Aldo: Holloway Can’t Beat Me Anywhere
With Conor McGregor gone from the featherweight division, Jose Aldo is champion again but has much to prove. Before he can seek out a rematch with McGregor, Aldo will have to get through recently crowned interim champion Max Holloway.
Aldo has said that Feb. 11 in Brooklyn has been the planned date for the featherweight unification bout, but Holloway has yet to commit to such a quick turn-around.
Speaking to the media in Brazil, Aldo was unphased by Holloway’s momentum and recent win-streak. The all-time great featherweight sees no area where the Hawaiian striker can best him.
“I haven’t studied his game yet, so a fight is a fight," Aldo said. "Of course, we defend hard in there, but he tries to keep it standing. But I don’t see any problem with it because I don’t see where he can beat me: standing, on the ground, wrestling, nothing."
Aldo has just one blemish on his UFC record: the 13-second knockout loss to McGregor last December. He returned to the Octagon and looked his brilliant self when he defeated Frankie Edgar at UFC 200.
Holloway has been the far more active fighter, stringing together ten straight wins since losing to McGregor in 2013. Holloway defeated Anthony Pettis for the interim belt at UFC 206, becoming the first fighter to stop the former lightweight champion inside the distance.
Despite Holloway’s recent success, Aldo is relatively unimpressed. Holloway has not, he says, faced the level of opposition that he has in his UFC career.
“He’s just coming off a big win streak, but against guys that are not at the top. He fought Pettis now, who was fighting for the second time in the division, and I don’t know why he thinks he’s that big of a deal. To me, he’s just another normal fighter that I knew had a big chance of fighting me in the future. And it will happen."