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MMA Junkie’s Knockout of the Month for April 2024: Max Holloway

Holloway earned the BMF” title and one of the crucial violent knockouts in UFC historical past.

Within the waning seconds of the combat, Holloway pointed to the middle, swung, and faceplanted an obliging Gaethje unconscious – with one second left on the clock in Spherical 5.

Each fighters had been maybe extra cautious than anticipated in Spherical 1. Holloway confirmed off calculated persistence and exquisite point-fighting, whereas Gaethje returned with some onerous boxing of his personal.

A pivotal second occurred on the finish of Spherical 1. Because the horn sounded, Holloway landed a leaping again kick. His heel dug into the nostril of Gaethje, who held his face as he walked again to his nook. The harm was obvious because the minimize man attended to him between rounds.

Issues acquired worse for Gaethje in Spherical 2. As if being unable to breathe wasn’t dangerous sufficient, Holloway poked him twice, as soon as in every eye. Referee Marc Goddard known as timeout on every foul, however didn’t take a degree.

In Spherical 3, Holloway landed some onerous pictures. Gaethje struggled to seek out rhythm. The pace benefit was apparent in Holloway’s favor.

Issues acquired a bit extra fascinating in Spherical 4 because the monotony of a Holloway placing showcase was damaged. Gaethje landed a proper hand that knocked Holloway down. It was the primary registered knockdown towards Holloway in. his profession.

Earlier than Spherical 5, coach Trevor Whitman tried to encourage his fighter, Gaethje, and known as for aggression all through the ultimate 5 minutes.

Holloway flipped that script although and shocked Gaethje with a violent, speed-changing mixture. Holloway drilled the physique with two punches, however Gaethje stayed upright and waved Holloway on.

Within the closing seconds, Holloway turned again time to his well-known swing-for-the-fences second with Ricardo Lamas from 2016 – solely this time with an alternate ending. Holloway knocked Gaethje unconscious with an enormous overhand proper.

Holloway, 32, prolonged his profitable streak to a few, a stretch that additionally contains victories over Arnold Allen and Chan Sung Jung.

Gaethje, 35, has a two-fight profitable streak snapped. He entered off consecutive victories over Rafael Fiziev and Poirier.

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