Interim UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway has certainly been on a tear of the UFC’s featherweight division over the past two years. After dropping a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor in the Irish superstar’s second UFC fight, Holloway bounced back by rattling off ten straight wins, the most recent being a win over former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis for the interim featherweight championship.
With Holloway now the interim featherweight champion, a title fight with featherweight champion Jose Aldo is inevitable. The way Holloway sees it, it’s time for Aldo to stop chasing Conor McGregor and step into the Octagon with him.
He spoke FloCombat:
“ATTHE END OF THE DAY HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO SEE ME INSIDE THAT CAGE,” HOLLOWAY SAID. “PEOPLE ASKING ME IF I’M HEARING THE THINGS HE’S BEEN SAYING ABOUT ME OUT THERE, BUT HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND. THEY ALL ACT LIKE THEY ARE UNIMPRESSED AND THINK I’M JUST ANOTHER GUY UNTIL THEY STEP INTO THE CAGE WITH ME. WHEN THEY FIND OUT WHAT I’M ABOUT IT’S ALWAYS TOO MUCH FOR THEM.
“I’M TELLING EVERYBODY RIGHT NOW TO SWITCH THE CHANNEL AND JUMP ON THE TRAIN. THE BLESSED TRAIN HAS BEEN ROLLING AND THE SEATS ARE FILLING UP QUICKLY. HAWAII IS WARMER ANYWAY AND IT’S TIME FOR PEOPLE TO QUIT SLEEPING ON ME. I’M GOING TO KEEP WAKING THEM UP EVERY DAMN TIME UNTIL EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS I’M THE BADDEST GUY ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.”
“THE UFC WAS ALREADY TRYING TO MAKE THIS FIGHT. WE WERE SUPPOSED TO FIGHT AT UFC 205 AND 206 BUT JOSE WAS TRYING TO PICK UP AN EASIER FIGHT. HE SAID HE WANTED A MORE MARKETABLE FIGHT, WHICH MEANS HE WANTED AN EASIER FIGHT, BUT I’M THE GUY TO FIGHT AT 145. AT THE END OF THE DAY HE CAN RUN HIS MOUTH AND SAY WHATEVER HE WANTS, BUT I’M GOING TO SEE HIM INSIDE THAT CAGE.“HE CAN COUNT HIS BLESSING NOW, BUT WE ARE GOING TO MEET FACE TO FACE AND HE’S GOING TO FIND OUT WHAT I’M ABOUT.”
It is important to mention that Jose Aldo has stated that the pair will be fighting in February at UFC 208, however there has been no official word from the UFC on when that fight will take place.