Photo of Max Holloway by Esther Lin/MMA Fighting.
The main card of the UFC 150: "Henderson vs. Edgar 2" pay-per-view tonight (Sat., Aug. 11, 2012) from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, kicked off with a featherweight fracas pitting Justin Lawrence vs. Max Holloway.
The general theme from the promotion is this was a match-up of two "rising young guns," seeing as Lawrence is just 22-years-old and came in sporting a 4-0 career record. Holloway is even younger at just 20-years-old and he came in with just six fights under his belt. Something had to give.
As it turns out, that was Lawrence's liver.
Indeed, Holloway found his most success going to the body, landing a hard knee in the second frame that set up a strong liver punch that put Lawrence on the floor. The follow up assault was enough to earn the stoppage and give Holloway his second win in a row.
Mr. Flashy Kicks came out throwing them, opening with a spinning side kick. Then a front kick. Holloway respected the game and made sure to back out of the way but stayed in tight, keeping the center of the cage.
Lawrence kept right on rocking with his offense, consisting mostly of murderous punches and kicks while pushing forward with reckless abandon. When Max came in, he caught Lawrence flush with a nut shot that halted the action briefly but it resumed at the same pace as before.
The round ended with another errant smack to the groin and after one, it looked like the underdog was in control.
That theme continued throughout much of round two, though Holloway started having more success as he settled in. He also started going strong to the body and a liver shot put Lawrence on the ground long enough for Holloway to blitz him with punches to get the finish.
Two in a row for the 20-year-old. Not too shabby.
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