99 motivating Max Holloway Quotes

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Jerome Max Keli’i Holloway is the full name of this talented and dedicated American mixed martial artist. He has competed in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is also a former UFC Featherweight Champion.

Moreover, on July 14, 2020, he is #9 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings and #1 in the UFC featherweight rankings. He starts kickboxing in high school. Currently, he trains out of Gracie Strength and Conditioning under Coach Darin Yap.

He is also a Hollywood actor and famous for the Den of Thieves (2018), Hawaii Five-0 (2010), and UFC on Fox (2011). And I am presenting a few of his quotes in this article, thinking that you can learn lots from this legend.

Max Holloway quote on getting better
Max Holloway quote on getting better

“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”― Max Holloway

“Life changes on a dime, so live life to the fullest.”― Max Holloway

“At the end of the day, I’m the king. I’m in my throne, you know? If you want to come see me, come see me.”― Max Holloway

“I’m a family guy, I’ve got a beautiful wife, a beautiful son, and I couldn’t be happier.”― Max Holloway

“I want to be a champion. I want to be a long-reigning featherweight champion. I want to be known in the history books: my name everywhere as a champion. And then, later on in my career, when I start getting good, then I can start doing the exhibition matches for money and stuff.”― Max Holloway

“You either grow with this sport, or you get left behind. It’s sad, but it is what it is. You gotta keep up with this sport.”― Max Holloway

“When I speak, I speak facts, and if you’re getting mad, it’s because you know it’s the truth.”― Max Holloway

“It’s what kings do. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.”― Max Holloway

“Anybody and everybody’s going to get it. I’m not racing through my division. I’m cleaning it out. So if you want two L’s, you’re going to get two L’s, and if you’re looking for one, come fight ‘Blessed.’”― Max Holloway

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“Every time I go in, me and my time, we’re 0-0, and we’re looking to become 1-0.”― Max Holloway

“These guys are playing checkers. I’m out here playing chess. When they figure it out, it’s too late.”― Max Holloway

“I ain’t asking no one to fight. I’ve got my throne. If you want it, come see me.”― Max Holloway

“If you want to be the best, you’ve got the beat the best, and the best is ‘Blessed,’ baby.”― Max Holloway

“I’ll do what I like. It’s my own life.”― Max Holloway

“I got to fight the greatest-of-all-time in my weight division – not once but twice. I was watching this guy when I was 16 years old when I first started kickboxing. I wanted to fight Aldo in a kickboxing match. A couple years later, I came to MMA and wanted to fight him. 10 years later, I got to fight the man twice.”― Max Holloway

Max Holloway is a real fighter
Max Holloway is a real fighter

“I want McGregor-Holloway 2.”― Max Holloway

“I’m working hard. I’m putting in the hard work. I’m sacrificing. I ain’t asking for no handouts. I’m going to earn everything I’m given.”― Max Holloway

“It’s a legacy thing, and when it’s all said and done, I want to leave a legacy in whatever way. If not, if it’s helping the division, if it’s fighting big names, I just want to be remembered as one of the greatest all-time to ever do this in the sport. That’s just what I want to do.”― Max Holloway

“Everyone knows who the money fight is, and everyone is begging for it. But at the end of the day, Conor’s going to fight who he wants to fight.”― Max Holloway

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“You got to keep your feet on the ground, and it is what it is.”― Max Holloway

“People keep saying Aldo deserves this, he deserves that – how the hell do you deserve something when you pulled out of all these events?”― Max Holloway

“I’m not a talker. I’m a doer.”― Max Holloway

“I’m here in the present, and I want to make sure I don’t stumble on my own feet.”― Max Holloway

“I know I’m the greatest, and like I said, I ain’t here to be average. I always wanted to stick out as a sore thumb, so that’s what I’m doing. It’s just confidence.”― Max Holloway

“I believe in my training camp. I believe in my coaches. I believe in what I do. I believe in the work I put in.”― Max Holloway

