Monday, August 15, 2022

Jose Aldo Says He’s Fighting Max Holloway at UFC 208, Holloway Isn’t So Sure

This one is a bit confusing. Early Monday afternoon, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting reported that UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo had done a media scrum in Brazil, during which he announced that he would be fighting interim champion Max Holloway at UFC 208 in a unification match. “He’s saying ‘where’s Aldo?’, you have to talk to the UFC,” Cruz translated Aldo as saying. “About the fight in February, I already knew that, I only didn’t know who I would fight. It was between him and Pettis, whoever won the fight. It’s not something new. This fight will happen on Feb. 11.”

About 90 minutes latest, Damon Martin of Fox Sports posted an article with comments from Holloway. who hadn’t yet committed to fighting on that date. “It’s news to me. I guess we found where Waldo is so I’m glad. It’s time to see what happens. We’re going to talk to the UFC, see what UFC says or see if he’s just trying to (expletive) start some (expletive),” Holloway said. “Like I said, I’m not planning on giving up Christmas and my son’s birthday for something that’s going to be booked and Feb. 11 comes up and we’re going to be (expletive) looking at where’s Jose Waldo.”

Citing not just celebrating Christmas, but also his son’s birthday in January, Holloway wasn’t jumping to take the fight in February. There’s also another reason: He thinks Aldo picked the date strategically to get an advantage. “That guy is crazy,” Holloway said. “I just looked and it’s eight weeks out already. That’s why that mother) wants to fight. He wants me to be all drained out from two training camps in a row but that (expletive) ain’t going to happen.”

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