Max Holloway will headlines UFC Fight Night 74, and for a good reason.

He is coming off of his most impressive performance inside the Octagon with a dominating victory over Cub Swanson. Holloway earned a Performance of the Night bonus, and maybe even more importantly, Holloway showed that he is a ready to make a run for the belt.

However, Holloway has one person he needs to get through before he can show that he should be in the title talks: Charles Oliveira.

Oliveira is coming into the fight on a four-fight win streak and has not lost a fight since 2013. Oliveira is one of the best featherweights in the world as well, as he is currently ranked seventh, and will also be looking to show that he deserves to be in title contention.

This will be Holloway’s biggest test inside the Octagon because of all the pressure. A win over Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 74 could get him one more win away from fighting for the belt.

Oliveira will be a hard test for Holloway, but if he can come out like he did against Swanson, Holloway will be walking away with another victory. Holloway is one of the best featherweights on the planet, but some feel that the Holloway we saw against Swanson was the best Holloway we will ever see. Holloway has been progressing and showing that he has improved throughout his fights. He will need to show once again that he took a step forward in his career and pick up a victory over Oliveira.

Here are Holloway’s keys to victory at UFC Fight Night 74 against Charles Oliveira.

Avoid Submissions:

Oliveira is a brown belt in BJJ and Holloway should try anyway possible to not find out just how good of a brown belt Oliveira is. If Holloway wants to take the fight to the ground, then he should, but he needs to make sure that he is cautious of his positioning so he does not get caught in a submission.

Answer The Bell:

The last time all eyes were on Holloway was when he took on Cub Swanson, and boy did Holloway answer the bell. The fight with Swanson was huge for Holloway, but this fight is even bigger. Holloway is game for sure and he needs to show everyone that he is legitimate and answer the bell.

Work For A Finish:

Holloway has won six fights in a row and five of those six victories were by way of a finish. First of all, the judges have been a big problem in the UFC as of late and Holloway should do anything possible to avoid going to them. Second of all, Holloway needs to make a statement and show that with a finish against the #7 ranked featherweight in Oliveira, Holloway is ready for a title contender fight in the 145lb division.

 

 

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Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.