Dana Wants Holloway At 155 Pounds
Max Holloway may be walking into the Octagon one final time as the UFC featherweight champion at UFC 231, whether he wins or loses against Brian Ortega.
“I think he needs to go to ’55,” UFC President Dana White said at Wednesday’s pre-fight press conference. “He’s too big for this weight. You can’t keep doing this to yourself and cutting down 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.”
When asked about what’s next for him, Holloway was fairly nonchalant “At the end of the day, I’ll show up,” Holloway said. We’ll see what happens when I show up and we meet in the Octagon. I can’t wait to see it.
“I never missed weight. Everybody keeps talking about this weight thing, and blah blah blah. Have I ever stepped on the scale and missed weight?”
“We talked a little bit about it,” Holloway said of moving up to lightweight. “Not too much, not too crazy, you know? At the end of the day, I’m a champion. I’m a champion. I wanted to be a defending champion, now I want to be a 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 of times, it’s staying here; if it’s fighting my good friend [Daniel Cormier], ‘The Kung Fu Panda’, ‘The Daddest Man on the Planet’, so be it. I want to be the best ever.”
Quotes Transcribed by MMA Fighting