“I did an interview for MMA Hawaii when I was growing up, and I told them the guys I want to fight are Anthony Pettis and Jose Aldo.”― Max Holloway

“You’ve got to believe in your damn self and do the damn thing, so I’m a big believer in self-belief, man, and going out there and working hard and sacrificing.”― Max Holloway

“Don’t be scared to look for help. Depression is real… It’s crazy, and all these guys, us athletes, that keep thinking we’re superheroes. I like to think I’m a superhero, but superheroes got to fight their demons, too, sometimes.”― Max Holloway

“Depression is real, and that really hit me hard. I was going through a phase where I wasn’t talking to no one. Only my son. Me and my son would do stuff, but I was talking to no one.”― Max Holloway

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“Before Mendes got suspended, I’ve been calling out Chad Mendes.”― Max Holloway

“I don’t take that away from Conor, that he beat Chad Mendes on short notice. Chad took that fight knowing he had a chance to beat Conor, so that’s Chad’s fault he took that fight.”― Max Holloway

“I grew up in front of everyone’s eyes in the UFC.”― Max Holloway

“When I was finishing guys, the media was on me like crazy.”― Max Holloway

“I’m a true believer in, people only remember you for your last fight.”― Max Holloway

“The UFC has a mind of its own. Whatever they want to do, I’m down for.”― Max Holloway

“That’s all I ask the UFC to do: keep me active.”― Max Holloway

“I’m not going to change me just for some extra money.”― Max Holloway

“I think the UFC does a pretty good job of backing me.”― Max Holloway

“If I want to fight for a 155-pound title – if I hold the 145-pound title – give me the fight.”― Max Holloway

“People always say, ‘I want to be the best fighter in the world.’ That’s why I respect Conor. He said he wants to be the best fighter in the world, and he’s trying to prove it.”― Max Holloway

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“Too many cry babies in this game.”― Max Holloway

“I don’t want money fights. I want to get paid, and like I said, I want to defend my throne.”― Max Holloway

“I’m not racing through my division – I’m cleaning it out.”― Max Holloway

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: If I didn’t fight you, get ready. Get ready, because I’m coming.”― Max Holloway

“Everybody can get it. I’m here; I want to fight everyone.”― Max Holloway

Max Holloway with his happy family
Max Holloway with his happy family

“It’s hard to go out there and protect something that you earned.”― Max Holloway

“It’s super easy to do what Conor does. He earned something. Then, he looks over the fence – he looks for something new – and it’s very easy to be motivated for something new.”― Max Holloway

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“I understand; I can see it from two ways: people trying to get that money and leave the game early and people trying to set history or whatever.”― Max Holloway

“No success, no nothing, no belt, no person can change the way I act, the way I feel.”― Max Holloway

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“I’m a human just like anyone else, and I understand that, so at the end of the day, you’ve got to stay humble.”― Max Holloway

“I state facts all the time.”― Max Holloway

“I’m not going to get mad over something that I have no control over.”― Max Holloway

“I’m just asking for a fair shake. You see a lot of these guys, a lot of these other champions making what they’re making. I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but I feel like I’m one of the more exciting fighters under contract in the UFC.”― Max Holloway

“If you want to fight the best, you come fight Blessed.”― Max Holloway

“I don’t believe in guys waiting for title shots.”― Max Holloway

“I want to defend my throne. All my fans know. They love me. I want to defend this; I want to be a champ and keep defending. Come try to take over my village.”― Max Holloway

“I ain’t going to chase someone around. I ain’t going to talk about someone that ain’t talking about me.”― Max Holloway

“Everyone wants drama. Everyone is living for drama.”― Max Holloway

“The way I look at it, if you’re the best in the world, you fight the best in the world anywhere, anytime.”― Max Holloway

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“The belt is great. You know what comes with the belt? Bigger paydays, pay-per-views, and a lot of stuff.”― Max Holloway

“When a bully pulls your hair, you punch him in the face.”― Max Holloway

“It took me 10 fights to get the damn interim title shot and then 11 to get an undisputed shot.”― Max Holloway

