The rise of talented Hawaiian UFC, mixed martial artist, Max Holloway, in the industry began in 2010 with a score of 4-0 at the age of 19 years. The champ sprang into the mainstream after he won his cage fight in March 2011 against the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) legend, Harris Sarmiento, clinching the lightweight Hawaii X-1 promotion.
Although Holloway tasted his first professional defeat at the hands of Dustin Poirier, he made history as the youngest fighter to rack up a straight 10 – 0 winning streak after knocking out Charles Oliveira in August 2015. Then he successfully defended his featherweight title thrice as of July 2019, sliding into number the 6th position on the list of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
What Happened To Max Holloway?
The skillful mixed martial artist withdrew from fixed matches thrice, months apart on the grounds of health challenge and weight cut. This inadvertently raised concerns among his fans and the athlete commission. His first health scare occurred in February 2018, after he sustained a leg injury that prevented him from slugging it with Frankie Edgar in March 2018.
Barely a month later in April 2018 after accepting a Khabib Nurmagomedov challenge, his shortfall in weight coupled with 6 days short notice made the Athletic commission of New York to remove him from the commitment.
Max Holloway’s third match withdrawal came after he exhibited slurry speech, drooping eyes, and sagging face during the interview for his UFC 226 featherweight championship defence fight in July 2018. After medical investigation, it was discovered that Max Holloway was suffering from signs of concussion. Below is everything there is to know about this humble sportsman.
Everything You Need To Know
His Background and Career
The trailblazer was birthed as Jerome Max Holloway, in one of the beautiful city of Honolulu, on the 4th of December 1991 and was raised by his grandparents because his biological parents were unable to tend to him. He has a mixed heritage of English, Samoan, and Hawaii and got his push into sports during his stay at Waianae High School. He stylishly employs the Muay Thai, flying, spinning kicks, knee and elbows tactics in striking his opponents in the ring to either bring them to submission or spring unsuspecting knockouts on them.
By 2012, he got his contract as a UFC fighter thanks to the intensive training he had at the Gracie Technics Honolulu centre. Max Holloway entered into Ultimate Fighting Championship as the youngest ever to book a slot on the roster. Although he lost his first fight as a replacement for Richardo Lamas, against lightweight American mixed martial artist Dustin Poirier.
Thereafter, he got better at his trade winning over other great ultimate fighters like Pat Schilling, Justin Lawrence, Leonard Garcia until he suffered a few defeats in the hands of Conor McGregor in 2013. The year 2014 was a good one; he scored his first technical knock out going up at Will Chope and winning the night’s fight bonus. Andre Fili was not spared from submitting to the power reach of Max in the same 2014.
Other athletes in the industry who have felt the victorious pulse of Holloway’s blows and kicks are Richardo Lamas (2016), Anthony Pettis (2016). Max’s quest for the featherweight championship title/belt, led him to lock horns twice with the Brazilian MMA, champ Jose Aldo in June and November 2017 first at the UFC 212 title unification bout. Eventually dispossessing him of the title via technical knockouts.
Despite the health hiccups, he suffered in March and July 2018, he came back in December 2018 claiming outstanding victory in the fight against the American MMA, Brian Ortega. The fight was a record-breaking bout with Max Holloway dishing out 290 strikes, 134 of which landed smoothly on the Ortega in one round. The black and blue pounding of Brian was settled with a knockout, and by the timely intervention of the doctor who handed over the Hawaiian his well deserved victory and awards.
After back and forth rescheduling of the third title defence match between the Max and Frankie Edgar. The match which held in July 2019, allowed Holloway to keep his featherweight title and belt for the third time. Surely this is not the end of his glorious career. More is still expected from this champion.
With a wonderful career run that has seen four defeats, out of 25 fights as of 2019, we can unequivocally state that Max Holloway through blood and sweat has earned his estimated net worth of $2 million. His income also trickles in from sponsorship deals, he enjoys from companies like Nike, Monster Energy drink, AllMax Nutrition, Budweiser, and a Hawaii car dealer known as Windward Dodge, that gifted him with a Windward Dodge Chrysler Jeep in 2017.
Max Holoway Personal Life
Max Holloway was once a married man. He was the husband of former child actor and model Kaimana Pa’aluhi who he dated for a long time before they tied the knot on valentine’s day 14th February 2012. Even though their union was shortlived, as it ended in 2014, it produced a son named Rush Holloway, born hours before his father got his UFC contract on 4th January 2012. No wonder, he is nicknamed blessed.
He later admitted he was seeing yet another model Moani Hara in 2017, they went public with their relationship in December 2017. She was 2014 Miss Hawaii.
Height and other Body Measurement
The featherweight champion is quite athletic with a slender body build. His height has been reported as 5 ft 11 inches (1.80m). Max Holloway’s height is supported by a weight of 66 kilograms (145 lbs). He has an amazing arm reach of 69 inches (1.75m).