The UFC has been going to several new places every year as they recently went to Denmark for the first time. But, they continue to not go to Hawaii, the home of featherweight champion, Max Holloway. That no doubt frustrates the champion.
Now, however, UFC president, Dana White was in Hawaii for his ‘Looking for a fight’ show, alongside him was Max Holloway who continued the push for UFC Hawaii.
“This place has been the spot for mixed-martial arts since the late 90s,” White told KHON2. “I haven’t been out here for a fight in a while so it was good to be back. I had Max with me seeing some of the local guys, but the main event was the fight I was really interested in. It was great. I love being out here watching fights.”
Although the Las Vegas-based promotion has yet to be to Hawaii, Dana White says Max Holloway wants it bad and they want to come here. Whether or not that happens is to be seen.
“Max wants it bad,” White said. “Listen, we want to come here. We love this place. We got the get this thing figured out eventually. We’ll see. We’ll see what happens. I want it, does the tourism board want it? Do they or do they not? If they do, we’ll come. If not, we understand.”
The UFC has blamed not going to Hawaii on the tourism board, but Bellator went last year with Ilima-Lei MacFarlane, and are set to go back this December. If Dana White is to be believed it will only be a matter of time before the UFC is in Hawaii with Max Holloway headlining the card.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime