“He Is the Man Now” – Max Holloway Lauds Teofimo Lopez for His Performance Against Vasyl Lomachenko

Published 12/24/2020, 11:33 PM EST


UFC featherweight Max Holloway opened up on his favorite fight this year in an interview with ESPN. The former featherweight kingpin, “Blessed” said that his favorite fight this year was not an MMA bout but rather a Boxing match.

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Teofimo Lopez‘s win over Vasyl Lomachenko was the Hawaiian’s favorite fight of 2020. Lopez put on an incredible performance to beat the Ukrainian Lomachenko.

With the WBO super, IBF, and WBO world lightweight titles on the line, the match was a very important one for both men. But the 23-year-old Lopez showcased incredible skills to beat Lomachenko.

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Favorite fight actually to watch is not even in MMA. It’s Boxing. To watch Teofimo Lopez do that to (Lomachenko). I thought there’s no way he’s gonna do what he did to Loma, and he did. Shoutout to the champ over there, he did his thing. He let everybody know that he is the man now and that fight was a  masterpiece to watch, for sure,” said Max Holloway.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: Teofimo Lopez Jr celebrates after defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko (not pictured) in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)

Few can argue with Holloway given how good the fight actually was, and Lopez truly put on a masterpiece of a performance.

Max Holloway is set to return in January 2021

Max Holloway returns to the main event in the first UFC card of 2021. He fights Calvin Kattar in a scintillating featherweight matchup.

The former champion is looking to work his way back up to the title after his controversial decision loss to champion Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 251.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: (R-L) Max Holloway punches Alexander Volkanovski of Australia in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

He will have a tough opponent to face as rising star Kattar is on a roll recently. But given Holloway’s record, it’s fair to say he is ready for anybody. A win for “Blessed” will put him back in title contention yet again.

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What do you make of Holloway’s comments about Teofimo Lopez vs Vasyl Lomachenko? Can Holloway get past Calvin Kattar?

 

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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