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Dana: “Poirier Looked Much Bigger Than Max, I’d Like Him Back At 145lb”

Dana White spoke to the media in the wake of Saturday’s UFC 236 and explained his belief that size was a factor in the night’s main-event.

And to be honest, as much as it sounds as though he’s discrediting the performance from The Diamond by doing so, he has a point.

Poirier was fantastic, of course.

But from the get-go, it became pretty clear that there was a serious gap to be found between the two as far as size and punching power was concerned.

Speaking during his post-fight press conference, Dana gave his take on Holloway’s future, his physique at 155lbs, and his absence from the media event itself.

“It’s crazy, what I didn’t expect is he looked small at 155. So I look forward to him going back to 145.

“We took him straight from the octagon to the hospital. I told my guys, ‘I don’t want him doing any interviews. Take him straight to the hospital.’ He’s tough, he’s awesome, but I’d like to see him at 145 pounds again. Poirier looked much bigger than him in my opinion.”

The fight stood as Max’s debut at 155lbs and all things considered, it was a pretty impressive showing against a guy, in Dustin, who has proven himself to be one of the division’s elite of the elite.

It’s important to remember, however, that the vultures are well and truly gathering at 145lbs – with the likes of Alexander Volkanovski, Zabit Magomedsharipov, and even Frankie Edgar and José Aldo in and around the upper-tier, there’s still quite a lot of work for him to do at featherweight.

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

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