danger. While this might not necessarily be a fair assessment, the sport does have some gruesome moments. In fact, in a recent fight UFC President Dana White was afraid for another fighter’s life
What is currently going on in the UFC?
As 2020 wrapped up and the new year began, UFC fans and viewers have been able to enjoy quite a few matchups. In December, Jack Hermansson and Marvin Vettori went head-to-head. After five rounds, Vettori emerged the winner.
Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno headlined UFC 256 and gave the audience quite the show. The impressive fight was too close to call and resulted in a draw.
Shortly after, viewers watched as Stephen Thompson battled Geoff Neal for the win, but no matchup compares to the one that took place in January at UFC Fight Island.
UFC’s recent matchup up between Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar
On January 16th, Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar battled at UFC Fight Island. As many UFC fans already know, not too long ago Holloway experienced some unfortunate losses to Alexander Volkowski and was probably hoping to use this match to redeem himself.
In retrospect, it is safe to say Holloway probably went above and beyond. During the fourth round, due to the intense beating Kattar was taking, it seemed like the fight might be finished, but the Massachusetts fighter managed to continue on.
However, Holloway came out swinging hard and didn’t stop until the match was called. In the end, Holloway walked away with the win, but the match definitely seemed to cause a lot of speculation and stress.
Dana White feared for Calvin Kattar life at one point
Dana White, the president of the UFC, was watching the matchup between Holloway and Kattar and didn’t like what he was seeing. MMA Fighting recapped the intense and worrisome battle and what White had to say about it.
An official video that was released showed White’s concerned eyes pleading for help from Herb Dean, the professional refereeing the UFC match. White said during the match (per MMA Fighting), “I don’t know how much more f*cking damage I want to see Kattar take, man.”
As the fight went on things seemed to get worse. In retrospect White explained,
“This reminds me of the kind of fight where the fight’s over, and he walks in back and f*cking dies. I think that f*cking Herb Dean should’ve stopped it in the fourth round. He was wobbling all over the f*cking place. He should have stopped the fight right there.”
White’s nerves and anxiety had worsened as Holloway and Kattar continued to battle. White blatantly demanded, “When this fight’s over, no stopping, no talking. Get this kid in an ambulance and get him the f*ck out of here immediately.”
As many imagined, that was exactly what happened. Holloway claimed his victory and Kattar was left with a nose injury that forced the fighter to go on a 180-day leave of absence.
It is clear that White was extremely concerned about the safety and well-being of Kattar, and the UFC president was probably happy to hear that, for the most part, everything turned out alright.