The narrative tied to Jose Aldo has been that while hardcore fans in North America appreciate his talents, the Brazilian star isn’t a big draw in the region. Well, according to new comments from Dana White, it may be time to re-examine that idea.
Aldo was originally scheduled to fight Ricardo Lamas on December 16th. But, when Frankie Edgar was sidelined with a facial injury, the UFC needed a new opponent for featherweight champ, Max Holloway. Aldo stepped up, and will face the champion on Saturday at UFC 218.
Well, at a recent media luncheon in Las Vegas, White reported the following (quote via MMA Junkie):
“You know what’s funny?” White added. “So, the Detroit show is on par to sell out. We’re selling out. The show’s going to be a sell out. You know when you’re going to sell out because of how many tickets you have left and how many days. We put Jose Aldo on the card, and – (vanishing sound). Tickets. Yeah.”
This is interesting to hear, as Edgar’s long been a fan favorite. Sure, the former lightweight champ’s not on level with superstars like Conor McGregor, but still…One would think that there was more interest in Holloway – Edgar, than Holloway – Aldo II, at least in Michigan no? But, maybe more folks have come around to the idea that Aldo is one of the greatest, if not the greatest 145’er to date?
White also had this to say, about Aldo’s desire to rematch Holloway:
“We’re going to find out how hungry Jose Aldo is and how bad he wants that belt back,” White noted. “He’s getting this opportunity because Frankie fell out. Life is all about jumping on those opportunities. I actually liked it that Aldo wanted this fight like that. It’s awesome. I’m excited. I’m excited for that fight.”
Yup. It’s an interesting fight on several levels. Can Aldo score a win over the man who stopped him in June? How will Aldo’s leg kicks factor in the rematch? After their first meeting, the latter’s coach revealed Aldo was dealing with an injury, which hindered his kicking ability.
Or, will Holloway record another win, and in doing so, likely close the book on the Aldo era? In terms of the latter being one of the very best, pound-for-pound fighters in the sport? We shall see on Saturday night.
UFC 218 will take place in Detroit, Michigan.