Max Holloway


Injury Head
Est. Return 7/27/2019
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.
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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.
Dispatches Brian Ortega to retain UFC gold
December 8, 2018
Holloway successfully defended his UFC Featherweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Brian Ortega via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 4 at UFC 231 in Toronto.
It's safe to say that Holloway is back and fully healthy. After 53 weeks on the sidelines, "Blessed" returned and dispatched his greatest challenger in perhaps his most masterful performance of all. Holloway obliterated Ortega to the tune of 254 total strikes landed on 454 attempts. 454 attempts in 20 mins worth of octagon time is an insane amount, but volume and placement is what has driven this 13-fight winning streak for the champ. Holloway also defended 13 of 15 takedown attempts from Ortega and he didn't let the BJJ master get any sort of control on the two successful tries. As commentator Jon Anik said after the fight was over, it is going to take a Herculean effort for someone at 145 pounds to take the belt from Holloway at this point. There has been talk of him moving up to lightweight at some point in the near future, but for now he seems content to dispatch all oncoming challengers at featherweight. He is one of the best in the world in any division. Furthermore, he'll take home well-deserved Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night bonuses for this tremendous effort.
Will defend featherweight title against Brian Ortega at UFC 231
October 1, 2018
Holloway will defend his featherweight title against Brian Ortega at UFC 231 on December 8, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Holloway and Ortega were scheduled to fight for the featherweight title back in July at UFC 226, but Holloway suffered a concussion and was forced to pull out of the fight. Holloway was cleared to compete at the end of August and was given an opportunity to compete for the lightweight belt against Khabib Nurmagomedov, but was unable to cut the weight on time for the short-notice fight. That aside, few fighters in the UFC are hotter than Holloway, who is currently riding a 12-fight win streak. Ortega will provide Holloway with a tough challenge, as he is undefeated as a professional with a record of 14-0. Holloway will enter with a big height advantage, and while he typically sports a reach advantage as well, that won't be the case here with both men checking in at 69 inches. While Holloway is a formidable grappler with a 83 percent takedown defense, he'll likely look to play to his strengths and keep this fight standing, as Ortega has been known to pull off sneaky, late submissions. Holloway does sport an impressive rate of 6.20 significant strikes per minute in the UFC, which typically makes him a quality fantasy play, especially if he can succeed in keeping this matchup on the feet.