Young, fierce and dynamic, UFC featherweight Max Holloway continues to improve and evolve every time he steps into the UFC Octagon. On Sunday night, at UFC fight Night 74, Holloway took the cage in his first ever main event against a fellow young phenom in Charles Oliveira. This fight was going to catapult the winner in the title conversation. But after suffering a freak injury early (esophagus tear) in the bout, Oliveira was rendered unable to continue and Holloway was awarded the victory via TKO.

Regardless of how the win came, Holloway has now won seven in a row in the UFC featherweight division with five of those wins coming by way of stoppage. At just 23 years old and already a veteran of 13 UFC fights, Holloway’s progression from fight to fight has been impressive to say the least.

The real scary thing about Holloway’s development is the fact that he is still several years away from reaching his physical prime. As his body continues to mature, Holloway’s physical power will further develop; making him an even more dangerous striker.

Simply put, the sky’s the limit for Holloway.

While Holloway’s potential is unquestionably bright, the young fighter still has work to do before he is ready to contend for the UFC featherweight title.

Even though his takedown defense has improved, Holloway needs to focus on his wrestling game. His loss to Dennis Bermudez at UFC 160 showed the holes in his wrestling game. Just imagine what would happen against Frankie Edgar or Chad Mendes; Holloway would get exposed.

As long as the fight is on the feet, Holloway can contend with anyone, but the physicality of wrestling is where he needs to focus his attention. To get a title shot, Holloway is going to have to face another wrestler, and if his wrestling isn’t up to snuff, his impressive win streak will have all been for not.

Since that Bermudez fight, we have seen improvements in Holloway’s takedown defense, but it’s still not where it needs to be. If Holloway can continue to improve and become at least a proficient wrestler, then the rest of the featherweight division should be terrified.

Holloway’s evolution through the first four years of his UFC career has been utterly impressive. Just imagine how good he is going to be four years from now; when he will still be just 27 years old.

The fighters at the top of the UFC featherweight division better enjoy their time now because in a couple of years the division will belong to Holloway.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.