Having claimed that he was desperate to fight Jose Aldo for months on end, Max Holloway now seems to be interested in anything but fighting the featherweight champion.
Having won nine fights in a row in the featherweight division, Max Holloway was offered an interim title bout at UFC 206 last December. Stopping former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in the second round, Holloway grabbed the microphone and called out Jose Aldo, claiming that the Brazilian was hiding from him.
‘Where’s Jose Waldo? Tell him meet me in Brooklyn in February! Let’s get the f****g real one! [undisputed belt]’
However, after Aldo immediately accepted his call out, Holloway stated that he was unwilling to fight in early 2017 as he wanted to spend the holidays with his family rather than in the gym. A few days after that, the 25-year-old stated that he was in fact incapable of booking a February fight as he was struggling with an injury.
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With legitimate photos of his injured ankle doing the rounds, Holloway’s initial decision to delay the fight could not really be questioned. However, speaking to MMA Junkie on Thursday, the ‘Blessed’ one rather bizarrely stated that Aldo would actually have to wait as he was going to be filming a movie in the near future.
‘Home boy’s taking so long that I had to go and do something else,’ said Holloway. ‘ I’m going to be shooting a movie now so we’ll see what happens. We got a much longer time to find him. Ya know, I’m gonna be doing this movie called Den of Thieves and, ya know, you guys got more time to find him now.’
The reaction to Holloway’s decision to take a movie role while the biggest fight of his career hangs in the balance has received huge criticism online with some fans even suggesting that Aldo should now overlook the Hawaiian and book another bout.
Although it would be harsh to suggest that Max Holloway should be stripped of his interim title just months after winning it, it is beyond bizarre to see an interim champion postponing a shot at the undisputed crown as he essentially pursues a career outside the UFC.
With Jose Aldo becoming increasingly outspoken since his loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 and, having only fought once in the time since, do not be surprised to see the Brazilian going nuclear with his response to Holloway’s latest postponement.