M A X “BLESSED” HOLLOWAY
23-year-old, 2009 Wai’anae High School graduate Jerome “Max” Holloway is a man on a mission. He’s a husband, father and son. He’s doing his best to provide for his family and be a positive role model as a MMA UFC fighter. Max “Blessed” Holloway has wowed fans in Hawaii, the nation and the world. If you watch any of his youtube videos, you’ll see that he is intense, aggressive, and blessed. Max is a warrior in the cage, and wears his UFC belt with pride, but what ’s more rewarding to Max is winning young souls for Christ. “Jesus Christ, my grandma Cynthia Kapoi, mom Missy Kapoi and wife Kaimana Holloway have molded me into the man you know,” says Max.
Ma x didn’ t grow up dreaming abou t becoming an MM A fighter. “I star ted training because one of my best friends – Josh Keanu – told me I should train with him. I slept over his house one night and his trainer was there too. Colin Mackenzie watched me hit the speed bag and said I should come to training. So I did and the rest is histor y,” says Max. Now that Max is a contracted UFC fighter making a name for himself, he realizes that it comes with responsibilit y. Being from Wai’anae, a town that is of ten looked down upon, he especially feels a responsibilit y to share with young men what he feels is an impor tant message. “Max says “a real man is one who does whatever he has to, to take care of his family, not what he can, but what he has too.” Here’s some advice from Max, a humble young man, “the world doesn’t owe us any thing. It isn’t about what the world will give to us, it ’s about what we can give to the world. If we understand that, we can make positive changes in our world.”
Max is proud to be from Wai’anae. Max explains, “The greatest thing about Wai’anae has to be the streng th of our communit y. People outside of Wai’anae think it ’s a bad place, but if any one of them got to know the people, they would find out that we care deeply for each other, even strangers. I think that ’s one of the things that has helped me to get where I am today. It ’s not always expected that we’ll do great things, but when we push through adversit y, there’s nothing sweeter than showing people we can. The one thing about Wai’anae that I pray changes, is the rampant drug abuse. I have seen many families destroyed by drug abuse.”
Max is living a dream: earning an honest living ; taking care of his family; doing what he loves. Max shares, “the road was not always easy in fact it was difficult. But, that ’s what life is–a bunch of ups and downs. Whatever you do, when you hit rock bot tom, you can’t give up. We define ourselves when we hit our lowest point and bounce back up.”
Max Holloway has been a professional since 2010. He’s fought all over the world in places like Las Vegas, Stockholm, Sweden, Singapore, Baltimore, Mar yland and Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s fought opponents of ever y caliber. When asked if he ever gets scared, Max shared this, “Of course! But, the way I look at it, it comes with the job and will happen sooner or later. Why walk around with an umbrella waiting for the rain? When the time comes, I’ll deal with it. All I can do is train right, fight smar t and pray for the best. I’d rather remember the highlights,” says Max, “like when I got my first professional submission. I tapped my opponent out with a move that his gym was known for. And, all fight week, I was as sick as a dog. I overcame adversit y in that fight!” “The day I’ll never forget is the day I got my professional contract. I received it at 12, and my son, Rush, took his first breath of life at 3. I am a blessed man.”
Max Holloway is definitely a man on a mission. You can expect much more from Max Holloway. You can find Max’s stats at http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Max–Holloway. You can also find his career highlights in videos on youtube–made by Max’s fans.