These guys both came out swinging, they both landed some solid combinations, and Poirier rocked Holloway 2 minutes into the opening round, and it looked like he was about to finish him, but Holloway was able to hang on just enough to fire back with a few shots, and then Poirier would fire back with some bombs, and continue to rock Holloway around the cage. They both landed a ton of solid shots, but the power difference looked like a 2 weight class difference, with Poirier bring significantly more power to everything he threw. Round one goes to Poirier.
     The second round was another solid round of back & forth action, with both guys landing a ton of solid shots, and then Poirier rocked Holloway again with a minute left in the round, it looked like he was about to finish him, as he chased Holloway around the cage while Holloway mostly just ran away. Poirier looks awesome tonight, and he has a clear 20-18 lead going into the third round.
     The third round was more of the same, with both guys landing a lot of solid shots, and then Holloway turned it up a few notches in the final 90 seconds, and started to beat up Poirier, forcing him to shoot for a bad takedown, which Holloway stuffed against the fence. The third round goes to Holloway, and Poirier has a 29-28 lead going into the Championship rounds.
     Poirier started the fourth round by shooting for a takedown, which Holloway basically stuffed again. Holloway then unloaded on Poirier with some big punches, and took a quick lead to start the round. Poirier looked like he was slowing down, but he was still moving forward and throwing powerful punches at Holloway's head. I thought Holloway was winning that round, but when I saw his face, and it looked like he had been smashed by an axe right down the center of his face, I sort of questioned who was winning at that point. I'm going to say this fight is all tied up going into the final round, but Holloway is clearly wearing significantly more damage.
     The final round was another round of solid brawling, with both guys throwing a ton of strikes, and landing with almost everything, but it's hard not to pay attention to the fact that Holloway looks like he got his ass kicked by five guys, and Poirier looks relatively unscathed. For that reason, I'm giving this fight to Poirier, 48-47, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory, and Poirier is apparently the new Interim UFC Lightweight Champion. That was a hell of a fight, it was fun to see Holloway at 155, but I think I'm ready for him to go back to 145 at this point.
TKO (Retirement)
      These guys started the first round by chipping away with some random punches, Ortega shot for a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, and Holloway quickly stood back up, basically stuffing the shot. They both landed some solid shots in that round, but Holloway looked like he was in control for the most part, so I'm assuming Holloway won the first round.
      Holloway continued to chop up the nose of Ortega in the second round, with some slick boxing, as Ortega was barely able to connect with anything, and Holloway looked like he was just toying with Ortega. Ortega was still firing some big shots, but Holloway is on another level when it comes to technical striking, and Ortega hasn't had any success at all with bringing the fight to the ground. Holloway is ahead 20-18 going into the third round.
      Ortega rocked the shit out of Holloway a minute into the third round, and then he picked him up, dumped him to the ground, almost took his back, but Holloway was able to scramble back to his feet and reset. They both did a ton of damage in the third round, basically brawling with each other, so just to keep things interesting, I'm giving that round to Ortega, and have this fight scored at 29-28 for Holloway going into the fourth round.
      Holloway came out strong in the fourth round again, and started toying with Ortega with his boxing, Ortega continued to fire back with wild bombs, but he was clearly running out of gas, and Holloway seemed like he refilled his tank between rounds. Holloway nearly finished Ortega multiple times in the fourth round, but Ortega refused to quit. That was a 10-8 round for Holloway, MAYBE even 10-7. I'll be surprised if he comes out for the final round. Ortega wasn't able to continue, as his left eye was completely swollen shut. That was an amazing fight, and a HUGE victory for Max Holloway, as he's officially cleared out the division, and continues his 13-Fight winning streak.
TKO (Punches)
      The first round was a calculated striking match. Holloway threw twice as many strikes, but they basically landed the same amount of strikes, meaning that Aldo was a lot more accurate, and I also think Aldo landed the harder shots. It was a close round, but Aldo ended with a big flurry, so I'm giving the first round to Aldo.
     The second round had Aldo blasting Holloway's lead leg with a series of brutal kicks that caused him to loose his footing a bit. They both landed a lot of big shots, but by the end of the round, Holloway looked like he was pulling ahead a bit with the activity. This fight is extremely close, so I'm going to assume it's all tied up after two rounds.
