Max Holloway will return to the Octagon when he faces Pat Schilling on Friday night at the Ultimate Fighter: Live finale in Las Vegas (Esther Lin, MMA Fighting)
This is the Ultimate Fighter live blog for Max Holloway vs. Pat Schilling, a featherweight bout on tonight's UFC event from the Palms in Las Vegas.
Holloway, who lost his UFC debut at UFC 143, will face Schilling, who also lost his UFC debut at UFC on FX, on the main card.
Check out the live blog below.
Round 1: Chris Tognoni is the ref for this featherweight fight. Schilling pursues a single leg, then tries for a double, but Holloway's having none of it. Schilling switches back to a single and gets a takedown, but they're right back up. Holloway keeps Schilling honest with a body kick. Holloway misses a big uppercut, then sprawls a Schilling takedown attempt. Midway through. Schilling lands a spinning back first. Holloway answers with a right hand. Holloway with combos to the body and head. Holloway gets the best of an exchange in the last minute. Schilling goes for a takedown but doesn't get it. Holloway goes for a kick and a knee which just misses. Schilling gets a late leg lock but time runs out. MMAFighting scores the round for Max Holloway, 10-9.
Round 2: Early action ends up with Schilling clinching Holloway against the fence, but the latter escapes. Holloway guards against a leg kick on the left and eats an uppercut with his right. Holloway drops Schilling, then backs off. Holloway lands a couple knees from a Muay Thai clinch. Schiling hurt, scampers to safety. Schilling covers up and Holloway's using Schilling for target practice. Schilling against the fence, Holloway peppers him with body shots. Seems like a matter of time at this point. Schilling catches a kick, takes Schilling down, but Hollloway gets back to his feet. Another brutal body shot. Schilling's hands drop. Holloway just misses with a knee as the round mercifully ends. MMAFighting scores the round for Max Holloway, 10-8 (20-17 overall).
Round 3: Schilling answers a Holloway combo with a big right hand. Holloway seems to be picking his spots, knowing the decision's going his way. Two minutes in. Schilling looks gun shy and Holloway isn't about to do anything dumb. Holloway with an overhand right. Schilling feigns a takedown. Holloway with a straight left and an overhand right which drops Schilling. Holloway lets him back up. Holloway evades a single-leg. Holloway's nose is busted open. Holloway goes for a "Showtime kick" but doesn't get it. MMAFighting scores the round for Max Holloway, 10-9 (30-26 overall).
Max Holloway def. Pat Schilling via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
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