It’s been a minute since we last saw Max Holloway inside the UFC cage. The 31-year-old former champion hasn’t competed since his third title fight with reigning champion Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 276 last July.
Holloway is now set for his Octagon return after nearly a full year, and it will be a main event bout with serious title implications. According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, the UFC is about to finalize a bout between the Waianae native and top contender Arnold Allen for April 15th.
The return of Blessed. And a big one for Arnold Allen. Per sources, UFC is finalizing Holloway vs. Allen to headline a Fight Night on April 15. pic.twitter.com/OBI7wj72Nm— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 31, 2023
Allen, 29, hasn’t lost since 2014 and is currently at number four in the UFC’s featherweight rankings. With a record of 18-1 and an impressive 10-0 run in the UFC, his last two wins came against fellow top ten contender Calvin Kattar and Dan Hooker. He was slated for a homecoming fight in London in March, but a rib injury forced him out of the contest.
As for Holloway (23-7), he has gone 2-3 in his last five fights. All of those losses came at the hands of the pound-for-pound king in Volkanovski.