In the main event of UFC Kansas City on Saturday, the former UFC featherweight champion earned a victory via unanimous decision over Arnold Allen.
The judges' scores were 49-46, 49-46, and 48-47. Holloway turned in a solid effort in a battle that was a pivotal moment in his professional MMA career.
If he had been defeated, it would have been the first time in nearly eight years that he had been knocked from his perch as a leading candidate.
"He knocked me out in the final round and gave me a black eye. Dammit, Arnold. Because of you, the success of my modeling career is in peril.