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UFC on ABC 1 complete results


UFC on ABC 1 (UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar) took place Saturday, January 16th from the Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The event was broadcast on ESPN+ and for the first time, the main card aired live on ABC.

Main Card (Live on ABC, 3:00 PM EST)

-Max Holloway defeated Calvin Kattar by Unanimous Decision (50-43, 50-43, 50-42)
-Carlos Condit defeated Matt Brown by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Li Jingliang defeated Santiago Ponzinibbio by KO (Punch, Round 1, 4:25)
-Joaquin Buckley defeated Alessio Di Chirico by KO (Head Kick, Round 1, 2:12)
-Punahele Soriano defeated Dusko Todorovic by TKO (Punches, Round 1, 4:48)

Preliminary Card (Live on ESPN+, 12:00 PM EST)

-Joselyne Edwards defeated Wu Yanan by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
-Carlos Felipe defeated Justin Tafa by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
-Ramazan Emeev defeated David Zawada by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
-Vanessa Melo defeated Sarah Moras by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Austin Lingo defeated Jacob Kilburn by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Event Background

The main card will mark the first time a mixed martial arts event will be broadcast on ABC. It also means the UFC's first return to network television since UFC on Fox: Lee vs. Iaquinta 2 was broadcast on Fox in December 2018.

After hosting nine events behind closed doors at the du Forum amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the UFC will make its debut at the newly built Etihad Arena. A limited number of fans will be allowed inside the venue, marking the first time since UFC 248 on March 2020 that non-essential event personnel will be in attendance. The venue has maximum capacity of over 18,000, but the UFC is expecting to have closer to 2,000 fans for each of the Fight Island's events during the week.

A featherweight bout between former UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar is expected to serve as the event headliner.

A bantamweight bout between Ricky Simon and Brian Kelleher was initially scheduled to take place at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Sakai, but Simon's cornerman tested positive for COVID-19 and he was forced to withdraw from the event. The pairing was then rescheduled for this event. In turn, Kelleher also tested positive on January 1 and was pulled from the bout. He was replaced by newcomer Gaetano Pirrello and the bout will take place four days later at UFC on ESPN: Chiesa vs. Magny.

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