Local boy and ATH fighter Max Holloway will be stepping into the cage against Clay Collard at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs Dos Anjos on August 23rd in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Fox Sports 1. The 13-4 professional MMA fighter, Clay Collard, fills in for an injured Mirsad Bektic as a late replacement. That hasn't changed Max's outlook on the fight, "I'm just going in there and I will come out the winner."
Mike Straka wrote a featured article for UFC talking about Max's upbringing and what motivates him to push the limit and be the best he can possibly be:
"That’s the thing that drives me, where I'm from,” says Holloway. “We are not supposed to be successful people. And that pushed me because I want people, when they think of Waianae, they think of me, and that good guys can come out of here and be successful. It's crazy when people come to Hawaii, they see the finer things and all this fun stuff; there's bad here and there's good here, but there's always hidden secrets no matter where you go." Max was raised by his grandparents. His mother was in and out of drug addiction, and his father had long ago abandoned his son. He credits his grandparents for teaching him how to be a part of a family, something he cherishes now that he has a two-and-a-half-year-old son of his own.
“I want the best life I can possibly give to him,” says Holloway. “I had a great life thanks to my grandma and grandpa, and I want to give my son the world. Every day when I am training and when I don't want to do something I think of him, and that's where I get my motivation from. I want him to go to college and be a doctor; I want him to stay as far away from fighting as possible. There are two things you can do when you look at your parents. You can fall into their bad habits or you can be the total opposite. I chose to be the total opposite. My father wasn't around and my mother had drug problems, but I forgive her for her past. I look at my son and I'm just going to support whatever his dreams are. If he wanted to be the best pianist ever I'm going to give him the best advice he can have, and show him what a father is, so when he has a family, he knows what to do and how to take care of them."
Read more on Max Holloway in the full article on UFC.com: http://www.ufc.com/news/Max-Holloway-A-Diamond-in-Paradise