A fight between UFC interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo and the division’s third ranked contender Max Holloway looks increasingly likely to happen at sometime in the near future.
For now, Conor McGregor remains the king at 145lbs, but his days atop the throne are numbered. With the Irishman claiming on numerous occasions recently that he doesn’t feel motivated to face Aldo in a rematch any time soon, it’s bordering on the inevitable that he will relinquish the crown. The fact that UFC president Dana White has promised McGregor a shot at lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez if he does so gives the 28-year-old Pay-per-view star yet further cause to leave the featherweight division and that infamously tough weight-cut behind him.
If and when that happens, Aldo will shed the ‘interim’ label and become champion once again. Riding a nine fight winning-streak, Holloway will be the logical opponent for his first defence.
And it’s an intriguing fight.
Though Aldo would likely start favourite, especially in light of his impressive rehabilitative win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, Holloway would definitely have his supporters.
McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh for example, has often said that he feels Holloway, the only featherweight to ever take his charge the distance, is the second best fighter in the featherweight division behind ‘The Notorious’ one. So it stands to reason that he would be tipping a ‘Blessed’ victory.
Another person who is picking Holloway, is WEC and UFC featherweight veteran Cub Swanson.
Like McGregor, Swanson has faced both men, although he achieved less favourable results. The Californian lost via TKO after just eight seconds against Aldo back in 2009 and was submitted by Holloway in the third round of an April 2015 contest.
Despite the fact that he couldn’t last blinking time with the Brazilian and he managed to make it into the third against the Hawaiian, Swanson let the MMA Twitterverse know on Sunday that he would favour youth over experience if the pair were ever to meet.
I think Holloway beats Aldo
— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) September 5, 2016