And all the way, UFC Featherweight Champion Max “Blessed” Holloway went on Dec. 2, Saturday, at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Hailing from Waianae, Hawaii, he defeated Jose “Scarface” Aldo from Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.
Aldo failed to get a redemptive win after losing to Holloway at “UFC 212: Aldo vs Holloway 2” via technical knockout via punches at 4:13 of Round 3. With John McCarthy as the referee, the first match between the two took place on June 3 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
The rematch between Holloway and Aldo titled “UFC 218: Holloway vs Aldo 2” also ended via a technical knockout via punches. The referee, Herb Dean, stopped the fight at 4:51 of Round 3 making Aldo still the reigning UFC Featherweight Champion.
Holloway has been winning consistently since 2014. Before defeating Aldo twice, the reigning UFC Featherweight Champion triumphed over Will Chope, Andre Fili, Clay Collard, Akira Corassani, Cole Miller, Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira, Jeremy Stephens, Ricardo Lamas and Anthony Pettis.
While holding his five-year-old son Rush Holloway, Max told UFC announcer Joe Rogan during the post-fight interview at “UFC 212: Aldo vs Holloway 2” that he knew Aldo was tired already. According to the Hawaii native, he listened to his trainer’s advice.
“My trainer said, ‘Let’s take him into deep waters. I know he can’t swim there and we are going to drown him,'” Max said. “That’s exactly what I did.”
But nothing has changed when it comes to Max’s respect for Aldo. The reigning UFC Featherweight champion said, “At the end of the day, it is what it is. All due respect, Aldo is a hell of a champion but I told you that the Blessed Era is something new.”
Currently holding a record of 19 wins and 3 losses, Max admitted that he was watching Ukranian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko a lot. The fighter from Hawaii said passed the test after “trying to Lomachenko a lot” and Aldo was not moving.
Both Max and Aldo lost once to Conor McGregor, who is now the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion. McGregor defeated Aldo at “UFC 194: Aldo vs McGregor” via knockout via punch at 0:13 of Round 1 on Dec. 12, 2015 and Holloway at “UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs Sonnen” via unanimous decision on Aug. 17, 2013.