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Watch: Max Holloway Pummels Jose Aldo To A Third-Round Defeat In Rio

Max Holloway stopped Jose Aldo on Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, claiming his eleventh straight victory and the undisputed UFC featherweight title.

Holloway didn’t make the best of starts in the main event of UFC 212. Coming out in an orthodox stance, he struggled to find his range and timing against the great Brazilian. Aldo picked Holloway off with regularity in that opening round and even stunned the Hawaiian with a combination at the midway point. An Aldo left-hook landed flush on Holloway’s chin and two more punches followed in behind it, forcing the interim champion to retreat to the fence. Aldo chased the 25-year-old and launched a flying-knee that didn’t make a clean connection. Holloway took the shots well and remained composed but Aldo clearly took the first round.

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The second session was tougher to score. Holloway, who wasn’t switching stance or going to the body with his usual frequency, was coming closer with his shots and throwing with greater volume. However, Aldo was still doing the cleaner work. A right-hand counter from Aldo with a little under two minutes remaining in the round was probably the most significant shot of the round. At the close of the stanza, Holloway threw his hands out in a gesture of defiance and the pair exchanged wild strikes until the buzzer sounded.

During the break between the second and third rounds, Holloway’s corner called for more volume and the fighter immediately endeavoured to meet the requests of his coaches. The pride of Waianae started to let his hands go and began to find his range, landing with the right-hand on the end of combinations.

Two minutes into the round, Holloway threw a four punch combination – jab, right-hand, jab, right-hand. All four shots landed, with the final right dropping Aldo to the canvas. The ‘Blessed’ American swarmed all over Aldo, who struggled desperately and bravely to survive. Holloway eventually progressed to mount and continued to rain down thudding shots, forcing Aldo to surrender his back. While Holloway couldn’t secure the rear-naked choke from that position, he continued to pummel a squirming Aldo with strikes until referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy had seen enough and stopped the fight with less than a minute remaining in the third.

While Holloway extended one of the longest winning-streaks in the UFC, Aldo dropped to 1-2 in his last three fights. He was also stopped for the second time during that run, having been starched in 13 seconds by Conor McGregor in December 2015 before rebounding with a wonderful points win over Frankie Edgar last July.

Max Holloway hasn’t lost since dropping a three-round decision to the aforementioned McGregor in August of 2013.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.