In case you missed it at the weekend, Jose Aldo and Max Holloway fought for the unified featherweight title on UFC 212 which took place inside inside the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The two fighters each held an interim belt at featherweight following Conor McGregor’s decision not to defend his title at that weight.
Aldo, fighting on home turf in Brazil, was the odds on favourite to take the fight, but was instead, defeated in the third round by Max Holloway via KO.
The event was co-headlined by Claudia Gadelha versus Karolina Kowalkiewciz, both fighting at straweight – Claudia Gadelha took the fight, choking Kowalkiewciz out in the first round and possibly earning herself another shot at the title in the process.
With his win against Aldo, the rangy Hawaiian cements a winning streak that has seen him ascend the division without a loss – winning eleven fights straight – that’s more UFC fights than Jose has had in his entire UFC career. Nine of those fights have been won via stoppage, and he’s thrown 2,643 strikes with nearly half of them (1163) being significant. Holloway’s winning streak is the longest in the featherweight division’s history and the fighter is one of the most deserving champions the UFC has.
Where this leaves Aldo is hard to ascertain – as a fighter, he doesn’t seem to have quite the edge he used to carry – whether Conor McGregor knocked his confidence and Max Holloway benefitted from that, it’s hard to tell.
Holloway will probably face Frankie Edgar for his first defence of the belt, but Cub Swanson is already making his case to be the first challenger; “The only thing is (Edgar has) had how many title fights? How many chances?” Swanson said on UFC 212’s post-event show on FS1. “My whole career – I’ve been with the company 11 years now – I’ve never fought for a title. I’ve been right there. I’ve had it promised. I’ve had it taken away. I think it’s the most exciting fight and it makes the most sense.”