“He Brings the Jazz”- Max Holloway Picks Israel Adesanya as the Most Exciting UFC Champion

Published 01/26/2021, 1:53 PM 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)


Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway recorded his best performance to date against Calvin Kattar on the first UFC card of the year 2021.

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‘Blessed’ completely dominated his opponent for 5 rounds as he put on a striking clinic. The Hawaiian went on to win a lopsided unanimous decision. The performance ignited questions of him being the best boxer on the UFC roster.

Holloway, a former champion himself, recently opened up about whom he thinks is the most entertaining champion in the UFC roster at the moment. Unsurprisingly, he picked the Middleweight kingpin, Israel Adesanya.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: Israel Adesanya of Nigerian is interviewed after defeating Paulo Costa of Brazil in their middleweight championship bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

I’m a striker, I like striking. So you’ve got to go with Stylebender. He brings the jazz with his dancing and all that stuff outside of the Octagon.

“And when he goes in, he does his thing. So most exciting has got to be that man right there,” said Holloway before the fight in an interview with SCMP MMA.

Stylebender‘ is without a doubt one of the hottest stars in the UFC currently. He has some slick entrance moves and his dancing skills are well appreciated.

But inside the Octagon he knows his trade just as well. He is a superlative striker. Adesanya conquered the middleweight gold in 2019 when he knocked Robert Whittaker out at UFC 243.

Currently, he is set to move up a weight class to the light-heavyweight to bring the fight to the 205 lbs champion Jan Blachowicz’s stoop. Adesanya wants to become one of the very few men to hold 2 UFC belts simultaneously.

What’s next for Max Holloway?

‘Blessed’ looks set to get another crack at champion Alexander Volkanovski. He dropped the belt to the Aussie at UFC 245 and then lost a controversial decision in the rematch at UFC 251. Volkanovski is set to defend his gold against Brian Ortega at UFC 260.

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The perennial featherweight contender has certainly earned the right to reclaim his throne again. He will have to wait and see which man he butts heads with after UFC 260.

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Is Israel Adesanya the most exciting UFC champion? Will Holloway fight for the belt next?

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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