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Max Holloway remains in UFC title picture after knocking out Arnold Allen



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max holloway Still one of the best featherweight fighters in the world, which has been the case for the better part of a decade.

Former UFC Featherweight Champion defeated Arnold Allen via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) in the main event of UFC Kansas City on Saturday. It was a strong showing for Holloway in an intersectional fight in his career. Had he lost, he would have fallen from his spot as the top contender for the first time in nearly eight years. Holloway has not lost a non-title fight since 2013.

“That guy hits like a truck,” Holloway said of Allen in his post-fight interview. “She put me in the final round and blindfolded me. Dammit, Arnold. My modeling career is in jeopardy because of you.”

Coming in, ESPN had Holloway ranked No. 3 in the world at featherweight and Allen No. 8. Allen was looking for his biggest win to date after starting his UFC career with 10 straight wins.

Holloway came out strong in the first round, landing a southpaw stance. He went back to orthodox and landed a hard right kick to the body late in the first, a technique he used efficiently all night. Allen rallied in the second with some tough combinations.

The third round was crucial for Holloway. Allen cut him early with a punch to the inside of his left eye, but Holloway landed a late combo and three hard body kicks.

In the fourth, Allen landed some nice left hands and may have done enough to go into the final round as well. Allen pushed hard and landed on Holloway to start fifth. But Holloway landed a spinning back elbow and, after being clipped in the closing seconds, rocked Allen with two left hooks and a right hand as the bell rang.

Holloway Says He Wants To Recreate The Famous Finish For His Fight Against UFC 199 Ricardo Lamas In 2016, when Holloway pointed to the ground in the middle of the octagon at the last second, indicating that he intended to brawl with Lamas until the bell rang.

“I wanted to remake that moment,” Holloway said. “It was great fun.”

Judges Chris Lee and Sal D’Amato both gave the first four rounds to Holloway. Judge Travis Buesking awarded the first, third and fourth rounds to Holloway.

Holloway closed his post-cage interview by urging the crowd to applaud Allen’s performance.

Holloway said, “Please, when this guy – this little animal – takes the mic, please don’t boo that guy.” “Please cheer for her. Let’s cheer for her. It takes two to dance and she did it.”

Holloway (23-7) was coming off his third loss to the UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovsky Last July at UFC 276. The Hawaii native has won three of his last four. Holloway, 31, is 16-4 in his last 20 bouts, with the only losses coming in title bouts. Lost a nontitle bout against Holloway last time conor mcgregor 10 years ago.

Holloway earned his 20th UFC victory on Saturday, making him the 12th fighter to achieve the feat. He became the only fighter to land more than 3,000 significant strikes and went over seven hours in the octagon following his bout against Allen, making him the third fighter to do so.

Holloway has indicated that he will continue to fight contenders to keep himself in the conversation, even if a fourth fight against Volkanovsky seems far-fetched. On the post-fight show, Holloway said he might consider moving up to lightweight, where he lost an interim title fight. dustin poirier In 2019.

“If [lightweight] There’s and there’s a road, so why not?” Holloway said.

Allen’s (19-2) 12-fight winning streak was snapped. The England-born fighter had not lost since 2014. Allen, 29, was coming off a TKO (injury) win Calvin Kattar last October.

“Max has been around a long time,” said Allen. “He’s an inspiration to me. I love the man.”

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