The third round of Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas will go down in the history books as one of the craziest and most gangster moments in MMA History. Specifically, the last 15 seconds of the fight, Max stops and points to the ground signaling Lamas to stand and trade for the reminder of the bout and Lamas obliges.
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Jerome Max Kelii Holloway (born December 4, 1991) is an American mixed martial artist competing in the Featherweight and Lightweight divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where he is the undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion. As of April 2018, Holloway is the #6 ranked UFC pound-for-pound fighter. Holloway is of Native Hawaiian and Samoan ancestry. He graduated from Waianae High School in 2010, where he began to learn kickboxing. Max currently trains out of Gracie Technics Honolulu and Legacy Muay Thai. He also gets his strength training out of Tactical Strength and Conditioning under Coach Darin Yap.
At the age of 19, Holloway had amassed a record of 4-0. He gained recognition as the #7 featherweight of all time in Bloody Elbow’s 2012 World MMA Scouting Report and has even been compared to former UFC and former WEC light-weight champion Anthony Pettis, due to his ability to incorporate a wide array of flying and spinning kicks, knees and elbows into his striking game. His early career was highlighted by a split decision win over former Strikeforce and WEC veteran Harris Sarimento on March 12, 2011, earning himself the lightweight strap for the Hawaii-based X-1 promotion.
Holloway was the youngest fighter on the UFC roster when he made his promotional debut as an injury replacement for Ricardo Lamas at UFC 143 on February 4, 2012, against Dustin Poirier. He lost the fight via submission (mounted triangle armbar) in the first round. In his second fight, Holloway faced Pat Schilling on June 1, 2012, at The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. After a dominant performance where he almost finished Schilling several times, Holloway won via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Holloway defeated Justin Lawrence, on August 11, 2012, at UFC 150. Holloway won the fight via TKO in the second round after dropping Lawrence with a punch to the body and finishing with a flurry of more punches. Holloway fought Leonard Garcia on December 29, 2012, at UFC 155, replacing an injured Cody McKenzie. Holloway won the close fight via split decision. Holloway faced Cole Miller on February 15, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 60. Holloway won the bout via dominant unanimous decision. Holloway faced Cub Swanson on April 18, 2015, at UFC on Fox 15. After out-striking Swanson through the first three rounds, Holloway finished the fight with a mounted guillotine in the third round. The win also earned Holloway his second Performance of the Night bonus award.
Holloway faced Charles Oliveira on August 23, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 74. He won the fight via TKO in the first round after Oliveira suffered an apparent neck/shoulder injury while defending a takedown and was unable to continue. The injury was later described as a micro-tear in his esophagus, although the UFC later released a statement clarifying that Oliveira had no major injuries. With the win, Holloway became the youngest fighter in UFC history to get 10 wins.