Max Holloway

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Max Holloway
Born (1991-12-04) December 4, 1991 (age 23)
Waianae, Hawaii, USA
Other names Blessed
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Division Featherweight
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii
Years active 2010-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 12
By knockout 5
By submission 1
By decision 6
Losses 3
By submission 1
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jerome-Max Kelii Holloway (born December 4, 1991) is an American mixed martial artist, currently fighting in the featherweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


Holloway graduated Waianae High School in 2010, where he began to learn kickboxing.[2] Max currently trains out of Gracie Technics Honolulu under Rylan Lizares and Ivan Flores. [3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early MMA Career[edit]

At the age of 19, Holloway had amassed a record of 4-0. He gained recognition as the #7 featherweight prospect in Bloody Elbow's 2012 World MMA Scouting Report and has even been compared to current UFC and former WEC light-weight champion Anthony Pettis, due to his ability to incorporate a wide array of flying and spinning kicks, knees and elbows into his striking game.[4]

His early career was highlighted by a split decision win over former Strikeforce[5] and WEC veteran Harris Sarimento on March 12, 2011, earning himself the lightweight strap for the Hawaii based X-1 promotion.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Holloway made his promotional debut as an injury replacement for Ricardo Lamas at UFC 143 on February 4, 2012 against Dustin Poirier. He lost the fight via submission (mounted triangle armbar) in the first round.[7]

In his second fight, Holloway faced Pat Schilling on June 1, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale.[8] After a dominant performance where he almost finished Schilling several times, Holloway won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Holloway defeated Justin Lawrence, on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150. Holloway won the fight via TKO in the second round after dropping and finishing Lawrence with a knee and punches to the body.

Holloway fought Leonard Garcia on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155, replacing an injured Cody McKenzie.[9] Holloway won the close fight via split decision.

Holloway faced Dennis Bermudez on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.[10][11] He lost the fight via split decision.

Holloway faced Conor McGregor on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26, replacing Andy Ogle.[12] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Holloway faced promotional newcomer Will Chope on January 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 34.[13] He won the fight via TKO in the second round. The win also earned Holloway his first Knockout of the Night bonus.[14]

Holloway faced Andre Fili on April 26, 2014 at UFC 172.[15] He won the back-and-forth fight via submission in the third round.[16]

Holloway was expected to face Mirsad Bektic on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 49, replacing an injured Ernest Chavez.[17] In turn, Bektic pulled out of the bout in the week leading up to the event and was replaced by promotional newcomer Clay Collard.[18] Holloway won the fight via TKO in the third round.

Holloway once again served as a replacement and faced Akira Corassani on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 53, filling in for Chan Sung Jung.[19] He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win also earned Holloway his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[20]

Holloway faced Cole Miller on February 15, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 60.[21] Holloway won the bout via unanimous decision.[22]

Holloway is expected to face Cub Swanson on April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox 15[23]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

  • X-1 World Events
    • X-1 Lightweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 12–3 Cole Miller Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch February 14, 2015 3 5:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 11–3 Akira Corassani KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story October 4, 2014 1 3:11 Stockholm, Sweden Performance of the Night.
Win 10–3 Clay Collard TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos August 23, 2014 3 3:47 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States Catchweight (149 lbs) bout.
Win 9–3 Andre Fili Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 172 April 26, 2014 3 3:39 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 8–3 Will Chope TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine vs. Lim January 4, 2014 2 2:27 Marina Bay, Singapore Knockout of the Night.
Loss 7–3 Conor McGregor Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen August 17, 2013 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 7–2 Dennis Bermudez Decision (split) UFC 160 May 25, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–1 Leonard Garcia Decision (split) UFC 155 December 29, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–1 Justin Lawrence TKO (punches) UFC 150 August 11, 2012 2 4:49 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 5–1 Pat Schilling Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale June 1, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 4–1 Dustin Poirier Submission (mounted triangle armbar) UFC 143 February 4, 2012 1 3:23 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Eddie Rincon Decision (unanimous) UIC 4 - War on the Valley Isle July 1, 2011 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 3–0 Harris Sarmiento Decision (split) X-1 - Champions 3 March 12, 2011 5 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Won the X-1 Lightweight Championship.
Win 2–0 Bryson Kamaka KO (punches) X-1 - Island Pride November 6, 2010 1 3:09 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 1–0 Duke Saragosa Decision (unanimous) X-1 - Heroes September 11, 2010 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 172 Jones vs. Teixeira". Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Max Holloway WHS Alum". Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "Team ATH Max Holloway". ATH Organics. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Haber, Scott. "Max Holloway Fills in Against Dustin Poirer at UFC 143". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 02/03/2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ Martin, Damon. "Newcomer Max Holloway In To Face Dustin Poirier at UFC 143". MMAWeekly. Retrieved 02/03/2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "New Comer Max Holloway steps in to meet Dustin Poirer at UFC 143". MMAJunkie. Retrieved 02/03/2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ Cofield, Steve. "Dustin Poirier schools young Max Holloway with wicked submission at UFC 143". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 02/05/2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ "TUF Live Finale adds Holloway-Schilling". MMAJunkie. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Max Holloway replaces injured Cody McKenzie, faces Leonard Garcia at UFC 155". December 19, 2012. 
  10. ^ Dana Becker (March 27, 2013). "UFC 160 Gains Dennis Bermudez-Max Holloway". Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ "ATH's Max Holloway Set to Face Dennis Bermudez". ATH Organics. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Dave Doyle (2013-07-10). "Max Holloway steps up against Conor McGregor after injury forces Andy Ogle out". Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  13. ^ Anton Tabuena (2013-11-21). "Will Chope vs. Max Holloway signed for UFC Fight Night 34 in Singapore". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  14. ^ Matt Erickson and John Morgan. "UFC Fight Night 34 bonuses: Saffiedine, Lim, Holloway, Doane earn $50,000". Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  15. ^ Staff (2014-01-29). "Featherweights Andre Fili vs. Max Holloway added to April's UFC 172 lineup". Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  16. ^ Cole, Ross (26 April 2014). "Max Holloway Taps Out Andre Fili In The Third Round At UFC 172". Fight of the Night. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  17. ^ Andrew Ravens (2014-07-11). "Max Holloway steps in for Ernest Chavez & will fight Mirsad Bektic at UFC Fight Night 49". Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  18. ^ Staff (2014-08-18). "Mirsad Bektic out, newcomer Clay Collard meets Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 49". Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  19. ^ Staff (2014-08-28). "Max Holloway in for 'Zombie' vs. Akira Corassani at UFC Fight Night 53 in Sweden". Retrieved 2014-08-28. 
  20. ^ Geno Mrosko (2014-10-04). "UFC Fight Night 53 bonuses: Max Holloway knockout earns $50K". Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  21. ^ Raimondi, Marc (2014-11-10). "Max Holloway-Cole Miller announced for UFC Colorado". Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  22. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-02-15). "UFC Fight Night 60 results, photos: Max Holloway tops head-butted Cole Miller". Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  23. ^ Marc Raimondi (2015-02-15). "Cub Swanson vs. Max Holloway targeted for UFC on FOX 15 in April". Retrieved 2015-02-15. 

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