      The third round was another solid round of striking, and then shit got fucking INSANE in the final 2 minutes, where they both just opened up on each other, landing a lot of brutal punch combinations, Aldo was about to go out, so he had to shoot for a takedown, but Holloway ended up on top, he unloaded with a lot of bombs, Aldo's face exploded, blood flying everything, Holloway refused to let up, and the referee eventually had to stop the fight. Max Holloway is legit the UFC Featherweight Champion, as he finished the greatest Featherweight of all time, TWICE in a row. Both times in the third round. Max Holloway is a fucking beast, and I REALLY want to see him fight Conor McGregor at this point.
TKO (Punches)
      Nothing really happened in the first half of the opening round. Aldo unloaded with some violent strikes halfway through the round, and rocked Holloway a couple of times, but Holloway recovered quickly, and fired back. That entire round was basically just a "testing the range" round, but when the highlight reel moments happened, they were being delivered by Aldo, so I scored the first round for Jose Aldo.
      The second round was the first REAL round of the fight, as both guys came out swinging. Aldo blasted Holloway late in the round, and Holloway started taunting Aldo heavily, and then blasted him with some wild shit at the end of the round, only to get clipped again. They both landed with some heavy punches, but I thought Holloway was significantly more active in that round, so I scored the second round in favor of Holloway.
      Aldo looked like he was slowing down in the third round, as Holloway started to pick up the pace, throwing some fast combinations, while Aldo was mostly just looking to land the one big power punch. Holloway knocked down Aldo halfway through the round, and mounted him in an awkward mount, but Aldo was still scrambling around. Holloway landed a lot of punches on the ground, he nearly finished Aldo several times, he blasted him with countless bombs on the ground, he went for a rear-naked choke, but gave that up in favor of some additional punches. Aldo gave up his back again, Holloway continued to unload on him, Aldo said he was fine, but he probably took over a hundred shots to the head on the ground, so the referee finally decided to stop the fight. That was a FANTASTIC finish by Max Holloway, as he officially wins the UFC Featherweight Championship. Now you have to wonder, is Conor ever going to come back to defend HIS Featherweight title? Or are we going to go ahead and admit that Max Holloway is the #1 Featherweight in the world, which is what I've been saying for a while now.
TKO (Kick to the Body & Punches)
      The first round started with Pettis throwing a wide variety of kicks, but by the end of the round, Holloway was beating him up with punch combinations. In the final seconds of the round, Pettis shot for a takedown, and Holloway easily stuffed the shot, and caught him in a standing guillotine as the round ended. I scored that first round for Holloway. Pettis's right eye looked jacked up after his corner worked on it in between rounds.
      Holloway dropped Pettis 30 seconds into the second round. He let him stand back up, and Pettis suddenly became really aggressive. Holloway blasted Pettis with a right hand, a knee, they clinched, and then reset. Pettis threw a cartwheel kick, and fell down. Holloway continued to beat up Pettis on the feet, Pettis shot for a takedown, and Holloway stuffed it again with another front choke. They broke apart, and Holloway continued to chip away at Pettis with strikes. Pettis clinched with a minute left in the round, he pressed Holloway into the fence, he ducked down for a takedown attempt, and Holloway threw a knee at his face. Pettis tried really hard to secure that takedown in the final 30 seconds, but Holloway did a fantastic job stuffing the shot. I have Holloway ahead 2-0 going into the third round. Pettis told his corner that he broke his right hand in between rounds.
      Pettis came out throwing a lot of kicks to start the third round, Holloway blasted him with a heavy combination, and then he threw a knee at Pettis's dick, so the fight was paused. He recovered quickly, and they both came back out swinging. Holloway tripped Pettis and threw him to the ground, but he didn't bother following him to the ground, so he let him stand back up. Pettis cilnched, pressed Holloway into the fence, and Holloway hit him with some hard elbows to the jaw, so they reset. Holloway continued to pick apart Pettis on the feet, and then he tripped him again with a minute left in the round. Holloway got on top in side control for a few seconds, but he decided to let Pettis back up again. Holloway continued to blast Pettis with some heavy strikes, he dropped him with a body shot, unloaded with some punches to the head, Pettis curled up in a ball, and the referee was forced to stop the fight with only a few seconds left in the third round. I couldn't be more proud of Holloway, as this brings his winning streak up to 10 fights, as he becomes the interim UFC Featherweight Champion, and since I've had him ranked as #1 in the division for a while now, I'm pretty stoked about this moment.
