The UFC president spoke to the media during yesterday’s UFC Calgary weigh-ins and gave us an update on the status of the 145lb champion.
Max Holloway’s withdrawal from UFC 226 earlier this month was a refreshing moment in MMA where the fans quickly allowed their disappointment to turn into genuine concern.
‘Blessed’ has been one of the game’s most popular fighters for some time now so despite us missing out on his eagerly anticipated showdown with Brian Ortega, most of the reaction amounted to an outpouring of respect to the champ.
During a pre-fight interview with Michael Bisping – it slowly became apparent that Max was a tad slower than usual, slurring his words all while appearing to be on the verge of falling asleep.
Bisping called him out on it straight away and within hours, it emerged that Holloway was being pulled from the fight.
Thankfully, Dana White was asked about the 26-year-old’s health during the weigh-ins for this weekend’s fights and he managed to give us about as positive an update as we could have hoped for.
Speaking to the members of the media who had gathered to watch UFC Calgary fighters as they made weight – White made it clear that the Hawaiian was in a much better place than he was when we last saw him.
“He’s good. He’s doing well. They gave him a time frame. I’d actually like to wait a little longer on his time frame and make sure that he’s 100 percent. I don’t know yet.”
Despite the fact that we are a few weeks removed from UFC 226, not much else is known about what exactly caused the young champion to take such a dramatic turn during fight-week but despite rumours that suggested that he may have suffered a mini-stroke, Dana was quick to put fears to rest.
“There was no stroke. It either had to do with concussion – either a concussion, or they believe it happened to him because he was cutting weight at that time.
“We still don’t know for sure. But we know he’s doing OK, he’s healthy, and he’s doing a lot better.
An abundance of interim-belts have taken some of the shine away from those who hold undisputed championship titles these days and while we’re sure there’ll be one set up at 145lbs before long, Dana made it clear that stripping Holloway wasn’t on the agenda.
“What I want to do is have him take some time off. Here’s the problem: No matter how far away you book a fight, I’m worried about him starting to spar.
“I don’t want him to do any of that stuff until it’s absolutely necessary. I want to give him more time.
“There is no time frame. I just want this kid to be healthy.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena