Holloway’s focus shifts from controversy to community in return from ‘Fight Island’

Holloway’s focus shifts from controversy to community in return from ‘Fight Island’

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - After a long journey back from the Middle East, Hawaii’s own Max Holloway returned home Monday evening after a tough ― and, in some ways, controversial ― loss to Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 251.

“The decision is the decision,” Holloway told Hawaii News Now. “You know at the end of the day, we went out there, we proved what we had to prove and I got nothing else left to prove and we go from there, we’ll see what happens, you know.”

Social media exploded in the Waianae native’s favor after the judges’ split decision went Volkanovski’s way, and UFC president Dana White insinuated that he believed Max had won the fight.

But Holloway says he isn’t interested in talking about what happened on Saturday, instead deferring his focus to what he can do to help the people of Hawaii battle through the coronavirus pandemic.

Before the fight, he announced that his entire kit from the championship bout ― shorts, gloves, warm-up sweats ― would be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to benefit the Hawaii Foodbank.

As of early Tuesday morning, the auction has already raised more than $21,000 for charity. Bidding remains open until Saturday night.

“I’m here to support the people who support me, where i come from, if I got food on my table, it’s only right to help put food on people’s tables that they aren’t getting a fair shake with all this COVID going on and everything going on, and so i’m just trying to help in whatever way I can.”

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