Max Holloway Mauls Jose Aldo To Become Unified Featherweight Champion

The main event at UFC 212 saw the biggest featherweight clash of the year when Max Holloway took on the champ Jose Aldo in front of a packed Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Jose Aldo (26-2 before this fight) was making his first title defence after beating the highly regarded Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 in July of last year. That victory won him the featherweight interim title but that was later swapped for the actual title after Conor McGregor vacated it.

His opponent, the ultra-talented 25-year-old Holloway (17-3 before this fight) was on a 10-fight winning streak going into this one and was desperate to make it 11.

Battle of the belt holders…

Not only that, he had his mind set on becoming the champ and then extending his run to capture the all-time record for consecutive victories: when told that former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones is currently the front-runner for active fighters (he currently has 13), Holloway was keen to know more.

“No, who has the all-time record?” Holloway asked. “That’s the one I want!”

His opponent thought that the young man’s nerves would get to him long before any records were able to be broken, however. Speaking with the media in Brazil in the lead-up to the fight, Aldo said that Holloway behaviour at the open workouts, when he seemed to relish the boos and chants of “you’re going to die” from the crowd, showed just how nervous he was.

“He’s fu*king scared. He never fought under this pressure,” Aldo said. “He gets nervous when the crowd puts pressure over him. It’s all lies. He doesn’t want to show (that he’s scared).”

He looked more angry than nervous to me…

“You don’t care about the crowd, you go there and do your job. I’ve fought in front of thousands of people and never responded to the crowd. I got there, did my job and left. When someone starts to show that it’s because he’s so nervous you can’t even imagine.”

Jose Aldo started out the fight strong, looking faster and stronger a nervous looking Holloway in front of an adoring crowd. Late in the second round the tide started to turn however, with Holloway finding his timing.

In the third round Hawaiian Holloway managed reached the summit of the men’s 145lbs division by dethroning Jose Aldo.

Holloway, who into the bout as the interim 145lbs champion, stunned the crowd with a third round TKOvictory.

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