Biography of Max Holloway

Max Holloway started martial arts very late. At only 19, he began practicing Thai boxing. However, the crazy progress that Max demonstrated made up for lost years. Already in the first year of practicing Thai boxing, Holloway began to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in parallel, and also to perform in fights by the rules of mixed martial arts. He spent the first four fights of his professional career in his native Hawaiian islands, where in the third fight he became the champion of local promotion. Having fought again and having won again, “Blessed” set off to conquer the UFC.

Max Holloway at UFC

On February 4th, 2012, Max Holloway debuted at the UFC, speaking out against Dustin Porier. Unfortunately, he failed to win the first battle. In the third round, after he fell for pain, the Hawaiian was forced to knock as a sign of surrender. The defeat in the opening did not greatly affect the mood of Max. In the same year he held three more fights and each of them won. Pat Schilling, Justin Lawrence, and Leonard Garcia are on the list of defeated. Gaining a good move, Max slowly began to make his way to the heights of promotion and got a serious opponent – Dennis Bermudes. At UFC 160, Holloway suffered a second defeat at the largest fighting organization in the world, losing by split decision.

Holloway – McGregor

The next “Blessed” duel took place in four months. Max came to substitute in Andy Oglu at the UFC Fight Night 26 tournament in Boston, while the contender was then the little-known Conor MacGregor . The fight reached a decision in which the Irishman deserved a sure victory. Holloway was the only featherweight that Conor could not finish. However, according to him, he was prevented from finishing the fight by a knee injury. The fight with “Notorious” became for Holloway the starting point for one of the best winning streaks in UFC history.

The way to the championship 

Two defeats in a row affected the position of the Hawaiian fighter negatively. Now he was forced to re-punch the way to the title from the bottom. And he set to work, without delay. After 4.5 months, the first victory was achieved, and the victim was Will Chope. In 2014 and 2015, Max spent 8 fights, winning each of them. In addition to Chowp, the fighter took Andre Fili, Clay Collard’s scalps to Hawaii (he was assigned an intermediate weight of 150 pounds, cageside.ru), Akira Corassani, Cole Miller, Cab Swanson, Jeremy Stevens and Charles Oliveira. Closer to the title, Holloway received the final exam in the face of Ricardo Lamas – a former challenger for the belt. Max coped brilliantly with his task, showed a spectacular fight and took the unanimous decision.


Unfortunately for Holloway, the difficult situation at the featherweight, where McGregor was nominally the champion and the temporary belt was already won by Aldo, did not allow the Hawaiian to feel himself the No. 1 challenger for six months. Everything changed in the late autumn of 2016. The Irish were deprived of the title at 145 pounds, the Brazilian was promoted to the rank of the undisputed champion, and Max was offered a fight for a temporary belt against the former holder of the WEC and UFC lightweight championship titles – Anthony Pettis. As a result, the “Blessed One” did not have to put much effort to defeat Pettis. Methodically breaking an opponent for two rounds, in the third five-minute, Max “joined” completely and got himself a victory by technical knockout. 

Holloway – Aldo’s

The first fight Holloway became the interim UFC lightweight champion and it became obvious that now Jose Aldo will not be able to avoid a fight with him. The Brazilian knocked out the best conditions for himself, having received a duel in his native Rio at the UFC 212 tournament. In the first two rounds, the champion as a whole looked better than his opponent, but in the end Holloway’s youth and harsher style did their job. Hawaiian felt the distance and weaknesses of the opponent, felt his rhythm and brought down a hail of beats on Aldo. The result was a technical knockout in the third round. Max Holloway became the new owner of the 145-pound title, beating one of the best fighters in the history of sports.

Second fight Holloway – Aldo

The first title defense was appointed for the end of 2017. At UFC 218, Max Holloway was supposed to meet Frankie Edgar, but the former lightweight champion was injured. José Aldo came to replace rather quickly, and it was precisely champion revenge that led the tournament in Detroit. The course of the fight very much reminded the first meeting of fighters. Aldo started the fight well, but in the third round he could not stand the pressure and speed of Holloway and lost by technical knockout.

Max Holloway – Habib Nurmagomedov

After the first defense of the championship belt, the Hawaiian fighter began to notice that he was interested in switching to the lightweight division in the future, but at first he wanted to consolidate his legacy at 145 pounds. The first step towards achieving this goal was a fight against eternal challenger Frankie Edgar, who was reassigned to UFC 222. A few weeks before the tournament, Max Holloway was injured and was removed from the card, but in the end this case was only the first in a series of events that led him to fight against habib. The trauma that prevented Blessed from leading the UFC 222 tournament was not so serious as to talk about long and simple things. And a month later, Max had a chance to re-enter the octagon and enter the history of the organization. After the injury of Tony Ferguson, the Hawaiian agreed to replace him in the main battle of UFC 223 and meet with Habib Nurmagomedov . This fight did not take place, because the day before the tournament, the Hawaiian received a medical ban on the continuation of weight loss.

Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega


After an unsuccessful attempt to break into lightweight, Max decided to return to his original category and defend the title. The question of the applicant was not. Brian Ortega, undefeated in MMA, submission master from California, was deservedly chosen for this role. Before you get a chance to compete for the belt, Ortega won 7 early victories in the octagon (1 was transferred to NC status because of a positive doping test). Duel Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega will be the second most important in the UFC 226 tournament .


Interesting Facts:

Max Holloway is the second UFC champion hailing from the Hawaiian Islands. The first was BJ Penn, who won the belt in light and welterweight, and is also a member of the UFC Hall of Fame. Max considers Jesus Christ and grandmother Sitia Kapoi to be her heroes, who gave him and his brothers a lot of love and care. Before Holloway began to get paid for fights, he worked as a laborer. Holloway’s favorite technique is the elbow lever, and his favorite kick is the knee in the jump.