After Max Holloway took out Jose Aldo at UFC 212, he posted a statement praising the legendary fighter, and now “Blessed” has outlined why he felt compelled to do so.
Holloway finished Aldo in the third round at the event, and in doing so, unified the featherweight titles. A couple of days later, Holloway relayed on Instagram that Aldo is the “GOAT”, and argued that the loss “takes nothing away from his legacy.”
More recently, Holloway appeared on the latest “MMA Hour”. While doing so, the Hawaiian star had this to say, while discussing why he posted the comments (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I felt the need, because people keep f*cking trying to tarnish and throw this guy away,” Holloway said. “You’ve gotta understand what this guy did for all the little guys. He’s a pioneer for the small guys. When you think of the 35 and 45 class, the guys who built it, you think of Urijah Faber, you think of Dominick and you think Jose Aldo. Jose Aldo has been the greatest.”
Holloway is on point here. There’s no denying that Aldo became one of the first big names in the lighter divisions, and that he helped put the featherweight division on the map. Even before he made his way to the UFC, Aldo dominated the likes of Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber and Mike Brown. Then, there’s the fact the guy didn’t lose a fight for over a decade.
So, the fact some folks were piling on Aldo after UFC 212 was pretty ridiculous.
Now it will be interesting to see if Holloway can hold onto the 145 title for a little while. Frankie Edgar and his boosters would say no. There’s been no official word yet, in terms of if and when Holloway – Edgar is going down.
It’s also going to be fascinating to see if Aldo can battle his way back into a title shot, or reclaim the 145 crown.