VIDEO | Max Holloway’s backstage interview
Max Holloway became the UFC’s undisputed featherweight champion at last night’s UFC 212 event in Brazil, this after stopping Jose Aldo in the third-round of their main event scrap in Rio de Janeiro.
After a rough first-round, Holloway was able to turn the tide and ended up dropping Jose Aldo in round three with a nasty over hand right.
From there, “Blessed” leaped into full mount where he unleashed some nasty ground and pound on his Brazilian foe.
Although Aldo showed a lot of heart and toughness, the referee was eventually forced to step in and call a stop to the action with just under a minute to go in the third-round.
Max Holloway spoke about his historic win in a backstage interview which you can see in the above video.
The full Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo fight recap can be found below:
Round one begins and Aldo takes the center of the octagon. Max paws with a jab and then sends a shot to the body of Aldo. Holloway presses forward with a combination but Aldo avoids the attempted strikes. Jose goes to the body with a left hand. Max circles out and then lands a right hand. Aldo with a crisp right hand in return. Max presses forward and they briefly clinch. Aldo lands a big right hand after they break. He scores another and then a combination. Holloway is stunned. Aldo with a knee and then another right hand. Max circles off the fence and appears to be ok. Holloway takes the center of the octagon and lands a right hand. Aldo responds with a left and then avoids some attempted counters from Holloway. Another good left scores for Aldo. He is on point tonight. Jose lands a leaping left hook and then a leg kick. Max scores with a spinning back kick to close out round one.
Round two begins and the fighters touch gloves. Aldo scores with a nice right kick to the body of Max. He takes the center of the cage. Holloway leaps in and lands a right. Aldo connects with a right of his own and then a left jab. Jose scores with a jab to the body and then a right hand over the top. Max comes forward but Aldo catches him with an uppercut and then a right hand. Holloway circles out and then misses with a right hand. Holloway moves forward and scores a nice combination that culminates with a right hand. Aldo pumps a crisp left jab in the face of the Hawaiian. He misses with a left hand and Max counters with a hard right hand. Aldo circles away and then leaps in with a combo. A good left hook scores for Aldo. He lands a nice right hand behind that. Max just misses with an attempted high kick. Aldo with another crisp left jab. Holloway responds with a good kick to the body. Another good jab from Aldo. Jose leaps in with a beautiful combo. He scores with a right and then a spinning back kick to end round two.
Round three begins and Aldo lands a hard right low kick. Max presses forward and paws with his left jab. He connects with one and then Aldo returns fire with one of his own. Max with a nice right hand and then another. Aldo counters with a heavy left hook. He misses with a follow up right. Max with a big left hand. This fight is getting good. The fighters briefly clinch and Aldo lands a knee. Both fighters connect with jabs. Max Holloway drops Aldo with a right hand. Max leaps in to full mount. He begins raining down punches. Aldo gets back to half guard but he is hurt bad. A couple of huge right hands from the Hawaiian. This is close to being stopped. Aldo gives up his back and Max looks to lock in the choke. 90 seconds remain. Holloway is back in mount and dropping bombs. Max continues to rain down blows and this is all over! And NEW!