‘They Dont Know What The F*ck Crazy Land Is’- Max Holloway Calls Out People That Question His Ability

Published 03/03/2021, 8:24 AM EST
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JUNE 03: Max Holloway celebrates after his TKO victory over Jose Aldo of Brazil in their UFC featherweight championship bout during the UFC 212 event at Jeunesse Arena on June 3, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Max Holloway displayed his unreal striking prowess in January when he dismantled Calvin Kattar. Holloway broke almost every single-fight significant striking record in the UFC in that fight. Ironically, he had set those records himself against Brian Ortega in one of the most one-sided title fights in UFC history.

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Holloway was a guest on the Joe Rogan podcast and spoke about how his ability to go to ‘çrazy land’ hides any lapses in ability.

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“On paper, you put down my stats, nobody is going to pick me. What the f*ck? Who is this guy? You know what I mean? But there’s this mental part and this heart part that you can’t measure. That’s that crazy land part, people don’t know what the f*ck crazy land is. If they see this guy who’s got the passport to crazy land, but these are his stats.”

Holloway added, “Out of 10, all threes. Then there’s this guy with all nines or maybe a couple of tens. But he don’t got a passport to crazy land. They’ll be like f*ck crazy land, this guy is great. Most of the time they realize that the lads with the crazy land passport are, well, crazy. They figure it out.”

Max Holloway: Accurate in his assessment?

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: (R-L) Max Holloway punches Calvin Kattar in a featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Max Holloway is one of the most decorated UFC fighters active for a reason. Even though he has lost his last two championship bouts against Alexander Volkanovski, he is still the most dangerous fighter around. His weapon of intimidation is a barrage of never-ending strikes. They may not knock you out, but they wear on fighters and renders them incapable of defending.

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Holloway’s performance against Kattar is an example of what can happen if a fighter is in the ‘zone’. Holloway was locked in and did not seem to miss a beat inside the cage. He was talking to the announcers while seamlessly dodging strikes from Kattar. Along with that, he was landing some of his own.

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Crazy land may be the place every fighter needs to go to zone in on their fights. Even if someone has the skill, that mentality in a fight is imperative for continued success. Holloway is the example of that.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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