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Justin Gaethje aims to become first to knock out Max Holloway at UFC 300

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Justin Gaethje aspires to conclude Max Holloway’s contest in an unprecedented manner, seeking an outcome distinct from any Holloway has faced before.

Gaethje (25-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC), the defender of the BMF title, is set to face off against the former featherweight champion, Holloway (25-7 MMA, 21-7 UFC), on April 13 at UFC 300 in the vibrant city of Las Vegas.

Remarkably, a striking 80% of Gaethje’s triumphs have materialized through knockout victories, and he fervently aims to add another to his record against the resilient Holloway. Yet, the challenge looms large, as Holloway has yet to experience the sting of a knockout blow, a fact not lost on “The Highlight.”

Gaethje shared his perspective with ESPN, stating, “I boast 25 victories with an impressive 20 knockouts. It’s a source of pride for me, a deliberate pursuit throughout my career. This is what I’m aiming for in the upcoming clash with Holloway. Similar sentiments were echoed in my confrontation with Tony Ferguson. He had never succumbed to defeat in the past. While I may not have rendered a traditional knockout, the damage inflicted warranted a rightful intervention to halt the bout.”

Expressing his preference, Gaethje emphatically conveyed, “I’d rather not find myself in that position against Holloway, I assure you. This encounter might evolve into a grueling war, a test of endurance. If I cannot locate him, if I fail to inflict harm, he persists unyielding. His ability to craft angles and apply relentless pressure poses a formidable challenge. Without early success in discerning his rhythm, the dynamics of the fight could shift dramatically.”

Gaethje secured the BMF title by delivering a decisive head kick that led to the knockout of Dustin Poirier at UFC 291 in July. Notably, Holloway ventures into the 155-pound division for only the second time in his UFC tenure, following a Fight of the Night spectacle against Poirier in April 2019 for the interim title. Holloway arrives on the heels of consecutive victories over Arnold Allen and Chan Sung Jung.

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