Aldo took on Max Holloway on Saturday night, and although he landed some hard shots early on, the latter gained momentum in round two. In round three, “Blessed” floored Aldo with a hard right hand, and a swarm of follow punches concluded the fight.
The bout marked just the second time since 2005 that Aldo has been defeated. The other time, as you surely know, took place in 2015, when Aldo was KO’d by McGregor in 13 seconds. Rogan hosted a fight companion podcast for UFC 212, and during it, he reportedly had this to say about who is now the greatest 145’er of all time (quote via MMA Fighting):
“[McGregor]’s the best ever. You have to say he’s the best ever even if he never fights featherweight again. Why? Because he KO’d the best ever. The reality is, Aldo’s the best ever but Conor KO’d him. You couldn’t say without the Aldo fight that Conor was the best ever because if you look at all the different people that both of them fought, you’re like ‘wow it’s really close, it’s really interesting, but Aldo has more fights.’ But then once they actually fight, that’s it. That’s all that matters. So you’ve got to give it to him.
“People will fight against it, ‘No, because Aldo was the champion for so many years.’ You’re 100-percent right. His body of work is much more impressive and there’s always going to be an asterisk next to Conor because that was just this one time he fought for the title at 145 [pounds], KO’d Aldo, and was like ya’ll be cool, I’m out of here.”
It’s an interesting point, however, I personally lean to the counterargument that Rogan also noted. The Aldo era may be over, but until say Holloway, defends the 145 title multiple times, or McGregor returns to the division and does the same, I don’t think the Brazilian star has lost that status quite yet. It’s an interesting debate; no question.
Now it will be interesting to see if Holloway can get by Frankie Edgar, if that’s indeed the UFC moves forward with. If Edgar does take the title, then what does that say about Aldo? Who defeated Edgar twice?