UFC chief Dana White wants Max Holloway to move up to lightweight citing ‘he’s too big for this weight'
7th December 2018

Holloway, 27, is set to defend his featherweight title in the main-event of UFC 231 against Brian Ortega, 27, on Saturday night in Canada.

The pair were set to meet at at UFC 226, however, Holloway was pulled from the fight due to "concussion like symptoms.”

UFC chief White told MMAJunkie that he would like Holloway to step up to lightweight and revealed he previously did not want ‘Blessed’ to take another bout at featherweight.

White said: “I didn’t want him to fight again at ‘45. He wanted this fight so bad.

“He got cleared by every test and doctor and everything we’ve done. Came in light this week, so we’ll see what happens.

“I think he needs to go to ‘55, he’s too big for this weight. You can’t keep doing this to yourself and cutting to ‘45.

“But you know what he wanted? He wants this Ortega fight. He wants to fight Ortega so bad. This is the fight he wanted. He got it. He medically got cleared, and he got what he wanted.”

Heading into the weigh Ortega questioned whether Holloway would make the weight and be cleared to fight.

However, Holloway successfully made weight scaling in at 144.5lbs – while Ortega came in at 144.75lbs meaning the UFC 231 main-event is officially on.

The featherweight champion has not fought since December 2017, when he knocked out former champion Jose Aldo for the second time.

In April Holloway was called upon to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 after Tony Ferguson pulled out due to injury.

However, Holloway was pulled from the fight as doctors did not feel it was safe enough for the fighter to continue his weight cut.

Holloway claimed as champion he wants to defend his title, but revealed he is open to moving up to lightweight in order to become ‘pound-for-pound champion’.

He said: “At the end of the day, I’m a champion, I want to defend and be a defending champion.

“Now I want to be pound-for-pound champion. If it’s going up a weight class, then it’s going up. If it’s staying here and defending my belt a couple more times, it’s staying here.”


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