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MMA SQUARED: Ups and downs of 2019 - A Max Holloway gallery

The featherweight champ looked mortal for the first time in years against Dustin Poirier. Against Frankie Edgar at UFC 240, it was like water off a duck’s back.

Chris Rini, MMA Squared, Max Holloway, UFC 240, Dustin Poirier, Frankie Edgar Chris Rini

What can I say? Max Holloway tried to do something amazing and ran into peak Dustin Poirier. Seeing him stagger backwards across the octagon in the first round of their title fight left me stunned.

Chris Rini, MMA Squared, Max Holloway, UFC 240, Dustin Poirier, Frankie Edgar Chris Rini

To come back and put in on Frankie Edgar like it was no big thing... that is something special. I sat down to rewatch the fight and no single image could capture the feeling. Instead I put together this 16 image storyboard of their fight. As many of you know, I am writing and illustrating a book about MMA. It’s an anothology called The Year In Fighting: 2019, and these are some of the images you’ll find there.

Chris Rini, MMA Squared, The Year in Fighting: 2019
I can’t wait to color this bad boy.
Chris Rini

I have a “pay what you want” Patreon page that regularly updates the book’s progress.

Take care of yourself and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

Chris