      The first round had Holloway blasting Lamas with all kinds of beautiful punches from a wide variety of angles. He also landed some nice kicks, lots of side kicks, a spinning heel kick, all kinds of really nice shit. Holloway pretty much dominated Lamas that round. Lamas shot for a few takedowns, but Holloway stuffed all of them. Holloway looks sharp tonight.
     The second round was more of the same, with Lamas landing a few solid shots, but for the most part, Holloway destroyed him on the feet with his boxing, and he also slapped on a couple of violent looking guillotine chokes, and ended the round by mounting Lamas, and smashing him with a massive elbow. I have Holloway ahead AT LEAST 20-18 going into the final round, and there might even be an argument for a 10-8 round mixed in there somewhere for Holloway.
     The final round was another wild brawling round, with Lamas landing some really hard shots, but Holloway was able to pick him apart for the entire round, working his fantastic boxing, showing solid movement, and by the end of the round, he pointed at the ground and said "Let's go!" and they both threw insane bombs at each other's heads with no regard for their own safety. That was an awesome fight, and another fantastic victory for Max Holloway, who is building an insane 9-fight winning streak at this point.
      I was REALLY excited about this fight going into it, but after the first two rounds, I slowly started to lose interest. Both guys landed a few decent shots, but for the most part, it was a clinch fest, without much damage being delivered in either direction. Holloway seemed to be landing more, and Stephens seemed to be pressuring more from the clinch. I wanted Holloway to win, so I guess I scored the first two rounds for Holloway, but I wouldn't argue too much if anyone gave either round to Stephens. Max Holloway secured a takedown in the first minute of the final round, and from there he punched Stephens in the face a lot. Holloway eventually wrapped his way around onto the back of Stephens, where he went for a rear-naked choke, but after a minute or so, Stephens was able to escape and fight his way back to his feet. They threw a few strikes, and Stephens shot in for a takedown, but Holloway popped right back up. They were both swinging for the fences in the final 20 seconds. Solid fight overall, and I'm a little disappointed that Holloway didn't get the finish, but it was still a good fight, and a solid 30-27 win for Holloway on all scorecards, except one judge gave one round to Stephens.
TKO (Injury)
      Soooooo... What just happened? I was REALLY excited for this fight, but it was kind of terrible. A few decent strikes were thrown, Oliveira shot in for a takedown, he sort of got it, but let Holloway up, and then Oliveira stood up, grabbed his shoulder, and waved off the fight. Holloway then punched him in the body a couple of times, and the referee finally realized that he was ACTUALLY waving off the fight, so the fight was stopped, due to some sort of weird fluke injury. That's a really shitty way for this fight to end. I guess Holloway wins by TKO?
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
      HOLY FUCK! THIS CARD IS AWESOME! Cub Swanson is tough as nails, but Holloway is fucking outstanding! He continues the longest active winning streak in the featherweight division, even passing Conor McGregor with this win. I'm not counting the champ, Aldo, because he's only fought 4 times in the past 3 years, so his 7-Fight winning streak in the UFC doesn't impress me as much. Holloway beat the living shit out of Swanson for 13 minutes, before eventually finishing him off with one of the tighest full mount guillotine chokes I've ever seen. Holloway is 100% legit, and I hope that they start talking about him & the title in the same sentence, sometime really soon, because this dude deserves some respect. This fight was awesome, and congrats to Holloway for another HUGE win.
      This was a pretty solid fight between a couple of tough fighters at 145. Going into it, I personally have Max Holloway ranked in the Top 5 of the division, and I don't even have Miller in the Top 10, so I thought Holloway was the pretty clear favorite in this one. With that being said, Holloway won the first round (but it was close, due to Miller's ground game getting aggressive near the end of the round). Holloway beat the crap out of Miller in the second round, including a couple of headbutts (unintentional), but they opened up a pretty bad cut above the left eye of Miller. The third round was more ass kicking being delivered by Holloway. So yeah, pretty clear unanimous decision victory for Max Holloway.
KO (Punches)
      This was another good fight! Akira landed a couple of nice punches, but Holloway ended up fucking DESTROYING Akira, with a few flurries, nearly knocking out Akira, but Akira got the clinch, tried to recover, and Holloway was like "Fuck that!" so he pushed him away, and knocked him the fuck out. Max Holloway is a fucking badass!
