Max Holloway will get his long-requested fight with Jose Aldo, but when is another story altogether.
Moments after winning the interim featherweight title with aof Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 on Saturday, "Blessed" posited a February date with Aldo at UFC 208, but by the time he strode into the postfight presser, the newly crowned champ had softened his stance. Having sacrificed his birthday in preparation for Saturday's fight, Holloway doesn't want to trade more family time for a quick turnaround, especially against Aldo, who's pulled out of fights on more than one occasion.
“You know, I said it in there, February you know,” Holloway, per. “But when everything was slowing down I was in the back. I was thinking, I already had to give up Thanksgiving for this fight. I had to give up my birthday (Dec. 4). And it’s hard to fight the guy. Like I said, hashtag-Where’s Jose Waldo?
“We’ll see what happens. I don’t want to give up my son’s birthday and Christmas for Feb. 11 and he don’t show up. This guy has a knack for not showing up at fights, so we’ll see what happens. I’ve got to talk to Dana White first man. I got a brunch that I want to do, sit down with him and Sean Shelby, sit down and we can talk some business.”
Aldo was recently promoted from interim to undisputed champ, allowing Holloway to capture his first UFC title, and the pair are bound to unify their respective straps sooner or later. The Brazilian, however, has other plans, recentlyfor a rematch with Conor McGregor at lightweight. As a result of Aldo's purportedly evasive ways, Holloway – who's angled for a meeting with Aldo for months – is putting a damper on his callouts.
“We’ll see what happens, man – like I said, I ain’t going to be over here begging for fights. If that guy wants to fight me, he can come find me. I ain’t going to beg. We’ve got so much guys underneath begging to fight him. If he wants to fight me, he can come see me. If you want to fight the best, you come fight Blessed.”
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