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Dana White Discusses Doctor Stoppage for UFC 231 Main Event, Wants Max Holloway to Move Up to Lightweight

December 9, 2018 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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Speaking at the post fight press conference for UFC 231, UFC President Dana White shared his thoughts on the main event between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega. Holloway successfully defended his featherweight title against Ortega in the headlining bout after a doctor stoppage at the end of the fourth round. Below are some highlights and a video from the UFC 231 presser.

White on being impressed with Ortega: “Blown away. I was blown away. I wanted them to stop that fight going into the fifth round. Either the referee or the corner was going to stop that fight. The fight needed to be stopped.”

Dana White on Brian Ortega’s toughness: “For all of us that have been in the fight game a long time, that’s what you call too tough for your own good. And I believe he could have done the fifth round. I believe he would have done the fifth round, but it should have never happened. That fifth round should have never happened. He’s a young, talented guy, and I think going into that fifth round would have been very bad for him, health wise. The fourth round wasn’t good for him health wise and definitely not the fifth round. I commend the doctor here in Toronto for stopping that fight. He did a great job.”

Dana White on wanting to see Max Holloway move up to 155 pounds after UFC 231: “Honestly, Max is a grown man and we need to talk, but I’d like to see Max go to ’55 now. He’s 27 going on to 28 years old. He’s in the prime of his life. Never looked better. Continues to improve with every single fight that he’s in, and I think he’s done every single thing he can do at ’45. Why keep cutting that weight? I think there’s some big things for him at ’55.”

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