Dana White Gives Update on Max Holloway
It has not been a pleasant 2018 for UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway.
Originally scheduled to defend his title against Brian Ortega at UFC 226 earlier this month, Holloway was forced off the card three days before the event due to concussion-like symptoms.
In a recent media scrum, UFC President Dana White said it was either a concussion or something from the weight cut that caused problems for Holloway. But White provided a positive update on the featherweight champ.
“He’s doing well. They gave him a time frame,” White said. “I’d actually like to wait a little longer on his time frame and make sure that he’s 100 percent. I don’t know yet [what the time frame is].”
Holloway was booked to face Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 back in March — rescheduled from December after Edgar had to pull out with an injury. But in February, Holloway was the one forced out by an injury. Then, in April, Holloway was asked to step in on days’ notice to face Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title at UFC 223. But he was pulled from that fight too after doctors deemed him unfit to fight after his weight cut.
White added that he’s willing to wait for Holloway, rather than book an interim title fight as soon as possible. He wants Holloway to take as much time as needed, but he’s concerned “Blessed” Holloway will want to jump back into training too quickly.
“What I want to do is have him take some time off,” White said. “Here’s the problem: No matter how far away you book a fight, I’m worried about him starting to spar. I don’t want him to do any of that stuff until it’s absolutely necessary. I want to give him more time. There is no time frame. I just want this kid to be healthy.”
Original Story: MMA Mania