The Jose Aldo era came to an end on Saturday night at UFC 212, and Michael Bisping believes that ultimately, it’s positive for the featherweight division.
Max Holloway took out the legendary fighter in the third round of the headliner, and in doing so, unified the featherweight titles. Although Aldo was KO’d by Conor McGregor two fights prior, since that loss was Aldo’s first in ten years, some viewed the defeat as just a blip in the star’s reign at 145.
“I think it’s fantastic that Max Holloway won and I think he had to win to put life back into the 145 [pound] division,” said Bisping. “Because honestly, Jose Aldo is a great fighter, Jose Aldo had an amazing career, Jose Aldo this, Jose Aldo that, all this f**king good stuff is so positive – I was not for one second buying Jose Aldo as the featherweight champion. I’m sorry but he got knocked the eff out in 13 seconds and then in his next fight he fights Frankie Edgar and all of the sudden he’s the champion again. So for me, I never bought into that…”
“…So now we have, I think it’s fair to say, a legitimate champion that nobody can disparage or take away from because yes, he got beat by Conor but that was three or four years ago now and Max is a different fighter today. So 145 has a solidified, definite, undisputed featherweight champion of the world which I think is great for the division.”
Now, it is true that Aldo became the champ again under very odd circumstances, and the fact he’s fought so infrequently, didn’t sit well with a lot of fans. But, if Aldo had gone out and dominated Holloway, then the narrative surounding the division would be completely different.
All this aside, it will be interesting to see if Holloway can get by Edgar, who Aldo defeated twice. If he can’t, then Aldo could be in the hunt for a third, 145 title.