Fighter Profile: Max Holloway

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Max Holloway is the greatest Featherweight fighter of all time.  He currently does not hold the belt in that division but many think he will hold it again at some point in the near future. Holloway puts on amazing performances inside the octagon and outside of the cage is a true role model who exemplifies the beauty of what being a martial artist is. And the Hawaii native is one of the best Warzone streamers in MMA.

Holloway was born on December 4, 1991 Honolulu, Hawaii  and was raised in Waianae. His mother and father were both drug users who suffered from addiction. His father, who was abusive and walked out Holloway and the rest of his family when he was 11 years old. This rough upbringing led to Holloway taking up Kickboxing which led to him competing in the sport winning his first bout after only three days competing. Holloway would then turn his focus to MMA at the age of 19.

Duke Saragosa was Holloway’s first professional fight  for the X-1 promotion in September of 2010. Holloway would win this bout by Unanimous Decision. Bryson Kamaka would be next for Holloway. He’d win this bout by Knockout. He’d then face Harris Sarmiento for the X-1 Lightweight Championship. He’d win the fight by Split Decision and thus winning the title. He’d then fight Eddie Rincon in the UIC promotion. This would be Holloway’s final fight with a smaller promotion.

Holloway would then make his way to the UFC. His first fight would be against Dustin Poirier at UFC 143. It would be Holloways first fight at featherweight and would also be the first loss of his career as Poirier slapped on the Triangle Armbar in the first round. Holloway would not be deterred by this fight and would win his next three fights before dropping two fights in a row to Dennis Bermudez and the notorious Conor McGregor. 

He’d then go on to go on an amazing 13 fight win streak and in the process would win the Featherweight interim title, a title unification bout with Jose Aldo and two successful title defenses. He’d then try to go up to Lightweight, but was unsuccessful with winning that title so he moved back down and made a title defense before losing the belt to Alexander Volkanovski who still has it to this day. He was supposed to face Volkanovski again, but had to pull out due to injury.

We hope Holloway wins the belt back soon as he is an amazing success story and has had a rough upbringing but rose above it to do something great.

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