After Max Holloway defeated Anthony Pettis via TKO at UFC 206 to win the interim featherweight championship, all signs pointed to Holloway then fighting Jose Aldo for the undisputed featherweight title. While no immediate timetable was given for when the fight would take place, it was reported that the winner of Holloway vs. Pettis would fight Aldo at UFC 208 in Brooklyn.
Ultimately, the fight fell through as Aldo looked to move to lightweight to chase a rematch with Conor McGregor. Of course, with McGregor on the sidelines, and reports of a superfight with Floyd Mayweather dominating MMA headlines, Aldo now realizes a rematch may never happen.
With Aldo vs. Holloway now set for June 3rd, Holloway spoke in a recent interview with Fox Sports to discuss the fight, and why the pair aren’t fighting sooner:
“THE FIGHT IS HAPPENING JUNE 3 CAUSE MR. ALDO DIDN’T WANT TO SHOW UP AT [UFC] 205 BECAUSE HE WAS KICKING AND CRYING AND COMPLAINING TO THE UFC THAT HE WANTED TO FIGHT THE ONE GUY THAT EVERYBODY IS TRYING TO CHASE AND EVERYBODY KNOWS WHO THAT GUY IS,” HOLLOWAY SAID REFERENCING CONOR MCGREGOR. “HE WAS TRYING TO CHASE THAT FIGHT AND HE ALREADY HAD A FIGHT.
“THE FIGHT COULD HAVE HAPPENED WAY BEFORE NOW. HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIGHT ME AT [UFC] 206 BUT DO A LITTLE RESEARCH BEFORE COMING AT ME. THIS IS WHAT JOSE ALDO SAID AND I QUOTE ‘I DON’T WANT TO FIGHT NO ONE EXCEPT FOR CONOR AND IF I WAS TO FIGHT SOMEONE, I WOULD FIGHT ANTHONY PETTIS BECAUSE I BELIEVE ANTHONY PETTIS IS AN EASIER FIGHT AND HE’S A BIGGER DRAW THAN MAX HOLLOWAY’. THAT’S WHAT YOUR CHAMPION HAS BEEN SAYING. I THOUGHT YOUR CHAMPION WAS WILLING TO FIGHT WHOEVER, WHENEVER AND GO OUT THERE AND PUT ON A SHOW. OLD BOY DIDN’T SHOW.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/28/2017.