The Hawaiian was unceremoniously thrown to the wolves on short notice in his first fight in the Octagon, stepping up to face one of the promotion’s top featherweight contenders. Dustin Poirier submitted Holloway late in the first round of their fight at UFC 143 on Super Bowl weekend.
Back on track, Holloway now steps in with undefeated TUF Live alum Justin Lawrence.
Lawrence currently maintains a 4-0 record with a win over John Cofer at the recent season finale in Las Vegas. He holds a notable victory over WEC veteran James Krause to earn his way into TheUltimate Fighter house, although that bout was a one-rounder and doesn’t count on the fighters’ official records.
UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson puts his belt on the line against the man he took it from, Frankie Edgar, in the main event at UFC 150 on Aug. 11 in Denver.
Max Holloway defeated Pat Schilling by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Max Holloway turned in an excellent performance in his featherweight bout with Pat Schilling, dominating the striking on the feet and not getting baited into a ground battle with the grappler. He won a unanimous decision with three 30-27 scores. The Hawaiian worked the body to perfection, depleting Schilling's tank quickly and basically taking him out of the fight. Schilling showed a lot of heart, but it wasn't enough in the end.
Schilling moved in and scooped Hollaway off the ground, but couldn't get him to the mat to start the bout. He persevered and got it, but Hollaway got away immediately. Holloway landed a solid kick to the body. Shilling tried to roll into a kneebar but Holloway was having none of it. Schilling landed a nice spinning backfist and chased Holloway all over the cage. Holloway came back with a couple of nice combinations and body work. Holloway backed Schilling against the cage and dug to the body again, which definitely slowed Schilling down a bit. Holloway fought off a kneebar to end the round.
Holloway looked for a spinning attack early and was wrapped up by Schilling, but again Schilling couldn't get it to the floor. Holloway hurt Schilling against the cage with a straight right. Schilling went to the ground, but Holloway let him up. Holloway was all over him against the cage but Schilling circled away. Pat went for a weak and unsuccessful takedown. Holloway dug landed a few shots to the body and Schilling was just about done. He continued to look for a takedown and flopped to his back. Schilling responded with a nice spinning backfist, but was very tired. Holloway dropped him against the fence, but couldn't finish before the end of the round.
Schilling apparently hurt his shoulder in the second round. Schilling landed a nice shot to start the final round. Holloway continued to control the standup, backing Schilling up continually. Holloway worked his jab a lot more late which was very effective. He briefly dropped Schilling but again backed off so he didn't have to tangle with him on the ground. Schilling's nose was busted wide open. Holloway tried some flashy stuff off the cage to get the finish late, but Schilling persevered to the bell.
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 31: Max Holloway makes weight during The Ultimate Fighter Live weigh in at the Palms Casino Resort on May 31, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images via UFC.com)
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 may have come to a close with the live Finale taking place tonight (Fri., June 1, 2012) at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, but the card wasn't just for TUF contestants.
Indeed, a featherweight fracas was also booked for the card as Max Holloway made his return after dropping his UFC debut to take on Pat Schilling, who also lost in his first sojourn inside the Octagon. Both men were submitted in the first round.
The going was better this time out, at least for Holloway, who battered and beat down Schilling all over the through three full rounds. By the time it was deep into round three, Schilling was lying on the mat simply waiting for the horn to save him.
Once it came, the judges decision to unanimously award the victory to Holloway by scores of 30-27 across the board was obvious. Maybe as obvious as the pink slip that is probably headed Schilling's way.
Both guys were light on their feet to start. Holloway tried to emulate Justin Lawrence with a head kick knockout but Schilling actually bothered to keep his hands up, unlike John Cofer.
He also recognized his shortcomings standing and grabbed a single leg for a takedown, which he properly executed by turning the corner. Unfortunately, he was immediately reversed and Holloway used his superior position to get back to his feet.
Schilling decided to get cute and throw a spinning back fist and he damn near landed it to excellent results. He just missed, though, and Holloway turned up the pressure. Make no mistake, Schilling was more than willing to exchange in a fire fight but he wasn't having the success he needed to win the fight, instead defending against the fence after a few hard body shots.
The first round ended with Holloway getting buck with a big jumping knee in the corner.
The pressure and pace didn't slow in the second round, as Holloway continued pressing the action while Schilling remained flat footed and on the defensive. The punishment he endured through the first round, especially the many shots to the body he absorbed, took their toll with minutes remaining and Schilling simply laid down. I mean that literally.
