Hawaiian Max Holloway scored the most important victory of his career getting the better of Ricardo Lamas for three rounds at UFC 199 on Saturday night at the storied Forum in Los Angeles.
By all rights, Holloway already should have challenged for the UFC featherweight championship, but circumstances being what they are, he has had to bide his time and continue piling win upon win. This victory over Lamas is his ninth consecutive and over a man that has challenged for the belt. It etches Holloway as the best UFC featherweight fighter that has yet to challenge for the belt.
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With featherweight champ Conor McGregor tied up at welterweight with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 and Jose Aldo fighting Frankie Edgar for the interim belt at UFC 200, Holloway may still have to wait a while for his title shot, but he can no longer be denied.
Holloway set the pace from the beginning of the fight, taking the center of the Octagon and landing short flurries of punches in the opening couple of minutes. He hurt Lamas about two minutes into the fight with a punch combination followed by a knee to the body, but didn’t get ahead of himself.
Lamas tried to recover and shot a couple of takedowns, but Holloway defended the shot well on both occasions, easily taking the first round.
Lamas started much stronger in round two, holding his own on the feet with Holloway, but couldn’t maintain it when Holloway started shifting stances and ….View full article