Wearing his basic fight wear of black t-shirt and shorts, the 24-year-old fighter from Hawaii gamely shared his training tips as well as some inspiring advice on achieving a fit lifestyle.
Contrary to what some fans may think, Holloway’s tips are simple and sensible, and not extreme. Here are what he shared:
1. Be good to your body.
“Treat your body the way you want your body to perform,” said Holloway. Getting well isn’t just about doing intense workouts but also striking a balance between exercising and taking a rest when the body needs it as well.
2. Have a cheat day.
“My diet in fight camp is very strict. I have a cheat day. I eat a little bit here and there but I try to be strict. As they say, if you have a Lamborghini, you don’t put unleaded gas on it. Put what it is supposed to be drinking.”
3. Don’t diet.
“One tip is to portion size. People try to jump on it but they start falling back. You got to slow it down. Maybe eat a little less junk food and drink a gallon (of water) every day; and then from there, when you are into eating less, then you can put eating more healthy stuff. Work slow. People try to dive in, and start coming back at the shallows. Don’t dive in. Go slow; move slow for it. Don’t quit cold turkey.”
4. Practice jiu jitsu if you want to lose weight.
“You’ll actually learn a different lifestyle. There’s a jiu jitsu lifestyle way which is pretty cool and pretty healthy, too…I see people losing about 40 pounds in six months. They (also) train their eating habits outside jiu jitsu for sure.”
5. Don’t quit, keep going.
“You have those days when it is hard and tough, and I wish I could just stay home and do whatever. But that is also the day that you find out if you are made for fighting or not. Even if I hate it, I love those days, too. I’ll go for this shot so I’ll keep pushing through.
“I came too far not to quit now. I worked too damn hard to think about quitting. Quitting are for losers and I’m not a loser.”
6. Be good at one thing.
For aspiring UFC fighters, Holloway said, “The advice I want to give to those who want to do UFC or MMA (mixed martial arts) is get a foundation. When someone builds a house or someone builds a building, they put a strong foundation and built off from it. Don’t be a guy trying to be great at everything. Be badass at one thing then be great at everything else. Choose one.”
Holloway proved that he’s not just a fighter but also a champ with a heart. Sharing his future plans, he said he plans to “give back” someday. Considered as one of the top fighters in the featherweight division, Holloway noted that he is still aiming for the belt on his waist, and eventually “retire happy, young, travel the world, and create a foundation that can help some people.”
Definitely, he’s not just nicknamed “Blessed” for nothing.
“UFC Fight Night Manila” is on October 15 at SM Mall of Asia Arena. Watch Holloway along with other UFC Hall of Famers like BJ Penn and Number 4 ranked Ricardo Lamas.
Featured cover photo: UFC Number 3 featherweight contender, Max “Blessed” Holloway graces a media gathering to promote the “UFC Fight Night Manila” on October 15, 2016 at SM MOA Arena. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.