Warrior Profile: Jerome-Max Holloway
Jerome-Max Holloway (4-1-0) made his UFC debut at UFC 143 Feb. 4 at the age of 20 and is currently the youngest fighter in the UFC. Holloway’s son, Rush, was born Jan. 4 (the same day he got his UFC contract), and he and wife, Kaimana have been married since Valentine’s Day.
UFC 143 pit Holloway against Dustin Poirier on the preliminary card in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. He says the biggest thing he took away from that bout with Poirier is the realization that he needs to stay calm.
Despite his loss by submission, Holloway was grateful for the experience. “It was an unbelievable feeling,” he says. “It felt like a dream! Just crazy, can’t really put it into words.”
Holloway, who was born and raised in Waianae and a 2009 Searider grad, trains out of Gracie Technics and Jesus Salud Boxing and is making his dreams come true after turning pro a year and a half ago.
During his sophomore year at Waianae High School, Holloway’s friend Josh Keanu got him into kickboxing and he says it excelled from there.
For now, Holloway is training hard and just “waiting for the call.”