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UFC 155: What We Learned from Leonard Garcia vs. Max Holloway

August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Justin Lawrence (right) fights Max Holloway (left) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2012

Facebook played host to a highly anticipated featherweight bout between Max Holloway and Leonard Garcia. The fight was a late notice switch-up, as Holloway stepped in for Cody McKenzie not long ago.

It did not disappoint in terms of entertainment value, with Max Holloway winning by split decision. 

Here's what we learned from the bout.


What we'll remember about this fight: 

The fight was a slugfest, as many speculated it would be. It was only the second on a 12-fight card, but it is easily a contender for Fight of the Night. But really, did you expect anything else from a fight involving Leonard Garcia?

The result was a controversial one, as much of the crowd felt Garcia won and made their voices heard when the decision was read.


What we learned about Leonard Garcia:

We didn't really learn anything new here. Garcia is a brawler and a showman. All of his fights turn into frantic barn burners and that is exactly what happened at UFC 155.


What we learned about Max Holloway: 

Holloway is just 21 years old and not in his prime yet. Despite that, he is still a very skilled striker that may be a face in the UFC for many years to come.

It looked like he may have gassed toward the end of that fight, so cardio may be something he focuses on in the future. Either way, Holloway is an exciting prospect to keep your eye on.


What's next for Garcia:

There is a high probability that Garcia gets cut, as this is his fourth straight loss. If the UFC chooses to keep him due to his entertainment value, a bout against original opponent Cody McKenzie would be a good matchup. 


What's next for Holloway:

A bout with fellow young prospect Steven Siler sounds fantastic to me.

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