Featherweight firecracker Max Holloway is snatching his way up the UFC rankings, and aims to kick off his 2015 campaign with victory following a menacing run in 2014 that saw the 23-year-old go 4-0 with consecutive stoppages.
Currently the featherweight division’s #13 ranked contender, Holloway (11-3) was last defeated in 2013 by current title challenger Conor McGregor via unanimous decision. Prior to then, Holloway lost a split-decision to Dennis Bermudez , also in 2013, and encountered the first loss of his career at the age of just 20 against top-10 ranked Dustin Poirier.
As the youngest fighter to have 10 fights in the UFC, losing out to such notable contenders, at such a young age, has done little to hinder the young Hawaiian’s status as an exciting contender for the future, and his continuous development appears to have shifted up a gear in 2014 with ‘Blessed’ looking more deadly with each showing.
Most recently, Holloway devastated Akira Corassani with a no-nonsense, first round knockout that rendered Corassani unconscious in front of his own countryman at UFC Fight Night 53 in Stockholm, Sweden.
For many, Holloway’s exciting potential would justify a slightly more significant step up in competition, but he will first meet long time UFC veteran Cole Miller (21-8) on February 15 at UFC Fight Night 60.
Miller has continuously proved himself as a hardy challenge for all comers. The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 contestant is 3-3 in the 145lb featherweight division, but made a name for himself at lightweight with wins over the likes of top British lightweight Ross Pearson. Miller has not been finished since 2009 with his four losses since then having all gone the distance.
Despite his current 2-fight win streak, Miller finds himself outside of the top 15, but Holloway is confident that a fifth straight victory will bring him to higher ranked opposition as he looks to pick off top-10 names. Furthermore, Holloway’s path is definite in his own mind, and he is certain that, in the ‘near future’, he will become the UFC featherweight champion, it’s just a matter of time.
“I see it in the near future, I’ve just got to keep training, getting better, working hard, sticking to my plan, and just watch it unfold.
“If you’re in the sport and you’re not trying to get that gold belt, then what you doing it for?”
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