After months of patiently waiting for the chance to unify the two UFC titles representing Featherweight Division right now, Max Holloway will finally have the opportunity this summer when he meets Jose Aldo at UFC 212.
Holloway voiced his frustrations with the long process it took to finally face Aldo after McGregor was stripped of the title and Aldo threatened to leave the UFC unless he was granted a rematch with McGregor. “It’s crazy,” Holloway said on Submission Radio. “I thought we were all men here, but they’re trying to chase (Conor McGregor) around, trying to get this and that. It is what it is. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. I ain’t chasing nobody. I’m gonna make my damn self my own money fight.
“I was kind of irritated that I might have to be out a little longer, but at the end of the day, it’s just kind of mind boggling. I was just mind blown. If that’s what (Aldo) wanted to do, that’s what he wanted to do, but I’m gonna get ready and focus on 145 at the moment. If opportunities present itself, I’m gonna take it, but I’m not gonna go out there and start begging like half these guys out there.”
Holloway also knows that he’ll be going into enemy territory fighting Aldo in Brazil, but said this is part of what it takes to earn the belt and views it as a way to dethrone the king in his own home. “This is what kings do. Kings go to other kings’ villages and they take over,” he said. “That’s what they do and that’s what I have planned come June 3rd. I’m gonna go there and show everybody why I’m a king and what better place to do it than in his backyard, in his own village.”
Aldo has yet to comment on Holloway’s remarks.
Cervantes Analysis: This is gonna be a tough fight for Holloway, especially as it’s in Brazil. Aldo’s only loss in the last 12 years came to McGregor by way of flash knockout, so it’s not like Aldo is at the end of his career and he is such a versatile fighter that he’ll pose numerous threats to Holloway regardless of where the fight takes place. I’m a big fan of both, but with the list of incredible fighters Aldo has bested over the years, I have to believe he’ll get it done against Holloway this summer.
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