Newly-published UFC footage shows that president Dana White feared Calvin Kattar would die after the number of blows he took in his defeat by Max Holloway.
The former 145-pound king landed 445 significant strikes over five rounds to Kattar’s 133 in a brutal but record-breaking win for the 29-year-old Hawaii native.
Of the 445 significant strikes landed at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, 274 of those were to Kattar’s head. The previous record for significant strikes was 290.
Dana White feared Calvin Katter would die after the blows he took against Max Holloway
Holloway landed an incredible 445 significant strikes on Kattar at the Etihad Arena
And video from the UFC demonstrated how as it was unfolding, White’s cageside excitement turned into concern once the third round had got underway at Fight Island 7.
‘I don’t know how much more f****** damage I want to see Kattar take, man,’ White said.
White’s concern then increased further following Holloway’s fourth round onslaught, and urged referee Herb Dean to stop the fight.
‘Come on ref. He’s f****** wobbling,’ ‘He’s out on his f****** feet. Come on. Ref, stop this fight.’
It was a brutal but record-breaking win for the 29-year-old Hawaii native on Fight Island
But White’s excitement cageside quickly turned from excitement into extreme concern
Having left his cageside booth to talk with Hunter Campbell, the executive vice president of the UFC, White continued: ‘He took so much f****** punishment in this fight, I’m freaking out a little bit, man. I don’t like it.
‘This reminds me of the kind of fight where the fight’s over, and then he walks in the back and f****** dies.
‘I think that f****** Herb Dean should’ve stopped it in the fourth round. He was wobbling all over the f****** place. He should have stopped the fight right there.’
At one stage White went over to discuss the situation with Hunter Campbell (left)
White told Kattar they would take care of him after he had left the cage at the Etihad Arena
White was visibly distressed by this stage and appeared relieved when Kattar left the cage, telling him: ‘F****** amazing man. Thank you, unbelievable fight. You’re going straight to the hospital all right. We’ll take care of you.’
Kattar has since been given a six-month medical suspension after he got his head stapled and received treatment for a broken nose while having other bruising assessed.
The 180-day suspension will only be lifted should he obtain medical clearance for his nose injury, and he has also been handed a 60-day minimum suspension with 45 days no contact.
Kattar has since been given a six-month medical suspension due to a broken nose