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Jose Aldo on Why Max Holloway’s a “True Champion”, Conor McGregor Isn’t…

Kelsey Mowatt


Although Jose Aldo lost the featherweight title to both Max Holloway and Conor McGregor, according to the renowned fighter, the latter’s never been a true champ…

Aldo faced Holloway this past May, and was stopped by the Hawaiian star in round three. Aldo originally lost the featherweight belt to Conor McGregor back in 2015, but the latter ‘relinquished’ the title, after he took out Eddie Alvarez to become the lightweight champ. Aldo had already defeated Frankie Edgar to win the interim, 145 belt, so after McGregor departed for 155, the Brazilian legend became the champ once again.

Well, recently Aldo spoke with AG Fight, and while doing so, he relayed he’s “happy” Holloway is currently ruling the featherweight division:

“He is the true champion, he has his first defense to do. McGregor has never been a champion of anything, he has won the championship and then has left. A true champion has to defend [the belt]. I’m happy that Holloway is the champion, he’s a good guy who did it because he deserves to be where he is.”

Now, obviously McGregor and his legions of fans likely aren’t on the same page here with Aldo. More recently, McGregor has said he intends to defend the lightweight title, after he boxes Floyd Mayweather on August 26th. But, until that happens, folks will continue to bring up the fact McGregor hasn’t defended a UFC title yet. Holloway is expected to fight Frankie Edgar later this year.

In terms of Aldo’s next move, meanwhile, the 30 year-old said this:

“We are already in contact [with the UFC]”, Aldo said. “I have returned to training, I am waiting for the time to fight again, but I can’t say anything until it’s finalized. I think it’s just [the choice of] Holloway, it’s not my choice [who I’ll fight]. It’s a matter of negotiation between Dedé [Pederneiras, Aldo’s head coach] with the UFC. At the latest, I’ll fight in December, but if I can fight before in November [that would be even better].”

It will be interesting to see who the UFC books Aldo to face. Perhaps a rematch with Cub Swanson or a bout with Yair Rodriguez will get tabled?


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