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Dana White Confirms Big Change in UFC 300 Bonus for Max Holloway After Justin Gaethje’s Devastating KO

Published 04/14/2024, 12:46 AM EDT

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UFC 300 just witnessed one of the greatest knockouts in the promotion’s history. Max Holloway dropped the ‘BMF’ belt holder in the very last round. The fight began with Holloway injuring Gaethje in the last second of the first round, and it ended with Holloway knocking out the ‘Highlight’ in the last second of the last round.

Max Holloway was the underdog in the outing. However, ‘Blessed’ has proved why he is one of the best boxers in the business. His performance tonight has the potential to get a double bonus and it seemed like the UFC Head Honcho agreed with it as well.

Max Holloway’s fire performance at UFC 300 is getting a thumbs-up from Dana White

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Interestingly, a UFC insider and journalist revealed that Dana White is in the mood to provide Max Holloway the double bonus as he was equally stunned by the knockout as everyone else. The journalist revealed that he had a conversation with the UFC CEO and inquired whether Holloway has a chance to win the double bonus and White responded with, “He can’t imagine what would have to happen in the next two fights for that to not happen.”

At the presser, Dana White raved about Holloway’s performance, and seemed like he made sure that Holloway would get the double bonus.‘Tonight, totally embodied what that belt was built for and there should be a picture of that fight in the dictionary when you look up BMF. It was incredible… That fight sucked the life out of everybody tonight… I sell holy-sh** moments for a living. That was the ultimate holy-sh** moment of all time… One second left and a knockout like that. That’s like movie sh**…”

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What a performance it was for the Hawaiwan, Max Holloway. The five-round fight between him and Justin Gaethje ended in ‘The highlight’s defeat as ‘Blessed’ knocked him out in the very last second. The first kick to the nose in the initial round set the stage for Holloway to clinch the victory and that is what happened.

In the post-match conference, Holloway revealed why he made that bold decision. He developed as a formidable striker, challenging the knockout power house and not allowing him to get back at Holloway. He said, “This is what BMFs is known for – the baddest mother******… If that’s not a BMF moment, I don’t know what is… If the cards were flipped and Justin felt like he was up, I know he would give me that 10-second shot. He’s a bad man, and I don’t know if I’m ever gonna share the octagon with him again. He’s a legend…”

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However, shortly after winning the thriller, Holloway took the mic to scream his heart out to call out the featherweight champion as well as the lightweight champion for a fight. Interestingly, Ilia Topuria has accepted Holloway’s challenge.

Ilia Topuria agrees to face Max Holloway in the future soon

After winning the belt against Alexander Volkanovski, Ilia Topuria stated that he would not face Max Holloway as he wanted to concentrate on the new talents in the division but seems like ‘Blessed’ has forced ‘El Matador’ to change his decision. Topuria was there near the Octagon when Holloway dropped Gaethje and upon witnessing the callout, ‘El Matador’ made sure that he wouldn’t chicken out from the challenge.

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“Everything is clear for me. My next fight will be against Max Holloway. Congratulations to him and enjoy tonight. But after the fight with me, he will have a long time to get back in line,” said Ilia Topuria in a conversation with the media.

The featherweight division is about to sustain some heat in these summers as the classic Holloway is back on the track to claim the belt. What’s your take on the match? Do you believe Max Holloway has what it takes to be the next double champ? Let us know in the comments below.

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Suryakant Das is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His fascination with combat sports was sparked by gleeful moments he shared with his father watching wrestling. An ardent fan of UFC star Charles Oliveira, Surya closely follows the sport and keeps tabs on behind-the-scenes action.
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