TKO (Punches)
      I like Max Holloway a lot, and I'm not real sure why Clay Collard got this fight (he was a late replacement, 10 days notice, which explains the weird catch weight), but yeah, Max Holloway pretty much beat his ass for 3 rounds, and eventually finished him in the third round by mounting his back, flattening him out, and punching him in the side of the head until the referee stopped the fight. Max Holloway is a dangerous dude.
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
      This was a solid fight. Fili came out looking pretty crazy in the first round, throwing wild strikes, and he looked like he was ready to kick some ass. I gave the second round to Holloway, because I thought he started to make a comeback. The third round was solid, until Holloway grabbed Fili's neck, tightened the grip, and forced him to tap to the guillotine choke. Pretty solid fight overall.
TKO (Punches)
      OH SHIT! This fight was awesome. Will Chope looked good at the start of the fight, making Holloway look a little silly for the first 4 minutes of the fight or so. From that point forward, Holloway was a FUCKING MANIAC, as he destroyed Chope's face with a million punches, a hundred knees, and a broken skull. Max Holloway was fucking AWESOME in this fight, ESPECIALLY that second round, which if it would have gone the distance, might have been a 10-7 round. Max Holloway is fucking insane!
      This was a solid fight, taking one of the guys I've always had ranked fairly highly (Max Holloway), and pitting him against a relative newcomer in the UFC, Conor McGregor. McGregor's first fight in the UFC was BADASS, as he absolutely DESTROYED Marcus Brimage. This time around, it wasn't a fast finish like his debut was, but he still pretty much schooled Holloway, with a solid showing of Karate / Boxing, and when the fight went to the ground, McGregor showed some really solid control, getting full mount, and kept himself out of danger for the duration of the fight. Good win for Conor McGregor, but not nearly as exciting as his debut was. I still like the guy though, good fight!
Decision (Split)
      Wow, this has been an interesting night so far. I went into this fight wanting Bermudez to win, but to be honest, I thought Max Holloway totally dominated him in the first two rounds, using technical striking, utilizing his range, and just in general, outworking Bermudez. Bermudez clearly won the third round, by taking Holloway to the ground, and pounding him out until the end of the round, but that would still make this fight 29-28, in favor of Holloway, right? I guess the two judges that gave it to Bermudez, must have been huge wrestling fans, because Bermudez DID secure a takedown in the second round, but he wasn't able to do anything with it. Either way, this fight lived up to all of my expectations, so congratulations to Dennis Bermudez on a solid win!
Decision (Split)
      I don't see how that happened. I gave the fight to Leonard Garcia, the brawler, and so did the crowd I think. Holloway somehow snuck out with a split-decision though, so whatever. Decent fight overall, but I had no strong preference one way or the other.
TKO (Punches)
      This fight was pretty good. I gave the first round to Justin Lawrence, for out-karate-ing Holloway. He sort of reminded me a little bit of a young Lyoto Machida for most of the first round, being elusive, and landing some decent punches. Holloway on the other hand, mostly just kicked Lawrence in the balls a few times. The second round, Lawrence didn't look as aggressive, and Holloway turned it up a notch, landing a solid knee to the body, and then a couple of punches to the body, forcing Lawrence to collapse. From there, it was just a stream of steady fast punches to the head of the downed Lawrence, eventually causing the referee to stop the fight. Good show by both guys, but Holloway definitely ended up looking more impressive with the TKO victory.
      This was a pretty decent 3 round fight. Max Hollaway basically beat the shit out of Schilling for all 3 rounds, using his insane reach advantage to dominate the fight. There were a few moments where Schilling jumped in for flying kneebars and crazy shit like that, but none of it worked, because Hollaway kept walking away from the submissions. In the end, I have to give credit to Schilling for displaying an insane amount of heart, but he still ultimately got his ass kicked.
Submission (Triangle Armbar)
      That was a pretty awesome win for Dustin Poirier. The fight started with Holloway being very aggressive on the feet, throwing flying knees and shit like that. Poirier was eventually able to get the fight to the ground though, where he slowly was able to make his way into an Armbar, which Holloway tried to defend against, and Poirier transitioned that into a triangle choke, which then transitioned into a triangle Armbar, forcing Holloway to submit, and I think Holloway's arm might have been damaged by that, it looked tight. Awesome win for Poirier.