Max Holloway is an American MMA fighter currently under contract with the UFC. He is currently ranked number one in the featherweight division and is number 10 in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings.

Holloway’s debut in the octagon came in 2012 as an injury replacement and he was the youngest fighter on the UFC roster at the time. Below, we’ve taken a deeper look into Holloway’s career.

Tale of the tape

Name: Max Holloway

Nickname: Blessed

Nationality: American

DOB: 04/12/1991

Height: 5ft 9”

Reach: 69”

Stance: Switches (mainly orthodox)

Professional record: 21-6-0

KOs: 10

UFC Debut: 04/02/2012

Biggest fights

Max Holloway vs Anthony Pettis – 11/12/16

Before getting his shot at the featherweight champion Jose Aldo, Holloway had to first become the interim UFC champion. The man who held that title before UFC 206 in 2016 was Anthony Pettis.

The mind-games began before the start as Pettis refused to touch gloves with Holloway. The first round was a tactical one, but Holloway managed to get a few strong counters in.

Round two, though, was where Holloway really looked comfortable. He briefly dropped Pettis and it became apparent that his opponent broke his hand in the opening round.

An attack in the final round then saw Pettis back to the fence before the referee, Yves Lavigne, stepped in to award victory to Holloway.

Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo – 03/12/17

Holloway was on a mission to become the undisputed featherweight champion and Aldo was the man standing in his way. Aldo had regained the championship after the fighter that originally took it from him, Conor McGregor, vacated the belt.

Holloway was looking for his 11th consecutive victory as he took to UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro in 2017. This was one of Holloway’s most important fights, and to beat the champion in his own back yard in less than 15 minutes was a phenomenal achievement.

Holloway arguably had a disappointing first two rounds, where Aldo was the more proficient striker, landing more punches that rocked the American. It was in the third round where Holloway upped his game, connecting with a flurry of punches leading to a stoppage, an 11th consecutive win and the featherweight championship.

Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega – 08/12/18

Holloway came into this 2018 bout with Brian Ortega as reigning featherweight champion but the UFC betting underdog. With Holloway displaying ‘concussion-like’ symptoms that summer, their previous bout had to be scrapped. But after getting the-all clear for a December fight, Holloway went for Ortega.

Ortega had built a masterful undefeated record which had many swaying in his favour. However, Holloway produced an incredible fight and one of his best career performances. He went on to hand Ortega his first lost before stating to Dana White that he was willing to move up to the lightweight division.

Career record

  1. Beat Duke Saragosa by Decision 11/09/10
  2. Beat Bryson Kamaka by KO 06/11/10
  3. Beat Harris Sarmiento by Decision 12/03/11
  4. Beat Eddie Rincon by Decision 01/07/11
  5. Lost to Dustin Poirier by SUB 05/02/12
  6. Beat Pat Schilling by Decision 01/06/12
  7. Beat Justin Lawrence by KO 12/08/12
  8. Beat Leonard Garcia by Decision 29/12/12
  9. Lost to Dennis Burmudez by Decision 25/05/13
  10. Lost to Conor McGregor by Decision 17/08/13
  11. Beat Will Chope by KO 04/01/14
  12. Beat Andre Fili by SUB 27/04/14
  13. Beat Clay Collard by KO 24/08/14
  14. Beat Akira Corassani by KO 04/10/14
  15. Beat Cole Miller by Decision 15/02/15
  16. Beat Cub Swanson by SUB 18/04/15
  17. Beat Charles Oliveira by 23/08/15
  18. Beat Jeremy Stephens by Decision 12/12/15
  19. Beat Ricardo Lamas by Decision 05/06/16
  20. Beat Anthony Pettis by KO 11/12/16
  21. Beat Jose Aldo by KO 04/06/17
  22. Beat Jose Aldo by KO 03/12/17
  23. Beat Brian Ortega by KO 09/12/18
  24. Lost to Dustin Poirier by Decision 14/04/19
  25. Beat Frankie Edgar by Decision 28/07/19
  26. Lost to Alexander Volkanovski by Decision 15/12/19
  27. Lost to Alexander Volkanovski by Decision 12/07/20

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