Max Holloway demands title shot from Jose Aldo, Aldo prefers Pettis

September 14, 2016 5:29 am by Matt McNulty
Max Holloway

Max Holloway has officially lost his patience in waiting for a title shot. The 24-year-old Hawaiian is currently riding a nine fight win streak, by far the longest in the featherweight division, yet the man still hasn’t got his shot at gold.

Holloway tweeted at interim champion Jose Aldo in frustration on Tuesday night:

‘Blessed’ hasn’t lost a fight since dropping a decision to current featherweight champion Conor McGregor back in 2013. Since then, Holloway has beat the likes of Jeremy Stephens, Ricardo Lamas, and Cub Swanson in the midst of his impressive nine fight win streak.

However, one of the two men holding featherweight gold appears to be heading to lightweight to take on 155 pound champ Eddie Alvarez, while the other responded he would rather fight Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis.

Aldo’s reasoning? Pettis is the money fight.

“I [would] rather end up fighting Pettis,” Aldo said. “I think nowadays, I’ve learned a few things with [the UFC]. There’s more than just the rankings, like, there’s a ranking order for title shots, no. I have to tend to the business side too. I think a fight against Pettis will sell a lot more than one against Holloway.”

‘Showtime’ was at one point scheduled to fight Aldo back when both men were the undisputed champions of their respective divisions. With Pettis now coming off of a win at 145 pounds, that fight once again seems on the table.

The mess that is the featherweight division began when McGregor wrested the undisputed featherweight belt from long-time 145 pound kingpin Jose Aldo just 13 seconds into the first round after two world tours and a massive buildup to the fight.

The brash Irishman opted to try his luck at a higher weight following the monumental win over Aldo and ended up taking on Nate Diaz twice at welterweight, going 1-1 with Diaz in two blockbuster fights.

With Aldo now holding the interim strap after defeating Frankie Edgar for a second time, the division has two champions, with one holding a 13 second knockout over the other.

Where does Max Holloway fit into the picture at featherweight? Has ‘Blessed’ earned a title shot? Sound off in the comments section, PENN Nation!


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