Max Holloway KNOCKS OUT Justin Gaethje in the final second of their BMF title fight at UFC 300 – as Joe Rogan calls the win ‘the greatest KO of all time’

Max Holloway knocked out Justin Gaethje in the final second of their UFC 300 clash.

The former UFC featherweight king stepped up to the 155lbs division to face Gaethje in a BMF title clash in Las Vegas.

On Saturday night the pair engaged in a instant classic at the T-Mobile Arena, with the showdown between the perpetual fan favourites more than befitting the BMF moniker. 

From the first round Holloway utilised his boxing to control the contest and invested early in hitting the body of his opponent.

As the opening frame reached its conclusion Holloway threw a spinning back which caught a ducking Gaethje flush on the nose, appearing to cause an immediate break and compromising him for the rest of the fight.

The second round was blighted by a pair of eye pokes that saw Holloway warned by referee Mark Goddard, but after the action resumed the Hawaiian again set about racking up accumulative damage with a variety of strikes.

Gaethje’s patented leg kicks remained a threat throughout, but Holloway’s weaponised pace appeared to drown the 35-year-old as he absorbed shots to the body and head.

In the fourth of five scheduled rounds Gaethje’s power finally shined through as he dropped Holloway to the canvas with a well-timed counter, but the former featherweight managed to make a instant recovery.

Already a legendary showdown between two of the sport’s most beloved competitors, the fifth and final round would elevate the fights status to new levels.

After coming close to finishing his opponent multiple times, as the clapper sounded to mark ten seconds left in the fight Holloway beckoned Gaethje to join him in the centre of the Octagon in the way he so famously did with Ricardo Lamas in 2016.

The two fighters immediately began trading strikes and with just one second remaining Holloway landed an inch-perfect right hand to instantly render Gaethje unconscious.

Speaking following the fight Joe Rogan called the finish the ‘greatest knockout of all time’ and Holloway gave props to his opponent whilst calling for a clash with sitting featherweight king Ilia Topuria.

‘Give it up for Gaethje, a real BMF,’ He said. ‘He had nothing to gain and everything to lose. I am him guys. El Matador is running away from the bull at 145. 

‘Even Islam [Makhachev]. I’m here, I’m right here! Any weight, I am a gladiator, let’s get it! I want 600k, that was Fight of the Night and finish of the night.’ 

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