UFC Names Max Holloway as 2021 Recipient of Forrest Griffin Community Award

Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar, UFC Fight Island 7 / UFC on ABC 1
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 17: Max Holloway celebrates after his unanimous-decision victory over Calvin Kattar in a featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

This year’s Forrest Griffin Community Award goes to one of the most likeable people in mixed martial arts — Max Holloway.

The UFC announced via press release on Wednesday that Hawaii’s Holloway would be the 2021 recipient of the award, which “recognizes a UFC athlete for their exceptional volunteer and charity work and the meaningful impact their efforts have on the community.”

The award was first introduced last year, and awarded to Dustin Poirier for his work with The Good Fight Foundation.

Holloway’s honor comes after “Blessed” participated in numerous charitable causes, including visiting Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, the only pediatric children’s hospital in the state of Nevada. There, Holloway provided gifts to patients and helped raised spirits.

Thursday’s press release also cited Holloway’s visits to military bases, children’s hospitals, and one-on-one meetings with terminally ill children in 2020.

“Max is not only an amazing athlete, but he’s also a great role model who enjoys giving back to his community,” UFC President Dana White said. “Max does a great job of setting a positive example of how athletes can use their platforms to raise awareness for charities, while helping those who are less fortunate. It’s an honor to present him with this award.”

The announcement of Holloway as the second recipient of the Forrest Griffin Community Award comes as he prepares to face Yair Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 42 this weekend.