Max Holloway plans to return, he was the youngest fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship when he first joined the promotion. Since then Holloway has posted a record of 22-6 with 10 knockouts and 2 submissions.
Holloway’s last fight took place on January 16th against Calvin Kattar. Holloway beat Kattar in celebrity fashion. The whole fight was one-sided with Max landing 445 significant strikes while Kattar only landed 133 significant strikes.
The scorecard was (50-43, 50-43, 50-42) tying the record for the most lopsided scorecard in UFC history. Holloway started the first round with a different kind of power. Kattar was able to land some shots but Holloway would return the favor but with more punches and combinations.
After the fight, Max’s opponent Kattar went on to say “If you ain’t a Max Holloway fan, you’re a hater,” Kattar said. “Kid’s a beast. Did what he had to do. Good luck to him, and hopefully the champ next, because he deserves another shot.”
Holloway broke several records that night landing a UFC record 445 significant strikes and his 141 significant strikes in round 4 was the most in a single round in UFC history. Together Holloway and Kattar set a record for the most significant strikes in a fight and the most significant strike differential(302).
Max was having such a good fight with 90 seconds left he turned toward the broadcast and started saying that he is the best boxer in the world and proceeded to throw more punches at Kattar while still looking at the broadcast team.
Holloway is the most accomplished featherweight in UFC history. He has the most wins (17), the most KO/TKO wins (8), and the most stoppage victories with (10)
Max has recently said that he wants to fight two more times this year. In a perfect world, he wants to fight once in July and once in December. Right now Holloway has his mind on UFC 260 because his old belt will be on the line.
Current champion Alex Volkanovski will be defending his title against Brian Ortega in the co-main event. Volkanovski is the betting favorite at -185 and Ortega is +185 but that doesn’t matter to Max. No matter who wins Holloway says he doesn’t care who he fights.
Holloway told MMA Junkie that “With Alex and Ortega coming up, everybody knows I’m the cloud over that fight. At the end of the day, let them focus on each other, and then, when it’s all said and done, the reign is gonna continue, so I can’t wait.”
Holloway has a history with both fighters. Max beat Ortega by TKO to defend the UFC Featherweight Championship in UFC 231. Max has lost twice to Volkanovski in back-to-back fights for the Featherweight title.
Volkanovski has said that he has no interest in fighting Holloway and wants a new challenge. After Max’s bout against Kattar UFC President Dana White said that Max deserves another title shot even if it’s against Volkanovski.
If Holloway is able to fight Volkanovski and win the title that will be a great comeback story for the 29-year-old Hawaii native. For now, Holloway is just going to chill at home, surf, and play video games while he waits for the call to win his old belt back