The UFC featherweight division has a new king and his name is Max Holloway.
The Hawaiian claimed the crown on enemy territory Saturday night, as he bludgeoned Brazil’s own Jose Aldo to a third-round defeat at the end of a seesaw battle in front of an initially enthusiastic but eventually subdued crowd at the Jeunesse Global Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
The win brought an end to a chaotic period in the history of the 145-pound division, restoring order in the post-Conor McGregor era and giving the division a fresh new look.
That’s something to be celebrated.
However, in the eyes of many, Holloway’s triumph also brought an end to the glorious Jose Aldo era. And for anyone who has followed the sport of MMA with real fervour and passion over the past decade, that’s a sad thought.
In the aftermath of the fight, MMA’s Twitterverse went into meltdown. Some focused on the present and the future, while others lamented Aldo’s apparent demise. Those in the former group speculated about what might be next for Holloway, but, somewhat worryingly for the stability of the featherweight division, many were already talking about the ‘Blessed’ one facing opposition beyond the 145-pound division.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) June 4, 2017
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) June 4, 2017
When Aldo fought Connor, he just got caught. Max straight up beat Aldo. Props to @BlessedMMA for truly dethroning a king!
— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) June 4, 2017
Now the division won't be on hold anymore #UFC212
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) June 4, 2017
RIP Jose the young guns are taking over..
— Bonecrusher 🇨🇩🇬🇧☠️ (@Marc_Diakiese) June 4, 2017
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) June 4, 2017
— Fight Noise (@FightNoise) June 4, 2017
There's realization that this is the end of the Jose Aldo era. And that makes me sad.
— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) June 4, 2017
Its never a good idea to abandon your best weapons. Jose Aldo should live and die by his kicking game, not his boxing. #UFC212
— Brandon The Truth 💯 (@Brandon_Nocaute) June 4, 2017
Hell yeah! @BlessedMMA is the new champ! Well deserved!! Young blood is coming to take it!!!
— Jimmie Rivera (@JimmieRivera135) June 4, 2017
Longest Win Streaks, UFC History
Max Holloway, 11
— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) June 4, 2017
Look at the company Max Holloway joins at the young age of 25. Wow. https://t.co/D6sxH1wWMH
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) June 4, 2017
I'd give anything to watch Conor McGregor vs. Max Holloway 2. Since losing to McGregor, Holloway has been on a tear. Gone through everyone.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) June 4, 2017
Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar in Hawaii would be cool. I wouldn’t mind MSG in November, either.
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) June 4, 2017
nate diaz vs max holloway please
— Nick (@Dangcr) June 4, 2017
Forgive me. I want Max Holloway vs. Tony Ferguson.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 4, 2017