Max Holloway


Title defense against Volkanovski booked
September 21, 2019
Holloway will defend his featherweight title against Alex Volkanovski at UFC 245 in Las Vegas on Dec. 14, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Holloway has an unblemished record in his last 14 fights at featherweight, with the lone defeat coming against Dustin Poirier when Holloway moved up a weight class. He quickly got back on the winning track with a one-sided victory over Frankie Edgar in July -- a fight where he led the significant striking battle 129 to 96. He'll now be booked for his fourth fight of 2019, taking on a contender in Volkanovski that is a spotless 7-0 under the UFC banner. Holloway will enter this fight five inches taller, but it will be Volkanovski that boasts a two-inch reach advantage. Few can match Holloway's illustrious offensive volume of 6.78 significant strikes landed per minutes, though Volkanovski is closer than most, owning a mark of 6.11. The difference with Volkanovski is that he's able to incorporate more wrestling in his game, but few have been able to seriously threaten Holloway with takedowns in the past, as the champ owns an elite takedown defense mark of 84 percent. Expect Holloway to enter as the betting favorite.
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Surgical in defense of FW strap
July 27, 2019
Holloway defeated Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 48-47) at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Saturday.
Holloway showed no signs of dropping off after taking a loss to Dustin Poirier at lightweight in April, as he showcased his laser-like jab and his ability to slide back and counter for the majority of the night. This fight was made interesting by the fact that both fighters like to be the one to get in your face and throw shots, but Holloway was comfortable playing the matador for this one while defending all but one of Edgar's 15 takedown attempts. The only question now appears to be what comes next, with the likely answer being a date with top contender Alexander Volkanovski at featherweight. However, now that he has shown the desire to move between weight classes, Holloway's future becomes a bit more uncertain. He moves to 21-4 in professional MMA as a result of the win.
Agrees to fight Frankie Edgar
May 13, 2019
Hollway has verbally agreed to defend his featherweight title against Frankie Edgar at UFC 240 on July 27, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Holloway will return to the featherweight division to defend his crown after moving up to lightweight in a failed attempt at becoming a two-division champ. Holloway took a beating in his unanimous decision loss to Dustin Poirier. Holloway was dealt an indefinite medical suspension following the loss, however it doesn't seem as though he'll miss much time, as he's planning on returning in late-July. Holloway's been unstoppable as a featherweight, having won 13 straight fights in the division, and will look to continue his winning ways against Frankie Edgar. Edgar is coming into the fight with wins in three of his last four bouts, however he'll be fighting for the first time in 15 months after suffering a bicep injury in the second half of 2018.
Dealt lengthy medical suspension
April 16, 2019
Holloway has been suspended indefinitely by the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission pending CT scan results, reports.
Holloway dropped a unanimous decision to Dustin Poirier at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta, abruptly ending his bid to become the latest two-division champion. He absorbed 178 significant strikes in the matchup, 141 of which landed to his head. While Holloway won the striking battle overall, it was clear his power didn't quite translate to the higher weight class, as Poirier's shots seemed to do significantly more damage. Holloway now has a decision to make -- continue brutal weight cuts at 145 pounds or look to reinvent himself in the 155-pound division. Before booking his next fight, however, he'll need to be cleared by a physician of the damage sustained in this one. At the very least, he'll need to spend a mandatory 45 days on the shelf.
Win streak snapped at 13
April 13, 2019
Holloway fell short in his quest to become a two-division champion on Saturday, falling to Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision (46-49, 46-49, 46-49) in an Interim UFC Lightweight Championship bout at UFC 236 in Atlanta.
Holloway could have folded his tent and headed back to Hawaii after an abysmal first round, but he stuck with it and was seemingly in position to eek out a victory as Round 5 approached. Holloway fought better than the scorecards would lead you to believe, but it definitely was not one of his better performances. All of the things that led Holloway to a 13-fight, 5.5-year undefeated streak at featherweight -- foot movement, head movement, combinations -- all but vanished in this bout. Holloway's cardio was as strong as ever, and that's why Max got better as the fight progressed, but he simply couldn't match the power of Poirier. At the very least, he'll take home $50,000 as a post-fight bonus for his efforts. This fight shouldn't impact the legacy of Holloway in the least. What he has done at 145 pounds is truly remarkable, and he will be favored over whomever his opponent is the next time he defends his UFC Featherweight Championship.
To fight for interim LW belt
February 23, 2019
Holloway will take on Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight championship at UFC 236 on April 13, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Holloway is the current featherweight champion that has essentially cleaned out the division, but speculation has long been active that a move up to 155 pounds would eventually be in the cards. That idea finally came to fruition Friday night when UFC President Dana White told ESPN that the UFC would be creating an interim title in the division where Khabib Nurmagomedov currently reigns as champion. With Nurmagomedov suspended until the fourth quarter of of 2019, the UFC will look to keep a division with so many elite contenders active. Holloway once tried to move up to take on Nurmagomedov, but the fight was short notice and he was unable to make the weight. Expect things to be different with a full fight camp this time around. Even though Holloway is moving up, he still holds a height advantage of two inches, while Poirier has the three-inch edge in reach. Both are high-volume strikers, but it's Holloway that holds the edge in both striking volume (6.90 significant strikes landed per minute) and striking differential (lands 2.87 significant strikes per minute more than he absorbs). Those figures are helped out by his most recent title defense against Brian Ortega in which he landed an astounding 290 significant strikes. Poirier has been a little more active in the takedown department, but Holloway sports the superior takedown defense. Nobody has yet to figure out how to outpoint Holloway on the feet, so Poirier might be wise to employ his wrestling in what projects to be a very close matchup.