There were times when he wasn't doing anything but laying on the mat, waiting for the end. Unfortunately for him, he had another round to get through.
Schilling showed plenty of heart in the final frame, lasting five more minutes despite a shoulder injury, which he told his corner about in between rounds. But Holloway was just too much and he earned the rightful decision.
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Both Hawaiian Max Holloway (4-1) and Team Ambition's Pat Schilling (5-1) were finished in the 1st round of their Octagon debuts but had little time to prepare as late replacements. Holloway faced Dustin Poirier at UFC 143 and, in what little we saw, looked quite comfortable on the feet. He had quick hands, good balance and combinations and the flying knee and a spinning back kick would indicate a diverse arsenal. He also showed a solid grasp of fundamentals with takedown defense, though Poirier eventually grounded him before securing the triangle-armbar. Holloway is the UFC's youngest competitor at age 20.
For a guy with a background in wrestling with 4 of 5 wins by submission, Schilling looked to have decent stand up as well. He threw a nice counter left hook, had some snap on his punches and attacked the body with a roundhouse kick. A minute in, Pineda scored a takedown, immediately passed to full mount, fired a few blows and then locked in a rear-naked choke when Schilling gave his back. In his UFC.com pre-fight interview, Schilling makes no excuses for the loss but expresses his confidence after having 8 weeks to train instead of just 1.
As a white belt in BJJ, Holloway's takedown defense will be crucial. Having won 3 of 4 by decision (the other is a TKO), I assume he's not a big power puncher and, since it's unlikely he'll submit Schilling, 15 minutes is a lot of time to repel takedowns and/or survive on the mat. Holloway, who has a stretchy 70" reach, will also have a 3" height advantage (5'11" vs. 5'8") and will need to apply that on the feet and in the clinch. He'll want to stay active with long, straight punches and use footwork to avoid being pinned against the fence.
If he is tied up, his height and length must convert to leverage in order to stay afoot. In the clinch against Poirier, Hollaway controlled the head well, used the whizzer to prevent Poirier from clasping his hands together and kept his hips out of reach. Poirier eventually exploded for a takedown and submitted Holloway quickly, but Pineda did the same thing to Schilling, who's being touted as a ground specialist.
While both competitors are green in professional fighting, Hollaway won 3 titles in 3 months on the amateur circuit and Schilling was undefeated at 6-0. There is a pretty distinct disparity in their pro competition: in his 3rd fight, Holloway defeated a stubborn and experienced veteran in Harris Sarmiento (34-23) who, despite facing Holloway late in his career, has wins over Jonathan Brookins, former UFCer Shane Nelson, "Razor" Rob McCullough in the WEC and Bellator's Ed West. Schilling's opposition has been mediocre at best. The following passage is from the Dissection before his match with Pineda:
While Pineda will have a significant edge in experience with four-times as many fights, Schilling's past level of competition leaves much to be desired. His opponents have a poor cumulative record (14-31) and two are yet to win (0-1, 0-7). In fact, he's only beaten one fighter with a winning record, which was Tom Waters (4-3).
The stylistics might favor a Schilling submission, but I think Holloway will unload some fan-friendly striking and shuck off enough takedowns to sway the judges.
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If you’ve been paying attention, the name Max Holloway should be familiar to you. If you haven’t, put on that dunce cap and write “Holloway is stepping in for an injured Ricardo Lamas to fight Dustin Poirier at UFC on Fox 2” twenty times on the chalk board. That’ll teach you.
While Poirier is a tough draw, especially for a guy making his UFC debut, Holloway is no slouch himself, despite only having four professional fights to his credit. Here’s what you need to know about “the other Lil Evil”, Max Holloway:
-Holloway is a twenty year old Hawaiian prospect who has compiled a 4-0 professional record. Three of his four victories have come via decision, with his sole stoppage being a first round knockout against then 12-17 Bryson Kamaka in 2010.
-Don’t let the lack of stoppages fool you into thinking Holloway is a boring fighter. Known for his unorthodox striking and exceptional conditioning, Lil Evil blitzes opponents early and often. And despite being six feet tall, Max Holloway prefers to stay in the pocket against opponents.
