Dana White had nothing but praise for Max Holloway in his return to action in Toronto. Holloway silenced all doubters at UFC 231 when he handed Brian Ortega his first loss in professional MMA. The featherweight champion seemed to shake off whatever was bothering him and came back to the cage better than ever when he fought four rounds of what is possibly the best version of Holloway fans have ever seen.
Holloway and Ortega did no running, Ortega secured a takedown at one point during the fight but it did not last long. Holloway’s reach advantage seemed to be his greatest strength, keeping Ortega at bay and out landing the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. Some credit should go to Brian Ortega as well for not absorbing the damage Holloway dished out, but continuing to try and finish the Hawaiian featherweight champion until the doctor called off the fight in round four due to Ortega’s left eye being swollen shut.
However, outside of the third round where Ortega came closest to imposing his strong grappling game on Holloway, Holloway dominated most of the fight. White believes a move to the lightweight division for Holloway would not only remove any future concerns about his health as it pertains to cutting weight, but the division has “more opportunity” for Holloway.
“It’s time to start talking about him [Holloway] as one of the greatest, ever.” – Dana White
Holloway seemed to agree with hinting at a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov but overall it does not seem to matter to the featherweight champion. In the post-fight press conference, Holloway reminded fans that he is willing to fight anyone and at 27-years-old he plans on taking on all challengers. “Come beat me,” Holloway told media, “I dare you.”
Of all the possible fights to make, Holloway seems to have more options than any other fighter on the UFC roster for the coming year.