Max Holloway And Dana White Have Differing Views On Lightweight Future

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UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and Dana White have differing views on the former’s future at 155 pounds.

Holloway got back on the win column with a dominant decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 240 this past weekend. It followed his April decision loss to Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title.

White — who had previously called for Holloway to move up — was now adamant that featherweight was the right weight class for “Blessed”:

“I think his last performance at ’55 ends the conversation of him going up to ’55,” White said at the UFC 240 post-fight press conference (via BJ Penn). “I used to think that he looked big at ’45 and then I realized how small he looked at ’55.”

Holloway, however, took issue with those comments:

“Dana changes his mind everyday,” he responded. “Tomorrow he might be like, ‘hey Max we need a heavyweight fight.’ So, I don’t know. Dana’s mind is all over the place. I gotta respect the boss, but at the end of the day it is what it is. I know if an opportunity comes up there and they come calling, we won’t shy away.”

Holloway Not Ruling Out Lightweight Return

Holloway didn’t rule out a return to lightweight earlier this month either. Having only had six weeks to prepare for Poirier, he believes a full camp will showcase a different result:

“That was seven weeks to fight day, so I only had six weeks,” he said at a recent media lunch. “We were still coming off of the December thing and was figuring stuff out.

We’ll see what happens when I make the move and decide to put on more muscle and this and that. There’s always a narrative that people try to explore like, ‘He had to be there. He had to weigh this and that.’ There’s no difference.”

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