MAX HOLLOWAY FILLS IN AGAINST DUSTIN POIRIER AT UFC 143
UFC featherweight, Dustin Poirier, has already seen two potential opponents for UFC 143 scratched due to injury, with Erik Koch and then Ricardo Lamas dropping out. He now hopes the third time will be the charm as the UFC has signed Hawaiian featherweight, Max Holloway to face Poirier on the February card. MMA Weekly has the report:
Sources close to the match-up confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that verbal agreements are in place for the match-up with bout agreements to follow.
Holloway should be familiar to BloodyElbow.com readers, as he was the #7 featherweight prospect on our 2012 World MMA Scouting Report. Leland Roling compared the aggressive Hawaiian's style to Anthony Pettis, as Holloway incorporates a wide array of flying and spinning kicks, knees and elbows into his striking game. This could prove to be an interesting stylistic match-up against the similarly aggressive, but slightly more standard kickboxing of Poirier, although with Poirier's slick ground skills thrown in as well, Holloway would be wise to try to keep this one standing. Poirier will also have an experience edge here, but Holloway's been in there with some of Hawaii's more experienced veterans like Harris Sarmiento and Bryson Kamaka, and came away victorious both times.
Max Holloway (4-0)
W Eddie Rincon (decision) - UIC 4
W Harris Sarmiento (split decision) - X1 Champions 3
W Bryson Kamaka (KO) - X1 Island Pride
NEWCOMER MAX HOLLOWAY IN TO FACE DUSTIN POIRIER AT UFC 143
Undefeated newcomer Max Holloway will step in and face Dustin Poirier at UFC 143 on Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas.
Sources close to the match-up confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that verbal agreements are in place for the match-up with bout agreements to follow.
Holloway becomes Poirier’s third opponent over just a matter of weeks. Erik Koch was originally slated to face Poirier, and after injury struck it was Ricardo Lamas.
Lamas fell out of the fight due to injury earlier this week, so in steps Max Holloway.
Max Holloway comes to the UFC with an unblemished 4-0 record and at only 20 years of age, already one of the youngest competitors in the Octagon.
In only his third professional fight, Holloway defeated Strikeforce and IFL veteran Harris Sarmiento, and has continued to improve with every fight.
A strong striker with aggressive stand-up, Holloway will definitely have a challenge on his hands when he debuts against top ten featherweight Dustin Poirier, but with great opportunity sometimes comes great success.
Holloway did recently sign on with the management team at Blue Chip Management, and have pulled in past short notice opponents for their Octagon debuts in the past.
The fight between Poirier and Holloway will take place at UFC 143, although its placement on the card has yet to be determined.
ACCORDING TO JEREMY STEPHENS, MAX HOLLOWAY = ANTHONY PETTIS JR.
Max Holloway is truly "Blessed". Over recent years, the young up and coming fighter has been making his case for bigger promotions, bigger fights, and national recognition. He has finally gotten his foot firmly planted on the first step to his goals.
Recently, Max was asked by the camp of the UFC's ,Jeremy Stephens, to come out to San Diego and become one of Jeremy's training partners. You see, Stephens is preparing for his toughest bout to date in the UFC. He will be facing former WEC Lightweight Champ, Anthony "Showtime" Pettis.
The reasoning behind asking Max to help with training is because the camp of Stephens feels that Holloway most closely resembles the look of Pettis in the cage. Quite an honor in regards to his fighting style. Holloway spoke with MMA Hawaii (MMAhawaii.com) and said. .
"They call me Anthony Pettis Jr. out here. It's really an honor just to be here with these guys and to see what they do. I got to spar with Jeremy and another guy, and I went to Alliance and saw Dominick Cruz train. I get to do what they do before and after training, and I get to be a part of what they do. I even got to take a class from Dean Lister. I am learning so much out here. I feel very Blessed."
The opportunities inside of the next 7 weeks of training camp, could be just the fuel that Holloway needs to send him blasting into the big stage. Everyone in Hawaii has noticed his potential and abilities, and now it may possibly be time for the rest of the world to see it as well. But for the present, Holloway is just happy to be living the life of a fighter.
" Everyday we wake up and eat. Then we train, then rest, maybe play some games. Train some more, eat again. Then wake up the next day and do it all over again.I love staying with Jeremy and the guys. Jeremy even said he wants to come watch me fight."
Congratulations to our local fighter who is chasing his dreams. Hawaii is and will always be in support.
Max Holloway- "I just want to thank everybody for all of their support for me. I am truly blessed to have so many people believe in me. Bless you all."