TORONTO – UFC President Dana White is in favor of Max Holloway shifting as much as the light-weight division as quickly as attainable.
Holloway (19-Three MMA, 15-Three UFC), the UFC featherweight champion, places his title on the road for the second time when he meets Brian Ortega (14-Zero MMA, 6-Zero UFC) on Saturday within the UFC 231 headliner. It marks his return to the octagon from a career-long layoff after three beforehand scheduled bouts have been referred to as off this yr.
The withdrawal from UFC 222 in March stemmed from an damage. UFC 223 in April was weight-cutting associated, whereas his withdrawal from his first reserving towards Ortega may need been associated to the load reduce, although it’s nonetheless largely unsure.
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All of that leads White to consider that “Blessed” isn’t match for the 145-pound division any longer, however he stated the champ persuaded him to remain. Regardless of that, White stated he’s not significantly involved about Holloway forward of UFC 231.
“It’s bizarre; I’m not nervous, however I ought to be,” White informed MMAjunkie. “, I didn’t need him to battle once more at ’45. He needed this battle so unhealthy. He bought cleared by each take a look at and physician and all the things we’ve accomplished. Got here in mild this week, so we’ll see what occurs. Yeah, it will be actually unhealthy if he didn’t make weight.”
UFC 231 takes place Saturday at Scotiabank Area. Holloway vs. Ortega headlines the pay-per-view foremost card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Combat Cross.
Simply because White gave Holloway his want with the Ortega battle, it doesn’t imply he’ll permit the Hawaiian to battle at featherweight eternally. There’s a stage of discomfort about Holloway’s dimension and weight reduce, and White’s not eager to see that proceed.
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“I believe he must go to ’55,” White stated. “He’s too huge for this weight. You possibly can’t hold doing this to your self and reducing to ’45. However you realize what he needed? He desires this Ortega battle. He desires to battle Ortega so unhealthy. That is the battle he needed. He bought it. He medically bought cleared, and he bought what he needed.”
Holloway hasn’t appeared overly immune to the concept of switching weight lessons following UFC 231. The end result of his battle with Ortega will closely affect his future, however Holloway stated he’s not opposed to creating a change down the road as a result of it could possibly be a part of what’s needed to finish his profession objectives.
“On the finish of the day, I’m a champion,” Holloway stated. “I need to defend and be a defending champion. Now I need to be pound-for-pound champion. If it’s going up a weight class, then it’s going up. If it’s staying right here and defending my belt a pair extra instances, it’s staying right here. If it’s preventing my good buddy (Daniel Cormier), the Kung Fu Panda, the ‘Daddest Man on the Planet,’ then so be it. I need to be the perfect ever. No. 1.”
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