Holloway finished Anthony Pettis in the third round at UFC 206 this past weekend, and in doing so, secured the interim 145 title and a bout with the champ, Aldo. Although nothing has been finalized as this is being written, the expectation is that the unification scrap between the two will take place on February 11th.
Due to Holloway’s recent win, Aldo was asked to weigh-in on “Blessed”, while he was speaking to the Brazilian media. The man who was once regarded by many as the planet’s best pound-for-pound fighter, had this to say about Holloway (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“…A fight a fight, a lot is defined in there, but – he looks to keep the fight standing, but to me that’s no problem. I don’t see where he can beat me. On the feet, on the ground, wrestling, nothing.”
“He’s only been on a big (10-fight) winning streak, but against guys who have no relevance. Only now he took on Pettis, doing his second fight at featherweight, I don’t know where he’s getting that he’s all that. For me, it’s another normal fighter, who I knew I had big chances of fighting in the future.”
Now, Holloway’s fans and camp would likely point out that during his recent run, he’s defeated the likes of Cub Swanson, Ricardo Lamas, Charles Oliveira and Jeremy Stephens, in addition to Pettis. All of whom are top ten ranked 145’ers.
It’s going to be fascinating to see how this fight plays out.