Heir Apparent: Halloway new Hawaiian Prodigy?
When BJ Penn retired, it left a huge void. The amazing mixed martial artist known as the Prodigy dominated opponents in the Octagon™, overcame all manner of obstacles and found a way to win. All, in defiance of the laid-back image of his home state, Hawaii.
Sound like anyone currently fighting?
There are a number of Hawaiian fighters in MMA, but Max Holloway, more than anyone currently fighting, fits the bill as the heir apparent to Penn’s title…
He has displayed skill, toughness, intelligence and heart in the Octagon™ and his dominant win over dangerous contender Cub Swanson proved that he deserves all the accolades he has received.
A decision loss to Conor McGregor is the only blemish on his recent record, and considering McGregor’s impressive run—yet inability to finish him—hardly a blemish at all. His only other UFC losses were to Dennis Bermudez and Dustin Poirier—both high-level fighters.
There’s no question that these two are on a collision path, barring injury, and it looks to be a career defining fight for Holloway. Perhaps mirroring the rivalry Penn had with Frankie Edgar… or Matt Hughes…
At just 23 years old, Halloway is already a scary fighter, and is only going to get better.
Is he our new Hawaiian Prodigy? He’s well on his way to earning that title.