This month has been a busy one for the UFC’s featherweight division. After Irish superstar Conor McGregor, who reigned as the featherweight champion at the time, successfully made his lightweight debut in November when he TKOd Eddie Alvarez to capture the lightweight championship, he then opted to relinquish the featherweight championship.
As a result, the UFC chose to promote interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo to the undisputed featherweight champion, and make this past Saturday’s UFC 206 main event scrap between Max Holloway & Anthony Pettis an interim featherweight championship fight. While the fight was initially slated to be the co-main event, after UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier withdrew from his scheduled headlining fight with Anthony Johnson due to a groin injury, the co-main event scrap between Holloway & Pettis was promoted to the main event.
Leading up to the fight, Pettis missed weight, resulting in him being ineligible to fight for the interim belt. Regardless, when the pair stepped into the Octagon, Holloway emerges victorious as he came away with a 3rd round TKO win, and the interim featherweight championship, securing himself a fight with Jose Aldo for the undisputed championship.
Following the fight, Aldo revealed that the fight between he & Holloway would be taking place at UFC 208. The way he sees it however, Holloway’s 10-fight win streak isn’t all that impressive.
He spoke to MMAJunkie:
“I haven’t stopped to study him well yet,” Aldo told Brazilian media during an event to promote a TV adaptation of the recently-released movie inspired on his life. “A fight a fight, a lot is defined in there, but – he looks to keep the fight standing, but to me that’s no problem. I don’t see where he can beat me. On the feet, on the ground, wrestling, nothing.
“He’s only been on a big (10-fight) winning streak, but against guys who have no relevance. Only now he took on Pettis, doing his second fight at featherweight, I don’t know where he’s getting that he’s all that. For me, it’s another normal fighter, who I knew I had big chances of fighting in the future.”
“We just couldn’t announce it, that’s a normal UFC thing,” Aldo said. “But before this fight happened on Saturday, everybody, both of them knew that the winner would fight me on February 11th in Brooklyn. I don’t know why (Holloway) is saying all these things when it was already a done deal.