“I gotta respect our sport, my division, and the guys that are fighting in it. That’s what I gotta do.”― Max Holloway

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“Who in their right mind goes into a fight they think they’re going to lose?”― Max Holloway

“You test yourself. That’s what real fighters do.”― Max Holloway

“I ain’t trying to run away from no danger. If it’s supposed to be dangerous for me, then I’m going to go and take a peek. I want to go and look and see what’s so dangerous about it.”― Max Holloway

“This is what champions do: champions defend. They always say you’re not a champion until you defend your title.”― Max Holloway

“If I medically can’t make the weight, then I’m not going to force my body to do something that it doesn’t want to. I’ll gladly go up to ’55.”― Max Holloway

“Us Hawaiians – I’m Hawaiian-Samoan. I love to eat. I want to go for four titles: 155, 170, 185; they all can get it.”― Max Holloway


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“I might even be at heavyweight one day; I don’t know. You guys know our eating habits is bad down in Hawaii, so your boy might get big, and we might make history.”― Max Holloway

“I’m a fighter. I go in the ring and do one thing.”― Max Holloway

“I want the undisputed career. I want the best damn career. I want to be the best guy ever to do this.”― Max Holloway

“I tell myself, ‘I’m the greatest, and this is what you need to do.’”― Max Holloway

“I just want to be dominant.”― Max Holloway

“The obvious thing is I would love to fight Conor McGregor. We’ve got some history there, and he won, and people saying he didn’t knock me out because of an injury he had. I was injured in the fight, too, so let’s test that theory. I want to test that theory.”― Max Holloway

“All I have to do is keeping on focusing on what Max Holloway does, and that’s winning – and winning fashionably.”― Max Holloway

“I believe I’m the best guy in the world.”― Max Holloway

“If you’re not confident in this sport, you’re not going to get very, very far.”― Max Holloway

“They should just put ‘two’ beside everybody’s name, you know? Because there’s only No. 1 guy out there, and that’s the champion.”― Max Holloway

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“I’m trying to lead the pack. I’m trying to sprint.”― Max Holloway

“MMA is forever evolving.”― Max Holloway

Conor McGregor set this bar, and I’m trying to break it. If you’re not trying to break it, then why are you in the game?”― Max Holloway

“I’m not trying to be this guy just chugging along. I want to lead the pack.”― Max Holloway

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“When I start running my mouth, I start running facts. I start giving guys numbers. I start giving guys ideas of where I come from and where I work.”― Max Holloway

“Too many guys are over here begging for people and trying to chase people to fight, this and that, begging for money fights. You become your own damn money fight.”― Max Holloway

Max Holloway respect the national flag as well
Max Holloway respect the national flag as well

“People get some success, they get some money, they get some power, and they put themselves on this pedestal above other people. They forget people and try to fit in with their new crews they think they need to be around with. I didn’t believe that. I’m still human being.”― Max Holloway

“My coaches deserve a lot of respect.”― Max Holloway

“A nutritionist is expensive, but it’s money well spent.”― Max Holloway

“I always eat before I go into a training session.”― Max Holloway

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“I love food. I love eating. I love it a lot, man.”― Max Holloway

“There’s ways to get the right nutrients and eat the food you want and have it taste great.”― Max Holloway

“Aldo is a hell of a champion.”― Max Holloway

“I never turned down a fight in my life.”― Max Holloway

“Pulling out of a fight is just like not taking a fight.”― Max Holloway

“Numbers don’t lie. Women lie, men lie, but numbers don’t lie.”― Max Holloway

“I don’t cry about anything.”― Max Holloway

“I just love striking.”― Max Holloway

“I want to have my 11 or 12, 13, 14 belt picture. I want to be lying down just covered in them. I want a lot of them. I want my closets to be filled with UFC belts.”― Max Holloway

“You want to be a part of the big card. You want to be part of history.”― Max Holloway


Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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