When it was announced that UFC 205 would be headlined by featherweight champion Conor McGregor challenging lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, it was widely hailed as the greatest card of all time. However, not everyone was happy.
Now in a further twist, #1 featherweight contender Max Holloway argued in an interview with Chuck Mindenhall for MMA Fighting that Aldo does not deserve an immediate rematch. Holloway was the first fighter in UFC history to win eight in a row and not fight for a title, and now he is at nine in a row.
Aldo pulled out of UFC 125, UFC 149, and UFC 153, as well as the originally scheduled fight with McGregor at UFC 189 when Chad Mendes came in to fight ‘Notorious’ for the interim belt. And then Aldo lost in 13 seconds. Those two factors in Holloway’s eyes disqualify the Brazilian from deserving an immediate fight.
“Everybody getting pissed off why he didn’t get a rematch after 13 seconds,” said Holloway.”These guys need to educate themselves in damn mixed martial arts. How many times has Aldo pulled out of a main event? Not counting the Conor time, how many times before that has Aldo pulled out of a fight? It’s happened a bunch of times.”
“People keep saying Aldo deserves this, he deserves that — how the hell do you deserve something when you pulled out of all these events? … People keep forgetting the past, of what Aldo did. How many times did he screw the UFC getting hurt and not fighting in the event and the UFC scrambling around and they’ve got to find new fighters for the event or scratch his fight?
“People say 13 seconds…who the f*** wants to see the rematch after 13 seconds? I sure as hell don’t want to see it.”
“I didn’t think Aldo would even want to defend the [interim] title. But I didn’t want him sitting out. I figured if he wanted a fight, I’d fight him, and the only guy that made sense was me. I turned my whole attention to Aldo because we called out Frankie for this MSG card, and people were telling my team that he was going to 135. So I was like, what the hell? I’ll stop harassing him if he’s going to 35, then I see he’s fighting Jeremy at 45. So f*** this s***. This s*** is all wired and hectic.”
“I don’t say shit. Because I know I’m the best motherf***er in the world, and I’m willing to prove it, and half these motherf***ers are picking and choosing their fights, trying to cherry pick. People say Aldo’s not running, motherf***er just said in an interview that he wants to fight Pettis and not me, because Pettis is an easy fight. If that’s not f***ing picking and dodging and running from a fight, I don’t know what the f*** is.”
Holloway also said his dream fight is a rematch with McGregor. The pair fought at UFC Fight Night 26 on August 17, 2013, with McGregor taking a unanimous decision. However, Holloway said signs are pointing towards his next fight being with Aldo. Unfortunately for ‘Blessed’ given that Aldo is furious with the company, and previously had mused about a fight with former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, a fight with Holloway is probably not what it will take to bring to Aldo back into the fold.
Holloway was the first fighter to win eight straight without a title shot. Now he is the first fighter to go nine straight. It may take ten straight.