Max Holloway finished Akira Corassani in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night Stockholm yesterday in pretty brutal fashion. The finish was considered by many to be a late stoppage on the referee’s part, something Holloway agreed with.
He spoke to media members following the win at the post-fight press conference saying:
“I was like, ‘What is going on?’ I was thinking, ‘Stop this fight, already.’ But the refs tell us don’t stop until they touch us.”
“This is a rough sport, so you’ve got to keep going. I’m just happy I got the finish.”
“He was a little faster than I thought he would be, and he caught me with some overhands, but nothing that really hurt me,” Holloway said. “It was frustrating. I was honoring his takedown too much. I thought that he was going to try to take me down early and fast and hold me there, but he wanted to stand and kept standing. The fight ended the way it ended.”
“The second time, I dropped him, and I punched him like three times. Normally it’s like three times and they don’t defend and it’s over, and they let me go like seven times. I was kind of feeling bad after, and I was tripping out because it was going longer than it had to. But it is what it is.”
“They tell us don’t stop until they stop it because you never know. Akira could have got back up, and I could have finished it there, or we could have went to a three-round war. It is what it is at the end of the day.”