It remains to be seen what will come next for Jose Aldo, but if the UFC wants the former featherweight champ to fight Max Holloway, the latter is clearly up for the challenge.
Following Aldo’s stunningly fast, KO defeat to Conor McGregor, the Brazilian star has said he wants an immediate rematch with his rival. But, if you go off what McGregor and Dana White have been saying, the new champ is either going to face Frankie Edgar next, or move to 155 (although, since Rafael dos Anjos took out Donald Cerrone on Saturday, the consensus is McGregor-Edgar is more likely).
So, since Holloway has been on a ridiculous run, and has yet to fight Aldo, there’s been a lot of speculation that the UFC might book that bout. Holloway recently appeared on “Submission Radio“, and here’s what “Blessed” had to say about his next fight and possibly facing Aldo (quote via MMA Mania):
“I think it’d be one for the ages. Jose likes to fight, I like to come and fight and stand up and he likes to stand up. So I think it’d be a fun one. I think it would sell a lot of numbers too, a lot of tickets. So we’ll see. I’m just waiting to see what UFC wants. If that’s the fight they want and that gets me closer to a title shot, why not? I’d love to get that fight too. Frankie Edgar is another big name, and I think if can get a win over his name, it definitely helps my title shot stuff. Me and him are like the contenders right now inside the 145 division, and you know, it’s up in the air who gets the next title shot. So I’d love to fight him, you know, earn my way. They want a big fight inside of UFC Hawaii, you know, there’s only two fights or three fights. It’s going to be Conor vs. Holloway, Edgar vs. Holloway or Aldo vs. Holloway. That’s the only three fights that are big enough, I think, that we can bring down to Hawaii and do it.”
The way things are shaking out, Aldo – Holloway certainly seems like a good idea. Aldo has already defeated Chad Mendes twice and Ricardo Lamas, who are the other top five ranked guys other than Edgar and Holloway. Aldo – Holloway to headline the UFC’s first event in Hawaii would also be a smart move.
It also makes a ton of sense if the UFC is thinking down the line for the next challenger at 145. Whoever wins out of Aldo – Holloway could advance to face the winner of McGregor – Edgar.