Max Holloway

Blessed

USA

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.
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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Holloway has withdrawn from his main event matchup against Yair Rodriguez on July 17 due to an undisclosed injury, CC Legaspi of ESPN reports.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.
Set for main event July 17
FeatherweightUFC
May 26, 2021
Holloway will fight Yair Rodriguez as the main event of UFC Fight Night 191 on July 17, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Holloway was a winner in his last fight against Calvin Kattar, winning in unanimous decision for his 22nd professional victory. Holloway seemed to get back to his historical form, as he was credited with a whopping 445 significant strikes in three rounds against Kattar. Holloway will certainly be a tough out in the fight, as his last six fights have gone the distance. Rodriguez comes in as a formidable foe with a 13-2-0 professional record, but he's gone just 3-2-0 in his last five fights.
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.
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.