Max Holloway put on a masterful performance on Saturday night, dealing Brian Ortega his first career loss. Many people took notice, including some of his fellow top-ranked fighters.
Tony Ferguson, for one, made his intentions known to fight Holloway sometime in the near future.
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) December 9, 2018
It is an idea that UFC president Dana White is in full agreement with.
“I love that. I love that sh-t. Right on, Tony,” White told members of the media during the UFC 231 post-fight press conference.
White had already stated that he feels Holloway may be “too big” to keep fighting at featherweight, and that moving up to 155 pounds might be the more viable option. He reiterated this statement at the presser, noting how many other great opportunities can open up if Holloway does make the jump.
“I want what’s right for Max. What’s right for Max might not necessarily be what’s right for the division, but we’ll figure that out,” White said. “After his last issues, I think it would be better for him physically, and every other way, to move up to 155 pounds.
“There are a lot of fights for him at that weight. I think everybody in the top five is an interesting, exciting fight for Holloway. That’s why I say that I think there are bigger and better things for him at 155 pounds. We’ll see if he agrees.”
Holloway took home a total of $100,000 in bonuses, both for Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night honors.