MANILA, Philippines – Filipino mixed martial arts (MMA) fans were given a delightful treat by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) as Hawaiian fighter Max Holloway hosted an open workout on Saturday, September 17 at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
Holloway is in the country from September 15 to 18 for a series of activities to hype UFC Fight Night Manila 2, which takes place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on October 15.
The organization’s second live event in the Philippines is headlined by a 5-round featherweight clash between MMA legend BJ Penn and Ricardo Lamas.
Holloway, who is presently ranked number 3 in the UFC featherweight division, owns the longest active winning streak in the promotion’s 145-pound weight class with 9-straight victories under his belt.
Lucky fan gets to workout/shadow box with Holloway with Muñoz documenting it #UFCManila pic.twitter.com/zMbWCnoo4k— Jane Bracher (@janebracher) September 17, 2016
In his 4-year UFC run, Holloway has scored impressive triumphs over the likes of Will Chope, Akira Corassani, Cole Miller, Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira, Jeremy Stephens and Lamas.
Holloway positioned himself as one of the possible options to challenge Conor McGregor for the UFC featherweight championship by outpointing Lamas last June.
The 24-year-old Hawaiian standout received a wild ovation from the crowd when he made his walk to the stage to strut his wares.
Retired Filipino-American MMA competitor Mark Muñoz served as the training partner of Holloway as both men did light grappling drills and quick pad work.
Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) shadow boxes before his media workout. #UFCManila pic.twitter.com/1U107roYda— NISSI ICASIANO (@Nissi_Icasiano) September 17, 2016
Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) was joined by Mark Muñoz (@mark_munoz) for a fun grappling showdown. #UFCManila pic.twitter.com/h2YHUts7sP— NISSI ICASIANO (@Nissi_Icasiano) September 17, 2016
Mark Muñoz (@mark_munoz) holds the kick pads for Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) #UFCManila pic.twitter.com/IsURdG0Kyg— NISSI ICASIANO (@Nissi_Icasiano) September 17, 2016
Holloway capped off his public training by demonstrating his signature foot-strike that is dubbed “The Blessed Kick.”
With Mark Muñoz (@mark_munoz) holding the kick pads, Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) shows "The Blessed Kick" #UFCManila pic.twitter.com/49MroZcb0W— NISSI ICASIANO (@Nissi_Icasiano) September 17, 2016
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