Max Holloway

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Likely to face Volkanovski in July
FeatherweightUFC
May 4, 2022
Holloway is finalizing a fight against Alexander Volkanovski at the UFC event in July, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani reports.
ANALYSIS
The details of the fight are still being decided, but nonetheless, this will be Holloway's first time in the ring since defeating Yair Rodriguez back on Nov. 13, 2021 at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. Holloway recently received medical clearance to resume training after aggravating a previous injury in January. Holloway's UFC fighting record is 23-6-0 while his opponent, Volkanovski, is 24-1-0.
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Cleared medically to compete
FeatherweightUFC
February 4, 2022
Holloway has received medical clearance and will resume training, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Holloway has picked up back-to-back wins since dropping a pair of title fights to now-champion Alexander Volkanovski, and the two were set to meet for a third time in March. Holloway was forced to pull out with an injury, which resulted in the UFC booking Volkanovski for a matchup with The Korean Zombie instead. While that matchup will proceed as scheduled April 9, Holloway did offer to weigh in as a backup if called upon. If Holloway is ultimately not needed, a Volkanovski win would likely mean a trilogy bout gets scheduled. Should The Korean Zombie prevail, however, Volkanovski could have a case for a rematch, though it's tough to imagine a featherweight title fight in late-2022 that doesn't involve Holloway's name.
Dealing with injury
FeatherweightUFC
January 7, 2022
Holloway aggravated a prior injury Thursday and will not get the chance to face Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title in March, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Holloway had reportedly agreed to face Volkanovski in Las Vegas on March 5 but suffered the injury just days later. The exact nature of his injury and his expected return date are not yet clear.
Wins classic with Yair Rodriguez
FeatherweightUFC
November 13, 2021
Holloway defeated Yair Rodriguez via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a classic bout between two of the best featherweights in the world today. This clearly wasn't Holloway's best effort in the sense he absorbed more damage than he would have preferred and couldn't put Yair away, but he still somehow found a way to win a tough fight against a high-level opponent, which tells you all you need to know about Max's greatness. Holloway absorbed far too many leg kicks from Rodriguez in the early going, and it left him compromised for a good portion of the bout, but Max's greatest attribute is his ability to continue to push forward and fight his fight despite whatever is going on around him. That trait was a big reason he'll take home $50,000 after this was awarded Fight of the Night honors. Holloway eats every single strike thrown his way without issue and is remarkably calm and composed, even when things aren't going his way inside the Octagon. Toss in some of the best cardio in the history of the sport, elite stand-up skills and an underrated ground game, and you have a future Hall of Famer in the prime of his career on your hands. Max and current UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski are on a collision course for a third fight between the two, which was abundantly clear to anyone who watched the first couple. Holloway is 0-2 against the champ, but the most recent one in July 2020 was a split decision which many think Max deserved to win. Buckle up.
Nov. 13 bout targeted
FeatherweightUFC
August 3, 2021
The UFC is looking to rebook Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez as the main event for the UFC event Nov. 13, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight was supposed to take place on July 17, but Holloway had to pull out due to injury. It was expected that the fight would eventually get rebooked, so a November bout seems about right. Holloway is coming off a strong victory over Calvin Kattar back in January.
Pulls out with injury
FeatherweightUFC
June 17, 2021
Holloway has withdrawn from his main event matchup against Yair Rodriguez on July 17 due to an undisclosed injury, CC Legaspi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Holloway was coming off an impressive victory over Calvin Kattar, and this matchup of top contenders was likely to determine the pecking order for a shot at the featherweight belt. It sounds like the UFC still wants to put on this fight, but will simply reschedule it for a later date.