Former UFC champion Max Holloway broke down in tears on Thursday, while discussing the wildfires which have ravaged his native Hawaii.
The Lahaina space in Maui County has been devastated by the pure catastrophe this month, with a minimum of 155 individuals killed and greater than 1,000 nonetheless lacking.
Holloway, 31, mentioned the occasions at a pre-fight media day this week, forward of his featherweight conflict with Chan Sung Jung in Singapore on Saturday (26 August).
“You guys noticed how the whole lot went down, how the Lahaina individuals have been let down by the state, by the federal government,” Holloway mentioned. “However the Hawaii neighborhood, they stepped up. The individuals stepped up, the Hawaiians stepped up
“Then, after the Hawaiians stepped up, the world stepped up. You guys are seeing the whole lot, individuals serving to – the UFC helps out with ‘UFC loves Hawaii’ and so forth and so forth. It’s only a powerful factor. I simply shared my story about how some individuals ended up passing away.
“It’s simply powerful, man. These guys [in Hawaii] are the true heroes proper now. They’re going by way of it, and my walkout tune goes to be a dedication to them, and so they mentioned we must always use crimson [fight shorts] to solidify these guys which might be in the hearth and going by way of it.
“I’m really going to be utilizing crimson for the primary time in my UFC profession. I’ve been utilizing the black, and I used to be capable of be granted crimson for the shorts.”
A tearful Holloway added: “I at all times go in there with Hawaii on my again, however it feels a little bit bit heavier now.”
Holloway reigned as undisputed UFC featherweight champion from 2017 to 2019.
In his most up-to-date battle, in April, the Hawaiian outpointed British title hopeful Arnold Allen.
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