UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is currently gearing up for his first title defense since being promoted to featherweight champion after Conor McGregor vacated the featherweight strap last year. For his first title defense, Aldo will be stepping into the Octagon with interim featherweight champion Max Holloway at UFC 212 on June 3rd in Brazil.
Ahead of the fight, the champ can be seen landing a brutal series of combinations ending in leg kicks on a heavy bag in the video above.
Aldo recently spoke to MMAFighting to discuss the fight, predicting that he will knock ‘Blessed’ out:
“I’ll knock him out,” said Aldo, who defeated Frankie Edgar via decision last July. “I’m done with wars. I’ve been in many wars already. You can be sure that there’s a knockout coming.”
“He’s in a good moment, has a good reach, his height is good,” Aldo said. “He has a good kickboxing, is not that good on the ground. He’s an athlete, I wouldn’t say complete, but does well everywhere. He doesn’t have heavy hands, is not a knockout artist, so you can be sure that I don’t see this danger that everyone else sees.
“I have to respect my opponent, always, doesn’t matter who he is, but I’ll get in there and win, that’s a fact.”
Holloway of course has stated previously that he wouldn’t be surprised if Aldo looked to wrestle against him after he realizes Holloway’s striking is very advanced. That, combined with Aldo’s statement above where he states that Holloway is “not that good” on the ground, could very well make this an even more interesting fight.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/24/2017.