Dana White feared for Calvin Kattar's life during bloody beating from Max Holloway at UFC on ABC before hospital dash
DANA WHITE feared for Calvin Kattar's life after the horrific beating he took against Max Holloway at UFC on ABC.
The headline clash on January 16 saw Holloway win by decision but White says the bloodbath should have been stopped sooner.
Holloway landed a single-fight record 445 significant strikes on his battered opponent which smashed the previous record of 290.
Kattar was in particular trouble in the fourth round as Holloway went for the finish but ref Herb Dean allowed it to continue.
And the decision to let the beleaguered 32-year-old American featherweight carry on made White uncomfortable.
He said: "He took so much f***ing punishment in this fight.
"I was freaking out a little bit, man.
“I don’t know. I don’t like it. This reminds me of the kind of fight where the fight’s over, and he walks back in and f***ing dies.
"I think that f***ing Herb Dean should’ve stopped it in the fourth round.
"He was wobbling all over the f***ing place. He should have stopped the fight right there.”
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After the fourth, White walked over to UFC chief business officer Hunter Campbell and said he was worried for Kattar's life.
He told Campbell: "When this fight’s over, no stopping, no talking. Get this kid in an ambulance and get him the f*** out of here immediately.”
And as he watched the fifth and final round, White said: “This f***ing round can’t end fast enough for me.”
After the fight it emerged Kattar broke his nose and needed stitches in his scalp.
And he has received a six-month medical suspension as a result of his injuries.
According to the official release from MMA.tv, who are the official record keepers for the Association of Boxing Commissions, he has been suspended for six months or until he gets medical clearance from a doctor.
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