Dana White Says Max Holloway ‘Too Big’ For Featherweight, Wants Him To Move To 155

This Saturday night, Max
Holloway
puts his Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight
title on the line against the undefeated Brian
Ortega
. If his boss has anything to say about it, it might be
one of the last times he does so.

Holloway has withdrawn from his last three scheduled fights, first
by missing weight and then the last two when he suffered
concussion-like symptoms rumored to have been caused by his large
weight cut.

UFC President White has expressed concern in the past about his
star fighting at featherweight and in an interview with MMA Junkie ahead of UFC 231,
expressed his ambivalence in spite of Holloway being medically
cleared to fight.

“It’s weird; I’m not nervous, but I should be,” White said. “You
know, 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.
Yeah, it would be really bad if he didn’t make weight.”

Even if Holloway beats Ortega on Saturday night and retains his
belt, it seems that he’ll have a tough time convincing White to let
him stay at 145 pounds, which the President claims he’s “too big”
for.

“I think he needs to go to ’55,” White said. “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.”

While Holloway doesn’t necessarily want to vacate the featherweight
title, he said he’s motivated defending belts regardless of
division.

“At the end of the day, I’m a champion,” Holloway said. “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. If it’s fighting my good friend
[Daniel
Cormier
], the Kung Fu Panda, the ‘Daddest Man on the Planet,’
then so be it. I want to be the best ever. No. 1.”



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