Max Holloway will be out at least two months as the Hawaiian featherweight recovers from thumb surgery, FOX Sports is reporting.
Ranked fourth in the UFC’s featherweight division, Holloway went under the knife to repair a torn ligament in the thumb on his right hand. The 24-year-old suffered the injury during his last bout at UFC 194, a unanimous decision victory over fellow top-10 featherweight Jeremy Stephens.
According to Holloway’s manager, Brian Butler, the Hawaiian will also use the time to mend a high ankle sprain suffered while preparing for his Dec. 12 bout with Stephens in Las Vegas (h/t FOX Sports).
Holloway is currently riding an eight-fight winning streak stemming back to January 2014. The well-rounded fighter has defeated the likes of Stephens, Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira, Cole Miller and Andre Fili. At 15-3, Holloway has only lost to UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, No. 8 145-pound contender Dennis Bermudez and 12th-ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier.
In fact, “Blessed” is the only man in the UFC to go the distance with McGregor since the Irishman took the featherweight division by storm in 2013, losing by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 26.
Holloway is one of a handful of exciting contenders in the UFC’s 145-pound weight class, a list that includes former UFC 155-pound champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar and recently fallen ex-titleholder Jose Aldo.
He’s fought four times in each of the last two years; considering his first fight of 2015 came in February, it may still be possible for the Hawaiian fighter to continue his busy streak.