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Holloway drops split decision at UFC 160

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:46 a.m. HST, May 26, 2013

Waianae's Max Holloway lost a split decision to Dennis Bermudez in a preliminary bout at UFC 160 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Two judges scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Bermudez while a third gave Holloway the fight by the same score.

Holloway dropped Bermudez with a spinning heel kick in round one and had the upper hand until the final round.

Bermudez, a freestyle All-American wrestler in college, took Holloway down and delivered an elbow that opened up a nasty cut on Holloway's face.

Holloway had his three-fight winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in the UFC.

Kailua-Kona's K.J. Noons opened the pay-per-view portion of the card with a brutal unanimous decision loss to Donald Cerrone.

Noons (11-7) lost his UFC debut after competing in StrikeForce his last seven fights. He was cut just above his right eye immediately after the fight started and was opened up again in the third by a series of vicious elbows.

The judges scored the fight 30-27, 30-27, 30-26 in favor of Cerrone (20-5, 6-2 UFC).

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hawnpunch wrote:
Holloway got robbed...won first 2 rounds....judges dropped this decision!
on May 25,2013 | 04:34PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
yup..highway robbery
on May 25,2013 | 05:09PM
HD36 wrote:
Happens alot in Vegas.
on May 25,2013 | 10:48PM
olos73 wrote:
Yep, they showed he landed almost twice more strikes. Hurt him with kicks and had more control of the fight. He was taken down couple times, but no serious trouble.
on May 25,2013 | 07:22PM
frontman wrote:
It was obvious that the fix was in..even the announcers were shocked. The judges killed boxing, is it going to kill the UFC???
on May 25,2013 | 05:37PM
bender wrote:
Definitely. If the UFC wants to keep it's credibility they need to work on the judges. Don't know if the State of Nevada assigns judges or if the UFC hires their own people. Either way, the judges sucked.
on May 26,2013 | 05:29AM
chuck4664 wrote:
i had Holloway winning rounds 1 and 2, Should have been 29-28 Holloway, never let it go to the judges. Max Holloway is young and will be back.
on May 25,2013 | 08:41PM
Russkar wrote:
Holloway was brilliant till he let those elbows tango on his face in the 3rd round. Hopefully he'll guard against that next time. Sucks that he gave it away to a brawler. Bummer!!
on May 25,2013 | 08:48PM
HD36 wrote:
Judges need to get it out in the open. Wether a solid kick or punch scores the same as a takedown for 4 seconds. I think they figure one take down and you win the round even though the other guy lands alot more punches.
on May 25,2013 | 10:47PM
RKC808 wrote:
I don't know which fight the judges were scoring but Holloway definitely won this fight. Like OP's mentioned. He won rounds 1 and 2. He did lose the last minute of the final round. He must feel so cheated and deflated now, but he was awesome and has so much potential. Plus, he is only 21 yo.
on May 26,2013 | 11:22PM
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