Saturday’s UFC Fight Island 7 from Abu Dhabi will be broadcast live on ABC, which is a monumental accomplishment for the organization. The slate is scheduled to begin at noon ET on ESPN+ , with the main card airing on ABC at 3 p.m. This is the first of three productions in eight days.
Next week’s “Insight the Octagon” column will devote itself to the Jan. 20 card on which Michael Chiesa takes on fellow welterweight contender Neil Magny. I love midweek fight events!
Jan. 23 will be the highly anticipated UFC 257, with the main event featuring Irish loudmouth Conor McGregor in a rematch against Dustin Poirier. The releases for that card will be submitted Jan. 22.
The purpose of “Insight the Octagon” is to derive bottom-line profitability from fight productions offered by the UFC. And while it’s not always feasible to profit from each event, I’ll pledge that over the course of the year, those who invest in every release will earn when the end of the year arrives.
Last year “Insight the Octagon” releases realized a 39-27 result, earning 20.47 units of net profitability. While not all years might be as lucrative, all years will provide a profitable result. Point Spread Weekly readers who wagered $50 per release in 2020 would have earned $1,023 for the year.
It has been three weeks without elbows, ankle locks or knockouts, but finally our wait is over. Let’s dig right in.
Max Holloway -160 vs. Calvin Kattar + 140, featherweight (145 pounds), main event
The sixth-ranked Kattar is a uniquely skilled fighter who relies primarily on his boxing. He is large for the division at 5-foot-11, and his 72-inch reach will provide a 3-inch arm reach advantage.