A deep dive in Max Holloway’s career

A deep dive in Max Holloway’s career

A kid from Waianae Hawaii, who wanted to be a baseball player. Then in 8th grade, after high school, turned to combat sports and the rest of his history.


Only after two days of training to Max stated on Joe Rogan’s Podcast: “Coach asked me if I can fight, I said hell yeah, I get free tickets.” Max also stated during the interview with Joe Rogan

“But I had to ask my grandma for 30 bucks.”


The Blessed started taking MMA and Kickboxing training seriously and rose up the local ranks in Hawaii, to get a UFC contract on the 4th January 2012 ironically the same day his son Rush Holloway was born.


After a UFC debut loss to Dustin Poirier seeing what Dustin has accomplished in his career there’s no shame in losing to him. Max went on a three fight win streak before he lost to The Notorious one Conor Mcregregor which as well as the loss to Dustin there’s no shame for a Young Max Halloway. Max stepped away from the octagon for six months where he started an iconic and historic run in the UFC.

The Blessed Express was in full flow winning 13 fights in a row over three years from 2014-2017, with wins against the likes of Cub Swanson, the current lightweight no.1 contender  Charles Olivera, perennial contender Jermey Stephens and former WEC and UFC Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis which was for the Interim Featherweight title.


After winning the interim Featherweight title, Max fought the king of Rio and of the featherweights Jose Aldo, beating him twice and once in Rio. Blessed dared to be great after beating Brian Ortega at UFC 231, going up to Lightweight to fight Khabib on short notice which saw Max get pulled from the card due to weight cutting concerns for the New York state commission.  


However that didn’t stop Max from daring to be great as he embarked on a training for a rematch to Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title which he went to lose a unanimous decision. Halloway bounced back with a win over Frankie Edgar at Featherweight, in 2019 Max lost his Featherweight title to the ‘The Great” Alexander Volkonaski and would go on to have three fights against Volk all going the way for the Australian. 


Currently in 2023 Max sits as the number one contender at Featherweight beating all challenges from prospects to fighters who are on the verge of breaking through. 


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