Andre Fili was first to find a comfortable striking distance and he established his jab early on. The jab kept popping Holloway square on the nose, which caused Holloway’s eyes to water up and it likely impaired his vision. You could see Max wiping his eyes throughout the first round. Fili outstruck Holloway in the first round, but Holloway started to come back in the second.
The pace of the fight changed completely after Holloway landed a spinning back kick at the start of round two. From that point on, the gas tank of Fili slowly depleted and it was Holloway who was landing constant significant strikes. Still, Fili landed his jabs and a couple takedowns to even the round out.
Holloway and Fili were having an even round three but you could start to see Fili fading in the middle of the round. Holloway had Fili trapped with his back against the fence and started tagging him with shots. Fili was wobbly, Holloway locked in a guillotine and slammed him to the ground where he could really crank it. Fili tapped out and the referee called a stop to the fight with just over a minute left to go.
Max Holloway is now on a two fight winning streak.
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