Max Holloway wins epic battle and takes 'BMF' belt from Justin Gaethje with terrifying knockout at UFC 300

Hawaiian accepts open fight and brutalizes title holder in the last second of the confrontation valid for symbolic title

Max Holloway strike Justin gaethje No. UFC 300. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Simply overwhelming. In the confrontation that defined the 'Biggest Thickness in MMA', Max Holloway got the better of it, and won the 'BMF' belt. Featured in UFC 300, held this Saturday (13), in Las Vegas (USA), the Hawaiian took on the challenge of moving up to lightweight (up to 70,3kg.) and staged an epic battle against Justin gaethje. After almost five rounds of aggression, the athlete shocked by putting an end to his opponent with a terrifying knockout in the last second of the fight.

The victory confirms the new holder of the symbolic title. After the conquest, Max challenged Ilia Topuria, featherweight champion (up to 65,7kg.) who was present in the audience.

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Hardly beaten on the show, Gaethje showed resistance, but succumbed to his opponent's strategy. The setback postpones the North American's dream of competing for the lightweight belt, today, in possession of Islam makhachev.

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The fight began with Holloway taking the initiative with a kick to Gaethje's waist. Max bet on long-range attacks and avoided the 'bombs' thrown by his opponent. With just over a minute left, Justin knocked his rival off balance with a low kick, but Holloway quickly got up. Halfway through the stage, the athletes exchanged crosses in the center of the Octagon. With each attack launched, the audience at the 'T-Mobile Arena' cheered. In his best style, Max bet on the volume of blows, above the forcefulness. Justin tried to impose a knockout with a single blow. In the final minute, the fight was 'back and forth', with both men taking risks in the center of the octagon. Almost at the end of the stage, Holloway threw a spinning kick, which injured his rival's nose, but there was no more time.

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In the second round, Gaethje returned to the fight with a profuse nose bleed. The champion was uncomfortable with the injury, but continued in the fight. Holloway tried to take advantage of the advantage and scored with jabs, straight shots and low kicks. Halfway through the stage, the fighters exchanged long-range attacks and avoided direct confrontation. The referee stopped the fight on two occasions, after Holloway fingered the 'BMF' champion in the eye. In the final seconds, Justin knocked the Hawaiian off balance with a low kick, but Holloway didn't fall.

The third round began with Max following the strategy to the letter, betting on ranged attacks. After a minute, Gaethje launched a direct shot, which exploded in the Hawaiian's guard. Justin started to loosen up in the fight and attacked his opponent with punches and kicks to the body. Max responded with a straight shot, which shook the 'BMF' champion. Gaethje attacked, but was scared with a counterattack. Towards the final minute, the challenge was tense between the athletes.

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In the fourth round, Gaethje started throwing combinations of jabs and straight shots. Holloway didn't get flustered and continued to keep a safe distance. With two minutes gone, Max shook Justin with a series of strikes. The 'BMF' champion was swayed by the actions of the Hawaiian, who controlled the actions. After the scare, Justin seemed to have recovered and tried to corner his opponent close to the bars. Holloway continued to show high fight IQ and didn't fall into his opponent's traps. Near the final minute, Holloway lost his balance with a straight shot from Gaethje, but quickly got up. The confrontation became tense again with Justin's recovery. The stage ended with the athletes exchanging attacks in the center of the Octagon.

The last round was marked by balance in the first minute. What Justin said, Max didn't leave unanswered. With almost two minutes gone, Holloway rocked Gaethje with a combination of crosses. Justin accused the attacks and was cowering close to the bars. The moment belonged to the Hawaiian, who acted intelligently and gave no chance for a possible comeback. In the final minute, Holloway was in good shape and controlled the actions. In the final seconds, the challenge was fought again in the center of the Octagon. In the final seconds, Holloway 'called Justin into the fight' and obliterated his opponent with a clean cross to the chin, leading his opponent to a knockout.

UFC 300 results

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Light heavyweight (up to 93 kg): Alex Poatán derrotou Jamahal hill by knockout at 3m14s of R1 – fight for the belt

Straw weight (up to 52,1 kg): Weili Zhang derrotou yan xiaonan in the unanimous decision of the judges (49-45, 49-45, 49-45) – fight for the belt

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Max Holloway derrotou Justin gaethje by knockout at 4m59s of R5- fight for the BMF belt

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Arman Tsarukyan derrotou Charles of the Bronx in the judges' split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Average weight (up to 83,9kg): BoNickal finished Cody Brundage with a rear naked choke at 3m38s of R2

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Light heavyweight (up to 93 kg): Jiri Prochazka derrotou Aleksandr Rakic by technical knockout at 3m17s of R2

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): aljamain sterling derrotou Calvin kattar in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Bantam weight (up to 61,2 kg): Kayla harrison finished Holly holm with a rear naked choke at 1m47s of R2

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): Diego lopes derrotou Sodiq Yusuf by technical knockout at 1m29s of R1

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg) Renato Moicano derrotou jalin turner by technical knockout at 4m11s of R2

Straw weight (up to 52,1 kg): Jessica Stacker derrotou Marina Rodriguez in the judges' split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Bobby Green derrotou Jim Miller in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-25, 29-26)

Bantam weight (up to 61,2 kg): Deiveson Figueiredo finished cody garbrandt with a rear naked choke at 4m02s of R2

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