Earlier today Max Holloway demonstrated just why he’s a worthy champion with a heartfelt instagram post that paid homage to his predecessor without a hint of the arrogance and bravado that seems to have become par-for-the-course in the UFC.

“Losing is part of this fight game. Saturday night takes nothing away from his legacy. This is a guy who would show up to his gym sometimes without eating in the last day because he was so damn poor. This is a guy who built the 45 division and became king. This is a guy who found motivation to keep earning what he already had. He defended his throne. For a decade. For honor. For his team. For his countrymen. This is a guy who didn’t start at pole position in this world and look at what he achieved. Brazil needs to celebrate that man. Acai with powered milk and cashews for everyone. He’s a GOAT, and his story will always be an inspiration to me and people of Hawaii. Obrigado, Ze @josealdojunioroficial Obrigado.”

And that, ladies and gentlement, is how you behave like a champion. Congratulations to Max and commiserations to Jose.

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