UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and challenger Max Holloway square off for media today in Brazil. The face off was part of a press conference for their June 3, UFC 212 fight in Rio de Janeiro.
Holloway, (17-3) the interim title holder defeated Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 in December to claim the title.
Aldo (26-2), earned the interim title back at UFC 200 when he defeated Frankie Edgar for the number one spot. Then one Conor McGregor moved up and defeated Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title, the UFC decided “Mystic Mac” could only keep one belt and stripped him of the 145-pound belt.
Since Aldo was the interim, and of course, long-time featherweight title holder it only made sense to name him champion. Then when a unification bout with Holloway didn’t come to fruition, the winner of Holloway-Pettis would get that shot.
Pettis missed weight for the fight so the title was off the table. Holloway finished the fight via TKO in the third round putting him on a 10-fight win streak.