It’s uncertain when UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will be ready to return from concussion-like symptoms, but UFC president Dana White gave some encouraging updates yesterday (Fri., July 27, 2018) during a media scum following UFC on FOX 30’s ceremonial weigh-ins in Calgary.
White didn’t know exactly when “Blessed” would be healthy enough to get back into camp, but his outlook remained positive.
“He’s good,” White said. “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 (what the time frame is).”
More importantly for Holloway, White confirmed that the promotion will “wait for him” instead of moving forward with an interim title fight. That’s not so good news for undefeated featherweight Brian Ortega, who was scheduled to fight Holloway at UFC 226 earlier this month.
While this update is positive for Holloway’s future as UFC champion he still has to get himself healthy. All signs point to “Blessed” making a sound recovery, but doctors still don’t know for sure what happened to the 26-year-old prior to UFC 226.
“There was no stroke,” White said. “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.”
As one of the youngest and most durable champions under UFC control, the promotion would be wise to let Holloway heal and keep him atop the 145-pound throne as long as possible. White and company seem ready to wait for as long as it takes.
“What I want to do is have him take some time off,” White said. “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.”
Stick with Mania for updates on Holloway’s recovery.