Recently promoted UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo says he is set to return to the Octagon at UFC 208, which takes place in Brooklyn, New York on February 11.
Aldo told the media in Brazil on Monday that he will fight Max Holloway in a UFC featherweight title unification bout as Holloway just won the UFC interim featherweight title by beating Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 over the weekend.
“He’s saying ‘where’s Aldo?’, you have to talk to the UFC,” Aldo told the media (transcribed by MMA Fighting). “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.”
Jose Aldo holds a 26-2 professional MMA record and won a UFC interim featherweight title bout against Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 in July and was promoted to the undisputed champion when it was announced by the UFC that Conor McGregor “relinquished” the featherweight belt. As Aldo was promoted to the undisputed champion, the UFC 206 bout between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis was promoted to an interim title bout.
Max Holloway holds a 17-3 professional MMA record and is on a hot 10-fight win streak with his biggest win of his career taking place over the weekend getting him the interim title.
Newly crowned UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor was the last man to beat both Aldo and Holloway. McGregor beat Aldo by KO at UFC 194 back in December of 2015 and took a unanimous decision win over Holloway at UFC Fight Night 26 back in 2013.