ATLANTA – UFC President Dana White believes Max Holloway has been too small for the UFC 236 lightweight division and wants him back in the weight category where he holds the gold medal.
Holloway (20-4 MMA, 16-4 UFC), UFC featherweight champion, reached 155 points for an interim title fight with Dustin Poirier (25-5 MMA, 17-4 UFC) on Saturday. That did not happen as it should, with "Blessed" who unanimously decided to suspend his series of 13 victories in the octagon.
White said that he thought Holloway was under-sized for the division and that because of that, he would like to see Hawaii return to the division that he currently leads.
"It's crazy, I did not expect it to appear at 155," White told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at the post-press conference. match UFC 236. "So I'm looking forward to seeing him back to 145."
UFC 236 was held at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Poirier vs. Holloway introduced the main pay-per-view card after ESPN's preliminary games and preliminary preliminary matches of ESPN + and the UFC Fight Pass.
White did not specify when, where and against whom Holloway could defend against the featherweight, but it will probably take some free time after absorbing 178 significant strikes during the match.
Apart from an after-fight interview in the Octagon with Joe Rogan and a short message addressed to MMA Junkie passing in front of the press rank, Holloway did not no media after the contest. White said he sent Holloway to a local Atlanta hospital. Once his state of health is restored, the promotion will be ready for his next contest.
"We took him directly from the octagon to the hospital," White said. "I told my guys," I do not want him to do interviews. Take him directly to the hospital. 'He's big, he's great, but I'd like to see him weigh 145 pounds again. Pear tree looked much bigger than him in my opinion.
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