Calvin Kattar will kick off 2021 with the biggest fight of his career.
The UFC announced Tuesday “The Boston Finisher” will headline the Jan. 16 card against former featherweight champion Max Holloway.
The location of the bout has not yet been announced.
Kattar, the No. 6-ranked featherweight contender, is coming off back-to-back wins, defeating Dan Ige via unanimous decision in July, and knocking out Jeremy Stephens at UFC 249 in May. The Methuen, Mass. native has won four of his last five fights, with his only defeat coming against Zabit Magomedsharipov last year.
Holloway lost the featherweight belt at UFC 245 last December against Alexander Volkanovski, then lost the rematch against the Australian at UFC 251 in July. The Hawaiian spent 925 days as champion, defending the belt three times.
With a victory, Kattar can propel himself into title contention and earn a championship fight against Volkanovski in the near future.