Max Holloway

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Max Holloway
Born (1991-12-04) December 4, 1991 (age 24)
Waianae, Hawaii,
Other names Blessed
Nationality United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Division Featherweight
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii,
Team Gracie Technics/Hawaii Elite
Rank Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active 2010-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 15
By knockout 6
By submission 2
By decision 7
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 of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of December 14, 2015, he is #4 in the official UFC featherweight rankings.[3]


Holloway graduated Waianae High School in 2010, where he began to learn kickboxing.[4] Max currently trains out of Gracie Technics Honolulu with Team Hawaii Elite MMA [5]

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 former 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.[6]

His early career was highlighted by a split decision win over former Strikeforce[7] and WEC veteran Harris Sarimento on March 12, 2011, earning himself the lightweight strap for the Hawaii-based X-1 promotion.[8]

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.[9]

In his second fight, Holloway faced Pat Schilling on June 1, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale.[10] After a dominant performance where he almost finished Schilling several times, Holloway won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).[11]

Holloway defeated Justin Lawrence, on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150.[12]Holloway won the fight via TKO in the second round after dropping Lawrence with a punch to the body and finishing with a flurry of more punches.[13]

Holloway fought Leonard Garcia on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155, replacing an injured Cody McKenzie.[14] Holloway won the close fight via split decision.[15]

Holloway faced Dennis Bermudez on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.[16][17] He lost the fight via split decision.[18]

Holloway faced Conor McGregor on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26.[19] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. McGregor suffered a torn ACL but despite the injury, McGregor was able to still dominate Holloway on the ground. [20]

Holloway faced promotional newcomer Will Chope on January 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 34.[21] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[22] The win also earned Holloway his first Knockout of the Night bonus.[23]

Holloway faced Andre Fili on April 26, 2014 at UFC 172.[24] He won the back-and-forth fight via submission in the third round.[25]

Holloway was expected to face Mirsad Bektic on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 49, replacing an injured Ernest Chavez.[26] In turn, Bektic pulled out of the bout in the week leading up to the event and was replaced by promotional newcomer Clay Collard.[27] 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.[28] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[29] The win also earned Holloway his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[30]

Holloway faced Cole Miller on February 15, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 60.[31] Holloway won the bout via unanimous decision.[32]

Holloway faced Cub Swanson on April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox 15.[33]After out-striking Swanson through the first three rounds, Holloway finished the fight with a mounted guillotine in the third round.[34] The win also earned Holloway his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[35]

Holloway faced Charles Oliveira on August 23, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 74.[36] He won the fight via TKO in the first round after Oliveira suffered an apparent neck/shoulder injury while defending a takedown and was unable to continue.[37] The injury was later described as a micro-tear in his esophagus,[38] although the UFC later released a statement clarifying that Oliveira had no major injuries.[39] With the win, Holloway became the youngest fighter in UFC history to get 10 wins.[40]

Holloway faced Jeremy Stephens on December 12, 2015 at UFC 194.[41] Holloway won the fight via unanimous decision.[42]

