Max Holloway lost his belt against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 245 via unanimous decision. Going into the rematch, there were a lot of doubts about how Holloway would perform. He had stated that he had all his training sessions over zoom and never went to the gym because of the pandemic.
Luckily for him, ‘Blessed’ showed up with his A-game. Even though he lost the fight via split-decision, many fans and pundits alike believe that he was robbed and that he had done enough to secure the win in the rematch. There were doubts going into the fight against Kattar if Max could dust off two back-to-back losses against a tough opponent in Calvin Kattar.
In the post-fight press conference, John Morgan asked Dana White what he made of the former featherweight champion’s performance tonight.
Dana replied, “You know I think people keep doubting Max and thinking you know is old Max going to show up the guy who has lost a step and all that stuff and he just doesn’t. A lot of people whom we all respect and know a lot about the sport picked Kattar to win tonight…. And let’s give Kattar the respect he deserves. It takes two to make a great fight. And you know, incredible.”
White continued, “He’s fun, man. Holloway is fun. What’s crazy is, I haven’t talked to Max about this. I don’t know if this is a 100% true, but I was hearing that he didn’t even spar for this camp. So to not spar for this camp and come out and perform the way that he did, it’s pretty impressive.”
Max took on an incredibly difficult challenge in Calvin Kattar tonight, who was coming into the fight on the back of an impressive two-fight win streak.
In arguably his best performance inside an octagon, Max toyed with Kattar as he pushed the pace from the very first minute of the very first round. By the time the fight was over, ‘Blessed’ had left Kattar in a pool of his own blood. A truly inspirational performance by the champion.
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