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UFC 212: Jose Aldo Talks Max Holloway, Says Interim Champ’s “Not a Complete Fighter”

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC 212: Jose Aldo Talks Max Holloway, Says Interim Champ’s “Not a Complete Fighter”

Max Holloway has been on a ridiculous roll over the last couple of years, and has defeated several, big name contenders, but Jose Aldo doesn’t believe the interim champ’s a complete fighter.

Aldo and Holloway will attempt to unify the undisputed and interim featherweight titles at UFC 212, which will take place on June 3rd in Rio de Janeiro. Holloway secured the interim title in December by stopping former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis. That win was Holloway’s tenth in a row, and it followed notable victories over contenders likes Charles Oliveira, Jeremy Stephens, Cub Swanson and Ricardo Lamas.

Recently Aldo spoke to Combate about the upcoming fight, and while doing so, he offered this assessment of Holloway (quote via Bloody Elbow):

“He’s a tall guy, but I have good reach, too,” Aldo said. “It’s no trouble, it’s only a few centimeters. He has an advantage being taller than me, but I don’t see him being an expert anywhere. He’s a kickboxer, he’s versatile there, but his jiu-jitsu is so-so. He’s not a complete fighter, but he’s aggressive and dangerous.”

It will be interesting to see if Holloway has any response to this. While the Hawaiian fighter’s stand-up skills have shone in particular during his run, Holloway also has a couple of submission wins during that stretch as well.

Could Aldo look for a takedown at UFC 212? If he believes he has a decisive advantage over “Blessed” on the floor? The Brazilian star, whose no slouch on his feet, doesn’t typically try to take fights down. But you never know.



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