‘The Work Ain’t Done Yet’- Max Holloway Announces His Promotion to a Brown Belt in Jiu-Jitsu to Fans

Published 03/01/2021, 4:58 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)


UFC featherweight, Max Holloway, took to Instagram and recently announced that he was awarded his brown belt in Jit-Jitsu. ‘Blessed’ who has a happening presence on social media came out and shared the exciting news with his fans. Chiefly, the former champion is known for his volume striking, but he’s been chipping away at his grappling skills for a while.

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Max Holloway has been notoriously difficult to takedown throughout his MMA career and the stats back this up. The 22-6 fighter has only lost once in his entire career by submission, to Dustin Poirier back in February 2012.

His prowess in the defensive grappling realm forces fighters to stand and trade with him. What’s more, this never seems to end well with his opponents, and the striking records he holds are proof of that.

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The former featherweight kingpin will be looking to test his own offensive grappling skill set in his upcoming fights. It’s sure to add a new dimension to the formidable weapons he already possesses. Not to mention, his frame is massive at 145-pounds, making him a threat to maneuver around on the canvas.

Max Holloway: What’s next for ‘Blessed’

The Hawaiian volume striker is coming off arguably one of the most impressive wins of his storied careers thus far. Holloway beat down Calvin Kattar on the UFC’s first card on Network Television back on January 16, 2021. The former UFC featherweight champion put forth numbers that are largely unimaginable when looking at the sheer volume of strikes thrown in five-rounds.

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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)

Holloway landed a UFC record 445 significant strikes against ‘The Boston Finisher’ in their main event collision. 141 of those strikes came in the fourth round. Additionally, his statement performance saw him break his own UFC record, for most strikes landed in a single round. Hence, it’s clear that while the fight is on the feet, Holloway comes in with the advantage.

He’s likely next in line to face the winner of the UFC 260 fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega once they scrap for the belt. Holloway will be keen to put forth a new blend of grappling and striking to throw his opponents off their game. This could be what he needs if things align to get him his trilogy against ‘The Great’.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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