Max Holloway vs Conor McGregor UFC Fight Night 26 Full Fight Part 1
- Posted on Jun 30, 2019
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Conor McGregor had more than a little pressure on him, and he lived up to the hype again.
The Irishman got the full-on lights-out walkout treatment, despite being in just his second UFC fight, and having a spot on the preliminary card. McGregor then rolled to a dominant unanimous decision win over Max Holloway.
The featherweight bout took place today at UFC Fight Night 26 at Boston’s TD Garden. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following additional prelims on Facebook and ahead of a main card on FOX Sports 1.
McGregor landed leg kicks early, then a leaping kick just missed. Holloway tried to return fire with kicks of his own, but then ate a left hand and a kick to the body. Another left hand came right behind it, then a 1-2 with the right and left, and more unpredictable kicks. Holloway tried to create distance with jabs, but McGregor was much quicker to the punch – and the kicks.
When Holloway tried to land, McGregor several times held his hands out as if to ask, “Is that all you’ve got?” Holloway stayed in the pocket as best he could when not backing up, and even nearly landed a spinning wheel kick. But McGregor made it clear early he would be setting the pace.
That pace wasn’t as high in the second round, but that didn’t mean McGregor was any less in control of things in the standup game. Holloway tried his best to counter-punch, but he never had McGregor in any kind of trouble. Holloway kicked around three minutes into the round, and McGregor caught the leg and took the fight to the ground, and that would be a key strategy the rest of the way.
McGregor put Holloway on his back quickly in the third round and went to work out of the Hawaiian’s guard. He quickly passed to side control with more than four minutes to work in the round. McGregor briefly got to mount, but Holloway rolled out. Moments later, though, McGregor got back to mount, where he boxed the ears, then landed some punches when Holloway tried to scramble. Holloway got back to his feet with a minute left and landed a head kick that grazed McGregor. But soon after, McGregor put Holloway on his back again for the rest of the fight.
After nine straight stoppage wins, and finishes in all of his previous victories, McGregor finally had to go the distance in a fight. But he picked up 30-27 scores from two judges and a 30-26 from the third.
McGregor said his first takedown in the second round led to a knee injury that forced the other takedowns the rest of the way.
“I wanted to put him away,” McGregor said. “But in the second round, I caught a kick and tried to pass his half-guard. He caught my leg in an awkward position and bridge and rolled, and my whole knee just popped out midway through the second round. When we stood back up, I was wobbly and that’s why I had to change the game plan and look for the takedown. Midway through the second, I got that injury and I had to adjust and overcome.”
McGregor (14-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) stretched his win streak to 10 fights, though this was the first in that stretch to go to decision. Holloway (7-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) now has lost back-to-back fights after a split-decision loss to Dennis Bermudez in May.