The MMA world continues to wait and see what’s next for McGregor, and for that matter Aldo. Since the latter defeated Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 to become the interim featherweight champ, Aldo will fight McGregor for the undisputed title, if the champ returns to 145.
If McGregor elects to fight at 15 next or vacates the title, then the UFC will need to figure out who should fight Aldo. Holloway has won nine straight fights and is ranked #3. But recently Aldo had this to say about Mr. Pettis, while appearing on the Brazilian TV show Revista Combate (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Holloway is way tougher than Pettis today,” Aldo said, after relaying that he’s still hoping to face McGregor. “‘Do Bronx’ (Oliveira) was winning the fight, but (his cardio) goes down drastically during the fight. I think that a fight with Pettis would sell a lot and is way easier for me. If I had to choose one of them it would be him because it sells more and I have a better chance, but I respect him.”
How about that? Now, would an Aldo – Pettis fight sell a lot better than a fight with Holloway? Absolutely. But, considering the ridiculous run Holloway has been on, one would think he won’t get passed over for Pettis right?
If Holloway had won say five, even six straight, maybe. But nine? And, it’s important to note that Pettis had lost three in a row, before he moved to 145 and submitted Oliveira.