Number three ranked featherweight contender Max Holloway has said that if he was Jose Aldo or Conor McGregor, he wouldn’t want to fight him either, after news emerged that McGregor may fight against Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title while Jose Aldo has stated his desire to fight featherweight newcomer Anthony Pettis.
Of course, if McGregor fights Alvarez he will have to surrender the UFC’s featherweight championship title, which has not been fought for since last December, and if interim featherweight champion Aldo fights Pettis, it will mean that Max Holloway would again be overlooked for a featherweight title fight.
The potential of being overlooked yet again for a title shot has not sat well with the 24-year-old, who boasts the second longest active win streak in the UFC with nine straight wins since losing to McGregor in 2013.
“There’s an outbreak in the UFC. An outbreak of p–sy—it is,” Holloway said while speaking to Fox Sports on Tuesday night.
“A lot of (expletive) guys. You tell me what the hell is going on with the UFC. I’m just as blown as you are right now. He’s over here talking about business. You want to talk about business?
“The money fight in the 45 division right now of course is Conor but they keep talking him fighting Eddie Alvarez. There’s one guy left, you want to talk about the money fight, talk about me. Talk about Max Holloway.”
Former featherweight champion Aldo has been calling for a rematch with McGregor ever since the Irishman defeated the Brazilian with a 13-second knockout at UFC 194.
Aldo’s demands for a rematch were intensified after the 30-year-old defeated Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision at UFC 200, but with reports emanating that McGregor is not interested in a rematch with Aldo, instead preferring to fight for the lightweight belt, the former champ has now looked at other candidates, namely Anthony Pettis.
“If [a fight with McGregor] doesn’t end up happening, I do rather a fight against [Anthony]Pettis,” Aldo told Revista Combate earlier this week.
“I think nowadays… I learned a few things with [the UFC]. There’s more than just the ranking, like there is a ranking order for title-shots. No. I have to tend to the business side too. I think a fight against Pettis will sell a lot more than one against Holloway.”
The news predictably angered Holloway who was resentful of the fact that Aldo is now planning to backflip on fighting the Hawaiian in favour of fighting Pettis, who choked out Charles Oliveira in his featherweight debut at UFC on Fox 21 in Vancouver last month.
“This guy talks about fighting me before and then I don’t know what changed in that matter of time. We all know, face the music and come get yours. Come catch these hands and (expletive) let’s do it. It’s our time.
“You know damn straight. He was over here complaining about his title shot, he wanted to fight Conor but at the end of the day, he still got to fight Frankie (Edgar) for another title.”
Holloway feels that there’s a growing trend in the UFC where the top fighters are looking to pick easy fights instead of a time when fighters like Aldo would have taken on all challengers.
“You lose a ton of respect for the guy. I thought this guy was champion. He ain’t (expletive). He ain’t (expletive) now.
“So many people trying to get easy fights. If I was Jose or I was Conor, I wouldn’t fight me either. I would not. I say this and then I think ‘oh no I would’ because I want the (expletive) hardest fights. I don’t want easy fights. I don’t want no shortcuts.
“So many people nowadays trying to do shortcuts. (Expletive) your shortcuts. I’m over here fighting the damn best guys in the (expletive) world. My last four or five guys I fought, they’re all still ranked.
“I’m just (expletive) pissed off and fired up. Nobody wants it. Everybody acts like they want it until they’re locked in the cage with me and they find out soon enough what the hell is going on.”
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena
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