After smoking Anthony Pettis to capture the vacant interim featherweight title Saturday at UFC 206, Max Holloway (pictured) asked “where’s Jose Waldo” in reference to featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
As it turns out, Aldo will be in Brooklyn on February 11 for UFC 208, and guess who his opponent is going to be?
“He’s saying ‘where’s Aldo?’, you have to talk to the UFC,” Aldo said to a group of reporters in Brazil (courtesy of MMAFighting.com). “About the fight in February, I already knew that, I only didn’t know who I would fight. It was between him and Pettis, whoever won the fight. It’s not something new. This fight will happen on Feb. 11.”
If the shootout is indeed a done deal, it’s news to Holloway.
“It’s news to me. I guess we found where Waldo is so I’m glad. It’s time to see what happens. We’re going to talk to the UFC, see what UFC says or see if he’s just trying to [expletive] start some [expletive],” Holloway told FOX Sports.
“Like I said, I’m not planning on giving up Christmas and my son’s birthday for something that’s going to be booked and Feb. 11 comes up and we’re going to be [expletive] looking at where’s Jose Waldo.”
The UFC hadn’t issue comment at the time of publication.
Aldo is the most decorated featherweight champion in MMA history. However, he was gifted his currently title after the UFC stripped Conor McGregor of the 145-pound hardware after he won the lightweight belt last month. Aldo was automatically promoted to the division’s champ and his interim gold was put on the line to add significance to UFC 206’s main event.
Aldo had his 18-fight winning streak snapped last December when McGregor knocked him out cold in just 13 seconds to take his strap. McGregor never defended the featherweight belt.
Holloway, meanwhile, is one of the game’s hottest fighters having rattled off 10 straight victories, seven of which were finishes. His last loss came in 2013’s upset to McGregor.
UFC 208 goes down inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.