Dana White Wants Holloway to Move to 155 Pounds: ‘Everybody in the Top 5 is a Fun Fight for Him’

If Dana White gets his way, Max Holloway’s days as the world’s top featherweight could be numbered.
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UFC 231 Results: Max Holloway Silences the Doubters, Stops Brian Ortega

I doubted Max Holloway. I admit it.

He was unable to make it to the scale for his last couple of fights, and by all appearances, it seemed as if the cut down to featherweight was getting to be too much for the champ. So when it was announced he’d finally be facing top challenger Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC 231, I was skeptical he’d even make it to the cage. Or, the very least, he’d be too depleted from his weight cut to do anything but lose.

I was wrong.

For four rounds, Holloway beat the ever-lovin’ crap out of Ortega, feeding him a steady stream of punches that eventually turned the challenger’s face into a Tiki mask.

Dana White Wants Holloway to Move to 155 Pounds: ‘Everybody in the Top 5 is a Fun Fight for Him’

If Dana White gets his way, Max Holloway’s days as the world’s top featherweight could be numbered.
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UFC 231, The Morning After: The Record-Breaking Max Holloway

What you may have missed from last night!

It is past time to get on board the Blessed Express (choo choo!) because Max Holloway is already smashing records at age 27. Not only is he on a thirteen-fight win streak after last night (behind only Anderson Silva at 16) but the Hawaiian is also the single most prolific striker in UFC history, with the most significant strikes landed in any UFC round, in any UFC fight, and in any UFC career, at a staggering 1,627.

Of course, some mention must be made of the toughness of Brian Ortega to take all those punches and keep throwing back, lasting to the 4th-round bell before doctors wisely called the contest.

Holloway said before his last fight, a similarly stunning volume attack that overwhelmed even the dialed-in defense of Jose Aldo (you can still watch the full replay, with Aldo showing the best head movement the sport has ever seen, here), that he had been watching a lot of Vasyl Lomachenko. On the same night that Lomachenko poured it on to defeat Jose Pedrazo, Holloway showed off an increasingly sophisticated command of bewildering angles, echoing the abilities of the boxing great. Ortega was as game as an opponent has ever come, but he just couldn’t match the Hawaiian’s output. Mad Max went full Fury Road, straight through T-City.

In any discussion of who is the greatest featherweight of all time, one cannot forget the greatness of Jose Aldo, as it is the cornerstone of Max’s claim to immortality. His back-to-back beatdowns of the legend put the crown on his head, but his victory over Ortega put the jewel in the crown. This was an astonishingly violent performance, on a night of violent fights, grossing Holloway another $ 100,000. He deserves all the money.

Max may or may not be the greatest featherweight of all time, but he is undoubtedly the most violent as champion thus far. He breaks people who have never been broken, calling his round against both Jose Aldo and Brian Ortega. Unlike many great champions, including Jose Aldo, George St. Pierre and Jon Jones, who became more conservative once they won the belt, Holloway only seems to be upping the ante. Provided his iron chin holds, it is difficult to see any featherweight beating him. All aboard the Blessed Express, baby. It is what it is.

For complete UFC 231: “Holloway vs. Ortega” results, including play-by-play updates, click here.

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Max Holloway Still Believes Jose Aldo is ‘Greatest Featherweight of All Time’

After Saturday’s remarkable beatdown of the previously unbeaten Brian Ortega in the UFC 231 main event, it would’ve understandable if Max Holloway wanted to brag a little bit.
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UFC 231 Primer: The Max Holloway Countdown Is On

The last time featherweight champ Max Holloway was supposed to fight, he was pulled because he was a damn mess. The time before that, the Commission in New York pulled the plug. So the big question is: will Holloway be able to face challenger Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC 231 this weekend?

If you ask Ortega, he’s not so sure.

Meanwhile, UFC boss Dana White thinks Holloway shouldn’t be trying to cut down to 145 pounds anymore. As per MMAJunkie:

“It’s weird; I’m not nervous, but I should be,” White told MMAjunkie. “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.”

“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.”

By all accounts, Holloway looked full of pep at today’s open workouts in Toronto. But the weigh-ins are tomorrow, so we’ll know for sure then.

The countdown is on, folks.

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Highlights! ‘Bullet’ Pierces Joanna To Win Flyweight Title

Valentina Shevchenko was simply too much for Joanna Jedrzejczyk last night (Sat., Dec. 8, 2018) at UFC 231 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, as “Bullet” defeated the former UFC women’s strawweight champion via unanimous decision to claim the vacant women’s flyweight title.

It was all Shevchenko in the early going. The Polish contender utilized her strength and positioning to get inside on Joanna and secure a few slamming takedowns. Jedrzejczyk did get back to her feet, but Shevchenko made her pay with spinning kicks to the body and front kicks to the face.

Shevchenko did fade a bit in the later rounds which allowed Joanna to tally some points on the scorecards, but it was simply too late. Shevchenko was the better and more effective fighter throughout this championship bout and proved that 125 pounds is really the best division for her.

Check out the full fight video highlights above courtesy of UFC.

With this performance, Shevchenko becomes the new UFC women’s flyweight champion. Her skill set is tailor made to reign supreme atop the 125-pound throne for a long time so it will be interesting to see who she takes on next

Maybe a matchup with the always game Jessica Eye?

For complete UFC 231 results and coverage click here.

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UFC 231 belonged to Max Holloway, and that was evident in the distribution of post-fight bonuses.
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UFC 231 Bonuses: Max Holloway Banks $100,000 for Dominant Performance

UFC 231 belonged to Max Holloway, and that was evident in the distribution of post-fight bonuses.
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