Max Holloway

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Max Holloway
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Born Jerome Max Keliʻi Holloway
(1991-12-04) December 4, 1991 (age 26)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States[1]
Other names Blessed[2]
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[3]
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Division Featherweight
Reach 69 in (175 cm)[3]
Style Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Waianae, Hawaii
Team Gracie Technics
Trainer Rylan Lizares and Ivan Flores
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rylan Lizares and Pedro Sauer[4][5]
Years active 2010-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 19
By knockout 9
By submission 2
By decision 8
Losses 3
By submission 1
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jerome Max Keliʻi Holloway (born December 4, 1991) is an American mixed martial artist competing in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where he is the undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion. As of July 2018, Holloway is the #3 ranked UFC pound-for-pound fighter.[6]


Holloway is of Native Hawaiian and Samoan ancestry.[7][8] He graduated from Waianae High School in 2010, where he began to learn kickboxing.[9] Max currently trains out of Gracie Technics Honolulu and Legacy Muay Thai. He also gets his strength training out of Tactical Strength and Conditioning under Coach Darin Yap.[10]

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 of 2012 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.[11]

His early career was highlighted by a split decision win over former Strikeforce[12] and WEC veteran Harris Sarimento on March 12, 2011, earning himself the lightweight strap for the Hawaii-based X-1 promotion.[13]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]


Holloway was the youngest fighter on the UFC roster when he 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.[14]

In his second fight, Holloway faced Pat Schilling on June 1, 2012, at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale.[15] After a dominant performance where he almost finished Schilling several times, Holloway won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).[16]

Holloway defeated Justin Lawrence, on August 11, 2012, at UFC 150.[17] 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.[18]

Holloway fought Leonard Garcia on December 29, 2012, at UFC 155, replacing an injured Cody McKenzie.[19] Holloway won the close fight via split decision.[20]


Holloway faced Dennis Bermudez on May 25, 2013, at UFC 160.[21][22] He lost the fight controversially via split decision.[23] 11 out of 11 media members scored the fight in favor of Holloway.[24]

Holloway faced Conor McGregor on August 17, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 26.[25] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[26]


Holloway faced promotional newcomer Will Chope on January 4, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 34.[27] Holloway swarmed on his opponent and won the fight via TKO in the second round.[28] The win also earned Holloway his first Knockout of the Night bonus.[29]

Holloway faced Andre Fili on April 26, 2014, at UFC 172.[30] He won the back-and-forth fight after wobbling Fili and submitting him in the third round.[31]

Holloway was expected to face Mirsad Bektić on August 23, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 49, replacing an injured Ernest Chavez.[32] In turn, Bektic pulled out of the bout in the week leading up to the event and was replaced by promotional newcomer Clay Collard.[33] Holloway outstruck his opponent and 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.[34] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[35] The win also earned Holloway his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[36]


Holloway faced Cole Miller on February 15, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 60.[37] Holloway won the bout via dominant unanimous decision.[38]

Holloway faced Cub Swanson on April 18, 2015, at UFC on Fox 15.[39] After out-striking Swanson through the first three rounds, Holloway finished the fight with a mounted guillotine in the third round.[40] The win also earned Holloway his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[41]

Holloway faced Charles Oliveira on August 23, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 74.[42] 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.[43] The injury was later described as a micro-tear in his esophagus,[44] although the UFC later released a statement clarifying that Oliveira had no major injuries.[45] With the win, Holloway became the youngest fighter in UFC history to get 10 wins.[46]

Holloway faced Jeremy Stephens on December 12, 2015, at UFC 194.[47] Holloway won the fight via a lopsided unanimous decision.[48]


Holloway faced Ricardo Lamas on June 4, 2016, at UFC 199.[49] He won the thrilling fight via unanimous decision.[50]

Holloway faced Anthony Pettis for the interim UFC Featherweight Championship on December 10, 2016, at UFC 206.[51] At the weigh-ins, Pettis came in at 148 lbs., three pounds over the featherweight limit of 145 lbs. for a championship fight. As a result, in the event that Pettis were to win the fight with Holloway, he would be ineligible for the UFC championship. Pettis was also fined 20% of his purse, which went to Holloway and the bout proceeded at a catchweight.[52][53] Through a barrage of punches Holloway won the fight via TKO in the third round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[54][55]


Holloway faced the lineal featherweight champion José Aldo in a title unification bout on June 3, 2017, at UFC 212.[56] After facing some early adversity, Holloway found his way into the fight and defeated Aldo via TKO in the third round. He earned his first Fight of the Night bonus award for the bout.[57][58]

On October 4, 2017, Holloway revealed that he had signed a new multi-fight deal with UFC.[59] Holloway was expected to face Frankie Edgar on December 2, 2017, at UFC 218;[60] however, on November 8, 2017, Edgar was pulled from the card due to injury[61] and was replaced by José Aldo.[62] The fight played out similar to the first fight, with slight adjustments each athlete made. The fight was relatively close in the first half though Holloway was again able to turn up the pressure and gain the upper hand in the second half. Holloway won the fight via TKO in the third round and retained the UFC Featherweight belt.[63]


The bout with Edgar was rescheduled and was expected to take place on March 3, 2018 at UFC 222.[64] On February 3, 2018, it was announced that Holloway had to pull out of the fight with Edgar due to a leg injury. [65]

Holloway was expected to replace the injured Tony Ferguson and face Khabib Nurmagomedov for the vacant undisputed UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 223 on April 7th, 2018. If victorious, Holloway would be only the second fighter (behind Conor McGregor) in UFC history to hold two titles in different divisions simultaneously. On April 6th, as he was due to weigh in, Holloway was pulled from the card by the doctors due to the severity of his weight cut.[66] The bout continued with Al Iaquinta as a last minute replacement for Holloway.[67]

Holloway was scheduled to defend his UFC Featherweight Championship title on July 7, 2018 at UFC 226 against Brian Ortega.[68] However on July 4, Holloway was pulled from the fight due to "concussion like symptoms".[69]

Personal life[edit]

Holloway has one son. He is an avid fan of video games and an active user of the video-game streaming service Twitch under the username 'BlessedMMA'. He plays first person shooters as well as RPGs.[70] Holloway identifies strongly with his Hawaiian heritage; he carries the Hawaiian flag inside the octagon and fights in the Hawaiian Reebok kit.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 19–3 José Aldo TKO (punches) UFC 218 December 2, 2017 3 4:51 Detroit, Michigan, United States Defended the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Win 18–3 José Aldo TKO (punches) UFC 212 June 3, 2017 3 4:13 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Won and unified the UFC Featherweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 17–3 Anthony Pettis TKO (body kick and punches) UFC 206 December 10, 2016 3 4:50 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Won the interim UFC Featherweight Championship; Pettis missed weight (148 lbs). Performance of the Night.
Win 16–3 Ricardo Lamas Decision (unanimous) UFC 199 June 4, 2016 3 5:00 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 15–3 Jeremy Stephens Decision (unanimous) UFC 194 December 12, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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 Featherweight debut.
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]


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Awards and achievements
Title last held by
José Aldo
3rd UFC Interim Featherweight Champion
December 10, 2016 – June 3, 2017
Preceded by
José Aldo
4th UFC Featherweight Champion
June 3, 2017 – present