Former UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway has spent his entire adult career fighting in a cage. Much of that time was spent fighting the toughest confrontation the sport could throw at him.
The Hawaiian made his professional debut at the age of 19 and signed with the UFC for two more years. He played 30 times in 12 years and is currently 23-7. It is worth noting that all but one of the losses are achieved by decision. Another loss was to Dustin Poirier in Holloway’s UFC debut.
Throughout his career, Holloway has never stopped striking. Despite taking quite a few shots lately, he barely gets knocked out or appears to be knocked out by punches.
However, Holloway’s iron jaw finally got a taste of failure.
The fighter recently shared the “sad” news on Twitter.
Sadly, my “Never KO” record is over.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to fly with the Blue Angels. Hats off to pilot 7 Griffin Stangel and everyone behind the scenes for an unreal experience. This once in a lifetime ride I will never forget. Thanks pic.twitter.com/ptDEaztvEf
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) August 16, 2022
Holloway was most recently a U.S. Navy Air Show Squadron Blue Angel’s guest. The fighter shared cockpit footage showing him laughing as an experienced pilot performs a number of creepy stunts.
In the end G-Force was too much for Holloway (like any of us) and he was seen passing out .
“Sadly, my ‘never KO’d’ streak is over,” he wrote online . “I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to fly with the Blue Angels. Kudos to Griffin Stangel, Pilot 7 and everyone behind the scenes for an unreal experience. This once in a lifetime ride I will never forget. Thank you” .
Holloway’s most recent Octagon appearance was at UFC 276 in July. There, he faced Alexander Volkanovsky for the third time. Holloway was crushed by the reigning UFC featherweight champion by unanimous decision, ending their legendary rivalry in the cage.
Holloway lost three times to Volkanovsky in three years. The first was a unanimous decision, which cost Holloway the 145-pound title. The second leg was a split decision loss.
Impressive win around Holloway who lost to ‘Alexander the Great’ Frankie Edgar, Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez.
Volkanovsky expressed his intention to free up the lightweight throne and rise to Lightweight, we have a chance to see Holloway fight for that belt in the near future.