On Sunday night, Max Holloway pulled off the third first round victory of his mixed martial arts career against Charles Oliveira, but it wasn't under the circumstances that anyone would like to see. The fight between two gifted fighters had all the makings of a great fight, but it was unfortunately called to a halt early on due to a freak injury to the Brazilian.
Official result: Max Holloway defeats Charles Oliveira by TKO (injury) R1 1:39
What was the high point of the fight?
When a fight ends like this there is no high point. There was an air of anticipation surrounding this fight but unfortunately we never got to see these combatants fight to their fullest abilities. Both Holloway and Oliveira looked comfortable on the feet in early exchanges, as was to be expected, but things took a turn for the worse when Oliveira initiated the takedown and partially tore his esophagus in the process, an injury that he apparently initially suffered in the build up to this bout.
Where do these two go from here?
Max Holloway is for real. While I would love to see a rematch of this one, it appears that Oliveira will be out for an extended period. Following last night's fight, former UFC champion, Frankie Edgar announced that he would like to fight either, Jeremy Stephens or Max Holloway in December. A match with Frankie Edgar is just the test that Holloway needs. Expect the UFC to put that fight together as the main event of the TUF finale on December 11th.
When Charles Oliveira exploded on to the scene in 2010 against Darren Elkins it was immediately apparent that he was going to be something special. Over the last 5 years Oliveira has made a name for himself as one of the most ruthless finishers in the 145lb division, but he has struggled to truly penetrate the divisions upper echelons. Next time out I would like to see Oliveira face fellow fan favorite, Dennis Bermudez.
Watch now, later, or never?
Never, not a lot to see in this one.