Max Holloway
Blessed

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Star on full display in main event
FeatherweightUFC
January 16, 2021
Holloway defeated Calvin Kattar via unanimous decision (50-43, 50-43, 50-42) at UFC on ABC 1 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Holloway has been one of the best fighters in the sport for years but this was literally the best he has ever looked. He battered Kattar from bell-to-bell, all while keeping up a stunning, seemingly-unsustainable pace. To give you an idea of Max's insane output, he was credited with 375 total strike attempts in the first three rounds alone. The fight could have been stopped on a half dozen different occasions, with only the super-human toughness of Kattar prolonging it. Both men walked away with a $50,000 bonus here after this matchup was awarded Fight of the Night honors. Holloway stopped all hard sparring during training for each of his last two bouts and appears to be far better off because of it. Max was already a superstar but this performance in the main event of the UFC's first card on ABC gives the company another fighter they can potentially push on a mainstream level. Holloway has lost twice to UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski in the past 13 months, but the second bout was a split decision that could have gone either way, and it's going to be difficult to deny Max another opportunity at the belt after this effort. Oh, by the way, he is still just 29 years of age.
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Matched against Calvin Kattar
FeatherweightUFC
November 17, 2020
Holloway will take on Calvin Kattar in a featherweight matchup on Fight Island on Jan. 16.
ANALYSIS
Holloway carried an impressive 12-fight winning streak from 2014 through 2018, winning and defending the featherweight belt during that period, but he's since fallen into a poor run of form. He's lost three of his last four fights, all title matches, most recently losing two times in a row against Alexander Volkanovski. In Kattar, he'll face an opponent who's won two matches in a row, most recently defeating Dan Ige by unanimous decision in July.
Nearly regains UFC gold
FeatherweightUFC
July 11, 2020
Holloway came up just short in his quest to regain the UFC Featherweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Alexander Volkanovski via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 47-48) at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
This was one of those fights that you could watch back a half dozen times and score it for each man on three different occasions. It was that close. Holloway seemed well on his way to regaining his belt after scoring a knockdown in the dying seconds in each of the first two rounds. He looked calm and composed while controlling the center of the Octagon. Round 5 clearly went to Volkanovski, while the middle frames were open to interpretation. Max again struggled with the leg kicks of the champion, but he did a much better job of not allowing Volkanovski to get in tight and land consistent combinations. He did allow at least one successful takedown in each of the final two rounds. Overall, it was a much better effort from Holloway, as he looked extremely fluid on the feet. Many people will have scored this fight for "Blessed", but the result was by no means a robbery. It's pretty clear that Holloway and Volkanovski are the two best featherweights on the planet right now but Max will probably have to win another couple fights against top-tier competition before being inserted back into the title picture. The odds that these two men meet again at some point down the road are overwhelming.
Draws rematch for UFC 251
FeatherweightUFC
June 9, 2020
Holloway's rematch with Alexander Volkanovski for the UFC Featherweight Championship is set for UFC 251 on July 11 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Holloway will get his chance at redemption after losing to Volkanovski in a unanimous decision back in December, which cost him his featherweight belt. One of the highest-volume strikers in UFC featherweight history, Holloway landed 134 significant strikes in that matchup, though Volkanovski bested him with a mark of 157. The difference in this fight could have very well been leg kicks, as Volkanovski outlanded Holloway on significant leg strikes 75 to 17. Expect this to be another high-volume, five-round striking affair, which bodes well for both sides of the fight from a fantasy perspective. Holloway closed as roughly a (-200) betting favorite for the original matchup, but the tables have turned given that outcome, as he's now roughly a (+175) betting underdog.
Getting title rematch
FeatherweightUFC
May 11, 2020
Holloway is targeted for a rematch against Alexander Volkanovski for the UFC Featherweight Championship, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Holloway lost the featherweight title to Volkanovski via unanimous decision, but he's now first in line to get a crack at the retaking the belt. A date for the pending rematch has yet to be scheduled, however, and travel restrictions could tentatively cause issues for Holloway's attempt to enter the United States in the immediate future.
Long reign at 145 pounds ends
FeatherweightUFC
December 14, 2019
Holloway finally dropped the UFC Featherweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Alexander Volkanovski via unanimous decision (47-48, 47-48, 45-50) at UFC 245 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's Holloway's first loss at 145 pounds since August 17, 2013. That setback came against Conor McGregor. Facing an opponent who made a concerted, repeated effort to target his legs, Max spent the vast majority of the fight switching stances. His inability to push off his front leg limited both his movement and his ability to explode with combinations. Holloway's cardio was on point -- as usual -- and he displayed his trademark toughness throughout the course of the bout, but he was very clearly hampered by fighting on essentially one leg. Max probably deserves an immediate rematch given his recent run of success, but the featherweight division is very, very deep and the UFC seems to be moving away from immediate rematches unless the first bout ends in some type of controversial fashion. That wasn't the case today as Holloway clearly lost. Max, who turned just 28 years of age earlier this month, will be back in short order.