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The UFC on ABC 1 main event between former featherweight champion Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar was one-sided in the extreme. "Blessed" didn't just win every round; two judges called two of the rounds 10-8, and one judge gave Holloway three 10-8s. Kattar was gallant, the epitome of game, but he sustained a brutal beating.
Kattar is a member of the New England Cartel. The Cartel's head coach and manager, New Hampshire's Tyson Chartier, has done a masterful job bringing deserved international attention to the region, continuing the tradition of the likes of Kenny Florian, Mark DellaGrotte, Marcus Davis/Tim Boetsch, Gabriel Gonzaga, Glover Teixeira, Mike Brown, and above all, Joe Lauzon. However, Chartier has received criticism from some quarters for not stopping the fight.
The coach responded with a defiant message on his social network.
"It didn’t go our way Saturday night," he began. "But the world got to see what I’ve known for years, that this man will take a knee for nobody. He went five rounds with the best version of the featherweight goat that I’ve ever seen. He finished the 25th minute swinging and did it with a smile. To say I’m proud would be an understatement. I love this kid, I love these coaches, I love this team. Now it’s time to rest, heal, make some adjustments, and then come back better.
"To the critics who want to know why I didn’t stop the fight myself, I owe you no explanation. Unless you’ve sat in this seat you wouldn’t even understand it if I did. I will get back to Boston Friday and give Cal's mother a hug and look her in the eyes and know with confidence that I did what was best for her son.
"There are levels to this game and we just felt the highest. Now we have to figure out how to get there."
What do you think UG? Should Chartier have stopped the fight? And have you been in the seat?