Jose Aldo was untouchable from 2006 to 2014 and thought to be the greatest pound for pound fighter in UFC history until he ran into the Conor McGregor buzzsaw in 2015. Aldo rebounded from the defeat and outpointed Frankie Edgar to win the interim featherweight title at UFC 200 last July. At 30 years of age Aldo is still in his prime and with a win over Max Holloway he could still lay claim as one of the best ever.
But Holloway wasn’t going to go away quietly. The Hawaiian native had quietly won ten straight fights coming into Rio and was looking to cement his legacy with a win over Aldo in Brazil. Holloway is the only 145er in the UFC to take Conor McGregor to the distance, losing a decision in 2013. Everyone else got finished by the future champ but Holloway has been on a roll ever since their meeting and hasn’t lost since.
Did Aldo take out Holloway and solidify himself as the guy at 145 pounds or did the young Hawaiian put the entire division on notice by taking out the legend in Rio? It was a crazy night in Brazil and the crowd was red hot from start to finish. Check out the video below to see how it shook out.