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Max Holloway defeated Pat Schilling by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Max Holloway turned in an excellent performance in his featherweight bout with Pat Schilling, dominating the striking on the feet and not getting baited into a ground battle with the grappler. He won a unanimous decision with three 30-27 scores. The Hawaiian worked the body to perfection, depleting Schilling's tank quickly and basically taking him out of the fight. Schilling showed a lot of heart, but it wasn't enough in the end.
Schilling moved in and scooped Hollaway off the ground, but couldn't get him to the mat to start the bout. He persevered and got it, but Hollaway got away immediately. Holloway landed a solid kick to the body. Shilling tried to roll into a kneebar but Holloway was having none of it. Schilling landed a nice spinning backfist and chased Holloway all over the cage. Holloway came back with a couple of nice combinations and body work. Holloway backed Schilling against the cage and dug to the body again, which definitely slowed Schilling down a bit. Holloway fought off a kneebar to end the round.
Holloway looked for a spinning attack early and was wrapped up by Schilling, but again Schilling couldn't get it to the floor. Holloway hurt Schilling against the cage with a straight right. Schilling went to the ground, but Holloway let him up. Holloway was all over him against the cage but Schilling circled away. Pat went for a weak and unsuccessful takedown. Holloway dug landed a few shots to the body and Schilling was just about done. He continued to look for a takedown and flopped to his back. Schilling responded with a nice spinning backfist, but was very tired. Holloway dropped him against the fence, but couldn't finish before the end of the round.
Schilling apparently hurt his shoulder in the second round. Schilling landed a nice shot to start the final round. Holloway continued to control the standup, backing Schilling up continually. Holloway worked his jab a lot more late which was very effective. He briefly dropped Schilling but again backed off so he didn't have to tangle with him on the ground. Schilling's nose was busted wide open. Holloway tried some flashy stuff off the cage to get the finish late, but Schilling persevered to the bell.