Max Holloway: “I Still Believe The Greatest Featherweight Of All Time Is Jose Aldo, I Am Chasing Him, I Just Gotta Keep Winning”
After a tough year, Max Holloway finally returned to Octagon last Saturday, at the main event of UFC 231. He earned a superb victory over Brian “T-City” Ortega via TKO (doctor stoppage) to defend Featherweight title. Holloway even set a record for the highest number of significant strikes in a single fight, with a score of 290!
After his victory, ‘Blessed’ was praised by numerous athletes on social media. Some of them even called him the greatest Featherweight competitor of all time. Yet, Max Holloway believes Jose Aldo is still the greatest 145-pound fighter in the history of UFC. (h/t MMAFighting.com)
”You’re wrong,” Holloway told a reporter that said he was the best featherweight in history during the post-fight press conference in Toronto. “I still believe the greatest featherweight of all time is Jose Aldo. When I’m 30 or 31, or his age, then you ask me if I’m the greatest featherweight of all time if I’m still here. But, at the end of the day, I just want to be pound for pound No. 1.”
Jose Aldo defended his first UFC title at UFC 129 on April 30, 2011, when he defeated Mark Hominick via unanimous decision. He scored seven consecutive Featherweight title defenses in a row! “Scarface” defeated top names like – Chad Mendes (twice), Kenny Florian, Chan Sung Jung, and even Frankie Edgar. Conor McGregor stopped his title reign at UFC 194 on December 12, 2015, via surprising left cross KO after only 13 seconds in the first round!
Max Holloway claims he should “keep winning” to overtake the Brazilian and become the best Featherweight of all time. According to Holloway, “Blessed” era is coming.
”I just gotta keep winning. I just gotta keep doing my job, keep winning fights, and let you guys keep talking about it,” Holloway said. “But, personally, for me, I think Jose still is. I’m chasing him. He set the bar, I still gotta break it, I’m setting bars for these guys. People are saying thing this new era, or whatever, I’m setting the bar for the new era, I guess. When the Blessed era is here, the Blessed era is gonna be in full effect.”
Yet, Holloway’s staying in UFC Featherweight division is under a big question mark at the moment as he had difficult weight cut earlier this year against a fight versus Khabib Nurmagomedov. Later that bout was cancelled when ‘Blessed’s weight cut was ruled unsafe by NYSAC. Dana White also said at UFC 231 post-fight press conference he’d like to see Hawaiian move up to UFC Lightweight division.
Max Holloway made a joke about his readiness to go all the way up and challenge Cormier in the Heavyweight division.
”I’m champion, I’m defending my belt. Now I’m being No. 1,” Holloway said. “If it’s up a weight class, it’s up. If it’s here, defending my throne. If I get to fight one of my good friends, the daddest man on the planet, for that title, bring it on, Kung Fu Panda, I got you, DC. Hawaiians, we love eating, I can see him very soon [laughs].”
Do you think Max Holloway will surpass Jose Aldo’s Featherweight record? The Hawaiian is on a 13-fight winning streak at the moment!