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Max Holloway took some lumps back when he first came to the UFC, and for a while there, it seemed like he was just going to be another dude trying to eke out a living in the Octagon. But he somehow did what few have managed to do – fix what was wrong with his game, evolve, and hone his skills – and then he went from the kiddie pool to the tank with the sharks.

Maybe it was around the time he took out Cub Swanson that it became apparent Holloway was now a shark himself. I don’t know. What I do know is that by the time he fought Jose Aldo at UFC 212, Holloway was a killer, and Aldo was screwed.

Thanks to Frankie Edgar getting injured in training, Holloway’s first title defense is a rematch with Aldo at UFC 218 on Saturday night. But whatever. At this point, it doesn’t matter who Holloway is facing. He’s at the top of his game, and is more than ready to kick some butt.

Here’s Holloway in action: