‘I haven’t been sparring, I kind of took that out’ – Max Holloway reveals that he has stopped sparring

Max Holloway headlines the first UFC event of 2021, as he takes on Calvin Kattar.

Max Holloway

Max Holloway will soon be headlining the first event of 2021 for the UFC. He takes on number 6 ranked UFC Featherweight Calvin Kattar in the main event of UFC on ABC, on the 16th of January. ‘Blessed‘ is currently ranked number one in the featherweight rankings, and would be looking forward to striking gold in the division.

Sparring is an integral part of any combat sports’ training session. Speaking about this to South China Morning Post, in an interview, Max Holloway revealed he had stopped sparring. He referred to ‘saving the brain cells for old time’s sake.

I believe I had enough full contact sparring‘ – Max Holloway

Max Holloway was quoted as saying, “I haven’t been sparring, I kind of took that out. I believe I had enough full contact sparring. We’ll move and stuff but it’s not like sparring. Save the brain cells for old time’s sake. When you see the professional teams, the NFL teams, these guys don’t (wear) full pads and don’t go hitting already. They did enough of that. They go out there, they do the gameplan and they practice their skills. That’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been practicing my skills a bunch and I can’t wait to show you guys.”

Max Holloway (21-6) has never been knocked out in his entire career. However, he is stuck in a rough patch of late, after back to back losses against current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. He will be looking forward to getting out of it, come Saturday. Calvin Kattar (22-4), on the other hand, has not been knocked out in his career as well. He is riding a two match win streak, with his last win coming against Dan Ige.

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