Following his dominant win over Brian Ortega at UFC 31 last Saturday in Toronto, Dana White thinks that Max Holloway’s days in the featherweight division are numbered. The promotion chief said in the post-fight press conference that he wants to see ‘Blessed’ compete in the lightweight division next.
The 27-year old Hawaiian said he has no problem moving up to the 155-division, which is loaded with plenty of great talents including Tony Fergusson, Conor McGregor, and Khabib Nurmagomedov. But for Holloway, a potential fight with the undefeated fighter and current UFC lightweight champion is the one that excites him the most.
👊 Beats Anthony Pettis by TKO.
💥 Beats José Aldo by TKO.
💪 Beats José Aldo again by TKO.
👏 Beats undefeated Brian Ortega by TKO.
💯 AND STILL!
🙌 Max Holloway retains his UFC featherweight title at UFC 231. pic.twitter.com/oatlwcQtXb
— bet365 (@bet365) December 9, 2018
Dana White Wants Holloway At 155
Holloway returned to the Octagon last Saturday and showed no signs of rust after a year of layoff as he dominated Ortega in four thrilling rounds. Ahead of the fight, there were plenty of questions surrounding Holloway’s condition and whether he can bring out his A-game against an undefeated and dangerous challenger, who was riding on a six-fight winning streak all via stoppage.
The Hawaiian fan favourite shut down all naysayers and let his dominant performance did the talking last Saturday night. He was impressive from the get-go up to the fourth round, busting ‘T-City’ with his precise striking and powerful combos. At the end of the fourth, the doctors have to waive the fight off as Ortega’s face has been brutally damaged.
The victory solidified Holloway’s status as one of the greatest featherweights, if not the greatest featherweight of all-time. However, with a 13-fight winning streak, which includes victories over big names like Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis, and a pair of successful title-defense, White feels it’s time for Holloway to leave the division and move up to 155.
“Listen, Max is a grown man and we need to talk but I’d like to see Max go to 155 now. I think that the guy is 27 going on 28 years old, he’s in the prime of his life, never looked better. Continues to improve every single fight that he’s in and I think he’s done everything he can do at 145.”
“Why keep cutting that weight and I think there are some big things for him at 55. If Holloway goes to 55, everybody in the top five is a fun fight for him,” the promotion chief claimed.
Just a reminder that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Max Holloway was a real fight that was slated to take place in April of this year. pic.twitter.com/wsaTUrRauc
— Crusty (@CrustyChalupa) December 9, 2018
Holloway Is Thrilled On Possible Showdown With Khabib
With the UFC president urging the featherweight champion to move up to 155, there are already potential blockbuster fights that fans are bringing up should Holloway enter the lightweight’s den. But for the 27-year old champion, it’s the fight with Nurmagomedov that pokes his interest as he is excited to put a stain on ‘The Eagles’ perfect win-loss record.
Holloway was scheduled to square off with the Russian champ in the main event of UFC 223 early this year but the significant weight cut he endured has taken a toll to his body, forcing him to pull out of the gigantic clash. It was the second time “Blessed” withdrew from a fight as he was also ruled ineligible to compete at UFC 222 against ex-lightweight champion Frankie Edgar after sustaining a leg injury.
“Khabib is another undefeated fighter. I got this niche, I guess. I just gave an undefeated fighter his first loss. So maybe that one might excite me the most. We were supposed to have that one. So we’ll see what happens. I don’t know. I ain’t picky. Feed me. They all can get it.”
“I have three losses. So I want to get them all three back, but that’s just me. I want to fight everyone, whoever. As a competitor, I’ll fight whoever. If you tell me some guy is the best, let’s do it. Is this the best guy? I’m gonna fight you then. Put your dukes up, let’s trade blows,” Holloway ended.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Max Holloway and Khabib Nurmagomedov)