Breaking Down UFC Vegas 42: Holloway vs Rodriguez

Max Holloway is back folks. I repeat, Max Blessed Holloway aka the greatest featherweight of all time is back TODAY in the octagon. Lets take a look at how special max looked in his last fight real quick…


In Holloway’s last fight in January against Calvin Kattar, Holloway put on one of the most historic performances in the history of the sport. Holloway dominated Kattar for all 5 rounds and won by unanimous decision, Holloway set the UFC single-fight records for total strikes landed and attempted, significant strikes landed and attempted, strike differential, distance strikes landed, significant head strikes landed and significant body strikes landed. His fourth-round also set the record for strikes and significant strikes landed. It was about as beautiful of a masterpiece as one can paint inside the octagon.

#1 Max Holloway (-720) vs #3 Yair Rodriguez (+500) in a top contender matchup in the featherweight division is a very high level matchup. Im not sure in my years of watching that i’ve seen a 1 vs 3 matchup with the odds at -720 and +500. Those are INSANE odds. It’s a testament to the greatness of Max Holloway. I think a little of it has to do with Rodriguez’s 2 year layoff as well, but Holloway’s most recent performance is leaving alot of people out there expecting much of the same.

I believe Max gets the job done. I see him getting Yair out of there in the 4th or 5th round and breaking him down physically and mentally with his boxing. If Yair can use his leg kicks to compromise Max then he might have a shot, but Holloway is just too smart to let that overtake him in my opinion. He is the best boxer in the sport and while he didn’t get the chance to put Boston’s Calvin Kattar away, if he can put that damage and out put that he did to Calvin, I just don’t see Yair being able to withstand that storm that is Max Holloway.

I mean LOOK at these stats MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn just posted, they are out of this freaken world. The craziest part? He’s only 29 years old and might just be getting started. Take it in and enjoy it folks, an all time great might be at his peak and he fights…today.

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