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Morning Report: Max Holloway on fighting Jose Aldo in Brazil: Kings go to other king’s villages and take over

Max Holloway
Max Holloway

At UFC 206, Max Holloway won the UFC interim featherweight championship by stopping Anthony Pettis in the third round. For months prior to that, he had been chasing down a fight with then-interim champion Jose Aldo, and after stopping Pettis, (when Aldo had be promoted to full fledged UFC champion) Holloway got on the mic and started building up a title unification bout by creating the social media hashtag #Where’sJoseWaldo.

Well apparently he’s down in Brazil and Holloway is excited about having found him because yesterday on Submission Radio, Holloway talked about his upcoming title shot against Aldo at UFC 212 and the long, difficult circumstances it took to get the fight.

“It’s crazy. 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, that’s why I got the movie so I’m fine with it, 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 [pounds] 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.”

Aldo has been trying to get a rematch with Conor McGregor since losing to him at UFC 194 but has yet to even come close. After McGregor won the lightweight title at UFC 205 and it appeared McGregor would no longer fight at featherweight, Aldo made comments about chasing him up the the lightweight division. There was even some discussion of an interim title lightweight title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov. Ultimately, none of that came to fruition and though Holloway wasn’t happy about it, he understood Aldo’s position.

“I think if you’re a champion you should defend the title, but at the end of the day, if you get offered to fight this guy for six zeros at the end of a number or you get offered to fight this guy with five zeros at the end of a number, it’s pretty easy to choose which one you’re gonna take. It’s a business and at the end of the day it’s a short-lived business. Fighting is short-lived. We can’t do this forever and you’re trying to make sure you’re okay with life after and make sure you can retire a happy man or happy woman at the point. So you can’t blame them but at the end of the day some people have different goals.”

Holloway’s goal is to become only the third champion in the history of the UFC featherweight division. But to do so he’s going to have to face the greatest featherweight in history in his own backyard, a venue many fighters and fans believe make it more difficult for non-native fighters to win in. Holloway isn’t concerned though. In fact, he relishes the opportunity.

“This is what kings do. Kings go to other kings’ villages and they take over. 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.”

Max Holloway fights Jose Aldo for the undisputed UFC featherweight championship in the main event of UFC 212 on June 3rd in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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Can we really call it the undisputed featherweight championship when Conor definitely disputes it? Food for thought.

Anyway, take it easy everyone and see y’all tomorrow.

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