UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway defends the gold against Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC 231.
The champion has had a tough year in regards to his health, which is a reason why UFC President Dana White thinks Holloway’s days at featherweight are coming to an end.
“I think he needs to go to ’55,” White said to MMA Junkie. “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.”
Holloway has admitted that a move to lightweight would be in his future, but did not specify when that would happen. Holloway almost fought at lightweight earlier this year against UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, but pulled out of that bout as well. Holloway did make weight for UFC 231, coming in at 144.5 pounds.
UFC 231 takes place on Saturday, December 8 from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with Max Holloway and Brian Ortega headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.