One couldn’t help but notice the hypocrisy when Max Holloway started a recent interview with MMAJunkie by trumpeting the ‘Where’s Jose Waldo?’ hashtag only to subsequently reveal that he plans on taking a break from competition to make his first movie, the sure to be Oscar-nominated ‘Den of Thieves’.
For months now the Hawaiian has accused Jose Aldo of trying to avoid him, but he has never seemed ready to commit to the fight himself. A desire to spend time with his family around Christmas and an ankle injury led Holloway to nix a proposed bout at UFC 208. Now, a movie role has pushed the fight further into an increasingly uncertain future.
Holloway, an amiable character and a respected fighter, had previously been given a free pass by fans, but the UFC’s interim featherweight titlist received a bit of a flaming online after this revelation.
When he was asked for his thoughts on Holloway’s comments during an interview with Brazilian MMA media outlet Combate recently, Aldo made it clear that he wasn’t hiding from anyone. In fact, he stopped just short of drawing Holloway a map to where he can be found if the ‘Blessed’ one wants to visit.
“Show up at Flamengo Beach and I’m there,” said the reigning featherweight champion. “I am ready to fight any day. I was training for it but we’ll see. It’s like I said, just show up at the beach and I’ll be there.”
At present, Aldo says that he isn’t training and won’t do so until his next fight is signed. What that fight might be is anyone’s guess, however. Will he be forced to wait for Holloway? Will he take on some other featherweight contender in his fellow titleholder’s absence? Or will he make the ascent to lightweight?
The latter seemed like a real possibility last December, when Aldo agreed to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for an interim lightweight title. However, the bout never came together and Nurmagomedov was subsequently paired with Tony Ferguson.
Now, Aldo is unsure about what his place would be in a complex 155-pound title picture.
“I was very close to it,” Aldo said of the proposed bout with Nurmagomedov. “We were jumping the line there when we booked a fight for March 4th with Khabib, but his father refused [the fight]. After that we tried Ferguson, he asked for more money and UFC didn’t accept. So it was very close to happening. Now I don’t know how things are, now we are back out of the line again.”
With reigning lightweight champion Conor McGregor hunting a fight against supposedly retired boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. however, the winner of Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson might be forced to make an interim title defence before getting a shot at the Irishman. If that is the case and Holloway is still off shooting movies, Aldo might once again be offered the opportunity to jump the queue straight into an interim title fight at 155lbs.