Waianae’s Max Holloway on UFC 199: ‘We’ve got little secrets up our sleeves’

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Waianae native Max Holloway (15-3) is in the midst of training camp at Tactical Strength & Conditioning in preparation for UFC 199, where he’ll face fellow featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas (16-4) on June 4 in Los Angeles.

The former Searider will compete in his first fight this year after going on a momentous eight-fight win streak. Holloway recorded his last loss against Conor McGregor in August 2013. Hollaway’s biggest victory to date was in a win by submission against Cub Swanson at UFC on FOX 15 last year. The 24-year-old earned his most recent victory against Jeremy Stephens at UFC 194 in December 2015.

Holloway is ranked fourth in the featherweight division and shows his versatility with experience as a kickboxer. He’s one of few UFC contenders without a black belt, but holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Holloway said he wants to use his edge to get to the top of the sport and leave a legacy behind one day.

“I say this all the time, if you’re not going with the sport, you’re getting left behind and it’s going to be a bad night for you,” said Holloway. “I want to show I’m a true mixed martial artist, a MMA fighter. A lot of people put me out as a striker. I love to strike. My first love was kickboxing. I want to be the best guy at it. I want to be number-one pound-for-pound best in the world one day. I want to be remembered in this sport as a legend.”

Lamas’ last fight was in November against Diego Sanchez where he unanimously won in the TUF Latin America 2 Finale. He also lost in a first-round TKO to Chad Mendes last April. Lamas’ fight against Holloway will also be his first of 2016.

“I can’t wait to go out there with Ricardo Lamas, and show the world what we been working on,” said Holloway. “We got little secrets up our sleeves for this one, so you know, June 4, don’t forget to tune in. Buy that Pay-Per-View and watch your Hawaii boy do work.”

UFC 199 will be headlined by a middleweight-title fight between Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping. In the co-main event, Dominick Cruz will face rival Urijah Faber in a trilogy bout for the organization’s bantamweight title.

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