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 15–3 Jeremy Stephens Decision (unanimous) UFC 194 December 12, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United Stat
Win 14–3 Charles Oliveira TKO (neck injury) UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Oliveira August 23, 2015 1 1:39 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Win 13–3 Cub Swanson Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold April 18, 2015 3 3:58 Newark, New Jersey, United States Performance of the Night.
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: Live 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. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Holloway vs. Oliveira". Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Max Holloway - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings.
  4. ^ "Max Holloway WHS Alum". Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ "Team ATH Max Holloway". ATH Organics. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Haber, Scott. "Max Holloway Fills in Against Dustin Poirer at UFC 143". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ Martin, Damon. "Newcomer Max Holloway In To Face Dustin Poirier at UFC 143". MMAWeekly. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ "New Comer Max Holloway steps in to meet Dustin Poirer at UFC 143". MMAJunkie. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ Cofield, Steve. "Dustin Poirier schools young Max Holloway with wicked submission at UFC 143". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ "TUF Live Finale adds Holloway-Schilling". MMAJunkie. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ Staff (2012-06-02). "TUF Live Finale results: Max Holloway batters Pat Schilling in lopsided decision win". Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  12. ^ Staff (2012-06-18). "UFC 150 Draws Max Holloway vs. Justin Lawrence". Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  13. ^ Dave Doyle (2012-08-11). "UFC 150 Results: Max Holloway Finishes Justin Lawrence". Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  14. ^ "Max Holloway replaces injured Cody McKenzie, faces Leonard Garcia at UFC 155". December 19, 2012. 
  15. ^ Steven Marrocco (2012-12-30). "UFC 155 results: Max Holloway edges Leonard Garcia via split decision". Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  16. ^ Dana Becker (March 27, 2013). "UFC 160 Gains Dennis Bermudez-Max Holloway". Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ "ATH's Max Holloway Set to Face Dennis Bermudez". ATH Organics. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  18. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2013-05-26). "UFC 160 results: Dennis Bermudez takes close split from Max Holloway". Retrieved 2013-05-26. 
  19. ^ Dave Doyle (2013-07-10). "Max Holloway steps up against Conor McGregor after injury forces Andy Ogle out". Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  20. ^ Dave Doyle (2013-08-17). "UFC Fight Night 26 results: Conor McGregor dominates Max Holloway". Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  21. ^ Anton Tabuena (2013-11-21). "Will Chope vs. Max Holloway signed for UFC Fight Night 34 in Singapore". Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  22. ^ Dann Stupp (2014-01-04). "UFC Fight Night 34 results: Max Holloway swarms, batters Will Chope for TKO". Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  23. ^ Matt Erickson and John Morgan. "UFC Fight Night 34 bonuses: Saffiedine, Lim, Holloway, Doane earn $50,000". Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  24. ^ Staff (2014-01-29). "Featherweights Andre Fili vs. Max Holloway added to April's UFC 172 lineup". Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  25. ^ 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. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ Staff (2014-08-18). "Mirsad Bektic out, newcomer Clay Collard meets Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 49". Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  28. ^ Staff (2014-08-28). "Max Holloway in for 'Zombie' vs. Akira Corassani at UFC Fight Night 53 in Sweden". Retrieved 2014-08-28. 
  29. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2014-10-04). "UFC Fight Night 53 results: Max Holloway delivers first-round beatdown of Corassani". Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  30. ^ Geno Mrosko (2014-10-04). "UFC Fight Night 53 bonuses: Max Holloway knockout earns $50K". Retrieved 2014-10-04. 
  31. ^ Raimondi, Marc (2014-11-10). "Max Holloway-Cole Miller announced for UFC Colorado". Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  32. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-02-15). "UFC Fight Night 60 results, photos: Max Holloway tops head-butted Cole Miller". Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  33. ^ Marc Raimondi (2015-02-15). "Cub Swanson vs. Max Holloway targeted for UFC on FOX 15 in April". Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  34. ^ Damon Martin (2015-04-18). "Max Holloway tears through Cub Swanson en route to submission victory". Retrieved 2015-04-18. 
  35. ^ Karim Zidan (2015-04-18). "UFC on FOX 15 bonuses: Rockhold pockets $50,000 for submission win against Machida". Retrieved 2015-04-18. 
  36. ^ Mike Bohn (2015-06-15). "Max Holloway vs. Charles Oliveira headlines UFC's debut in Saskatoon on Aug. 23". Retrieved 2015-06-15. 
  37. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-08-23). "UFC Fight Night 74 results: Max Holloway awarded TKO following Charles Oliveira injury". Retrieved 2015-08-23. 
  38. ^ Mike Bohn (2015-08-24). "UFC: Esophagus tear forced Charles Oliveira's early UFC Fight Night 74 exit". Retrieved 2015-08-24. 
  39. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-08-25). "Charles Oliveira released from hospital, UFC announces". Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  40. ^ Mike Bohn (2015-08-24). "UFC Fight Night 74 post-fight facts: Max Holloway youngest to reach 10 UFC wins". Retrieved 2015-08-24. 
  41. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-09-03). "UFC 194 update: Max Holloway to lock horns with Jeremy Stephens in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  42. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-12-12). "UFC 194 results: UFC 194 results: Max Holloway tops Jeremy Stephens for 8th straight, wants title shot". Retrieved 2015-12-12. 

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