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Max Holloway

Max Holloway

American mixed martial artist
Max Holloway
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American mixed martial artist
Is Athlete Mixed martial artist
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 4 December 1991, Waianae, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Age: 28 years
Star sign SagittariusSagittarius
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 145 lbs
The details


Jerome Max Keli'i 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 a former UFC Featherweight Champion. As of June 30, 2020, he is #10 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings and #1 in the UFC featherweight rankings.


Holloway is of Native Hawaiian and Samoan ancestry. He graduated from Waianae High School in 2010, where he began to learn kickboxing. 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.

Mixed martial arts career

Early MMA career

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 lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, due to his ability to incorporate a wide array of flying and spinning kicks, knees and elbows into his striking game.

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

Ultimate Fighting Championship


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.

In his second fight, Holloway faced Pat Schilling on June 1, 2012, at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. 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 Lawrence with a punch to the body and finishing with a flurry of more punches.

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Holloway faced Anthony Pettis for the interim UFC Featherweight Championship on December 10, 2016, at UFC 206. 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. Through a barrage of punches Holloway won the fight via TKO in the third round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.


Holloway faced the featherweight champion José Aldo in a title unification bout on June 3, 2017, at UFC 212. 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.

On October 4, 2017, Holloway revealed that he had signed a new multi-fight deal with UFC. Holloway was expected to face Frankie Edgar on December 2, 2017, at UFC 218; however, on November 8, 2017, Edgar was pulled from the card due to injury and was replaced by José Aldo. 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.


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

On April 1, 2018, Holloway was announced as a late replacement for the injured Tony Ferguson in a fight for the vacant undisputed UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 223 against Khabib Nurmagomedov to be held on April 7, 2018. If victorious, Holloway would be only the second fighter (behind Conor McGregor) in UFC history to hold titles in two different divisions simultaneously. Holloway, who had no fight scheduled and was not in a training camp, accepted the fight with only six days to prepare. On April 6, as he was due to weigh in, Holloway was pulled from the card by New York State Athletic Commission doctors due to the severity of his short notice weight cut. The bout continued with Al Iaquinta as a last minute replacement for Holloway.

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

For his second title defense, Holloway faced Brian Ortega in the main event at UFC 231 in Toronto, Canada on December 8, 2018. Holloway started the fight off with an excellent lead. After some courageous resistance from Ortega, he poured an enormous amount of punches upon the challenger, ultimately winning the fight via TKO at the end of fourth round by doctor stoppage. This win earned him the Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night awards. Holloway broke the record for most significant strikes in one fight with 290, broke the record for landing 134 of those significant strikes in a round, and set the record for most victories in UFC featherweight history with fifteen.


Holloway faced Dustin Poirier in a rematch for the Interim UFC Lightweight Championship on April 13, 2019, at UFC 236. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.

A bout against Frankie Edgar was scheduled a third time and eventually took place on July 27, 2019 in the main event at UFC 240. Holloway won the fight via unanimous decision, successfully defending his Featherweight title for a third time.

In his fourth title defense, Holloway faced Alexander Volkanovski on December 14, 2019 at UFC 245. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.


Holloway was slated to rematch Volkanovski for the UFC Featherweight Championship on July 12 at UFC 251. Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway Rematch Targeted for UFC 251. In which Max lost in a controversial split decision. With two judges scoring the fight 48-47 in favor of Volkanovski and one judge scoring it 48-47 in favor of Max. After the fight UFC President Dana White said he believed Max had won the fight and that something had to be done about the “bad judging” in the sport.

Personal life

Holloway has one son, Rush Holloway.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Interim UFC Featherweight Championship (One time)
    • UFC Featherweight Championship (One time)
      • Three successful title defenses
    • Knockout of the Night (One time) vs.Will Chope
    • Fight of the Night (Three times) vs. José Aldo, Brian Ortega and Dustin Poirier
    • Performance of the Night (Four times) vs. Akira Corassani, Cub Swanson, Anthony Pettis and Brian Ortega
    • First American to win the UFC Featherweight Championship
    • Tied-second longest winning streak in UFC history (13)
    • Longest winning streak in UFC Featherweight division history [14]
    • Most wins in UFC featherweight division (16)
    • Most KO/TKO wins in UFC featherweight division (8)
    • Most strikes landed in a fight in UFC history (+307 vs. Brian Ortega)
  • X-1 World Events
    • X-1 Lightweight Championship (One time)
  • World MMA Awards
    • 2017 Charles 'Mask' Lewis Fighter of the Year
  • MMAMania.com
    • UFC/MMA 'Fighter of the Year' 2017 - Top 5 List #1
  • RealSport
    • 2017 Fighter of the Year
  • Pundit Arena
    • 2017 Fighter of the Year
  • MMAFighting.com
    • 2017 Fighter of the Year
  • BishopSportsNetwork.com
    • 2017 Fighter of the Year
  • MMADNA.nl
    • 2018 Performance of the Year

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
27 matches 21 wins 6 losses
By knockout 10 0
By submission 2 1
By decision 9 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 21–6 Alexander Volkanovski Decision (split) UFC 251 July 12, 2020 5 5:00 Yas Island, Adu Dabi For the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Loss 21–5 Alexander Volkanovski Decision (unanimous) UFC 245 December 14, 2019 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Win 21–4 Frankie Edgar Decision (unanimous) UFC 240 July 27, 2019 5 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Defended the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Loss 20–4 Dustin Poirier Decision (unanimous) UFC 236 April 13, 2019 5 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States For the interim UFC Lightweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 20–3 Brian Ortega TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 231 December 8, 2018 4 5:00 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Defended the UFC Featherweight Championship. Performance of the Night. Fight of the Night.
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) and was ineligible to win the title. 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 Lightweight debut.

Pay-per-view bouts

No. Event Fight Date Venue City PPV Buys
1. UFC 206 Holloway vs. Pettis December 10, 2016 Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada 150,000
2. UFC 212 Aldo vs. Holloway June 3, 2017 Jeunesse Arena Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 200,000
3. UFC 218 Holloway vs. Aldo December 2, 2017 Little Caesars Arena Detroit, Michigan, U.S 230,000
4. UFC 231 Holloway vs. Ortega December 8, 2018 Scotiabank Arena Toronto, Ontario, Canada 350,000
5. UFC 236 Holloway vs. Poirier 2 April 13, 2019 State Farm Arena Atlanta, Georgia, U.S 100,000
Total sales 1,030,000
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