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Max Holloway looks to make history at UFC 212

Max Holloway looks to make history at UFC 212

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Max Holloway will look to make history next weekend at UFC 212 in Brazil when he squares off with current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo for the promotions undisputed title.

If victorious, Max Holloway will become only the second Hawaiian in UFC history to become an undisputed UFC champion, the other being UFC legend BJ Penn.

“Blessed” procured the UFC’s interim featherweight strap in his most recent bout at UFC 206 in December, where he became the first fighter to TKO former lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.

Max Holloway is currently riding an impressive ten-fight win streak, which includes notable victories over Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens, Charles Oliveira and Cub Swanson.

As for Jose Aldo, the reigning UFC featherweight champion was most recently seen in action at UFC 200 where he scored a unanimous decision victory over former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

Who do you think will emerge victorious when Aldo and Holloway throw down on June 3 in Brazil?

Jose Aldo reacts to being promoted to undisputed featherweight champion

Jose Aldo reacts to being promoted to undisputed featherweight champion

Jose Aldo is once again the undisputed UFC featherweight champion.

This all comes after the UFC announced that Conor McGregor “relinquished” his featherweight title shortly after winning the lightweight title against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, making him the first concurrent two-division UFC champion is the history of the sport.

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UFC President Dana White stated multiple times prior to UFC 205 that Conor McGregor would have to decide which division’s title he would give up if he ended up winning the lightweight title from Alvarez, which “The Notorious” did in a brilliant performance.

Aldo spoke with SporTV channel’s Planeta (transcribed by MMA Junkie) after being promoted from the UFC interim featherweight champion to the undisputed champion of th 145-pound division.

“It was a fact that this was going to happen. We knew (McGregor) was going to relinquish the belt – obviously, either mine or the lightweight one,” Aldo said.

“I think both are very tough fights for him, either at lightweight with Khabib (Nurmagomedov) or a rematch with me. So he chose to let go of mine. It’s no problem. Of course, first I want to do a (title) defense and then, yes, I will want to pursue a fight with (McGregor).”

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Aldo added that he will get his rematch with “The Notorious” at some point in the future.

“Since Dana said that we can choose who we want to fight, I want to fight (McGregor). “That’s what’s going to happen.”

Even with not getting his rematch with his Irish rival just yet, Aldo says he is happy with getting his championship status back.

“I think I’ve always been the champion, and I will always be the champion,” Aldo stated. “As long as I’m at featherweight, no matter what happens, I’ll keep being the champion. So this, for me, was something that was already certain. The minute I lost, I knew, the next day, the belt would be mine again. It was just a matter of time. Of course, (it was) not the way I wanted, but I’m happy because I know I’m the champion.”

Conor McGregor relinquishes his UFC featherweight title

Conor McGregor relinquishes his UFC featherweight title

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Conor McGregor is no longer the UFC featherweight champion.

The brash Irish Superstar relinquished his featherweight title earlier this evening according to UFC officials.

The UFC announced the news during tonight’s UFC Fight Night 101 broadcast.

With the news, Jose Aldo is now the promotions UFC featherweight champion.

Aldo had won the UFC interim featherweight title by defeating Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 this past July.

Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will square off in the main event of UFC 206 on December 10 in Toronto for the UFC interim featherweight championship.

The winner of the Holloway vs. Pettis bout will then go on to fight Jose Aldo to unify the 145-pound belts.

What do you think of the news?

Jose Aldo reacts to being promoted to undisputed featherweight champion

Jose Aldo discusses his meeting with Dana White and the UFC

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Current UFC interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo met with Dana White and UFC officials this afternoon in Las Vegas to discuss his fighting future.

Immediately following the meeting, which took place at UFC headquarters, Aldo was interviewed by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. Here is what the Brazilian legend had to say:

“It was great. It was a good conversation. We came in here knowing what we were coming in to. We knew what to expect. It went exactly as expected. I want to thank Dana, I want to thank Sean Shelby as they have always been respectful of my career. So it was good.”

Brett asked Aldo if a resolution was made?

“I didn’t come here just because I wanted to cancel my contract or to be released. I came here because I had a lot on my chest and I had a lot of things I wanted to say. I thought that saying them in person was the professional approach and proper approach to take with them. So I want to thank them for their time and the opportunity to get things off my chest. What the future will hold nobody knows. We will have to wait and see.”

Aldo was asked if he believes he will fight for the UFC again to which he responded.

“At this moment nobody knows. I don’t know. I came here from Brazil with my ideas already firmly fixed in my head. My current intention is to no longer fight. That hasn’t changed. That is how I felt when I left Brazil and that is how I feel here today. But like I said with the future, nobody knows.”

“I think we had a good first conversation today. I think there is probably a few more conversations that will have to happen down the road. But we will see.”

Aldo was asked what he needs to hash out with the UFC.

“Yea I think a lot of my reasons and my feelings and motivations are from things I discussed with my coach and with my family. You know the team that I have and the professionals around me. Those are issues that will remain between us. Today I am happy that I got the opportunity to talk to Dana face to face and you know feel like a weight has been lifted. I got to say everything I wanted to say and that is it. We will see what the future holds.” he replied.

Brett asked Aldo if he plans on challenging his current contractual status.

“No. None. There is no reason to do that. I am not that kind of guy you know. I’m a man. I came here. Nobody made me come here. I wanted to come here and have a face to face conversation, man to man, and make my feelings known.”

Check out the entire interview in the above twitter link.

Do you think Jose Aldo will fight for the UFC again?