With the UFC set to crown their first women’s featherweight champion this Saturday at UFC 208, company president Dana White wanted to clear things up regarding the 145-pound division on the men’s side. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo (pictured) will defend his freshly upgraded title against interim champ Max Holloway in his next outing.
When exactly? Unfortunately, White couldn’t remember.
“He’s gonna fight Max Holloway,” White revealed on Brett Okamoto’s 5ive Rounds podcast. “That fight’s done. I don’t remember what date it’s on for, but yeah, it’s done. It’s a done deal. We got that fight done last week.
“I like it. It’s a fun fight. Holloway has looked incredible in his last few fights and Jose Aldo is Jose Aldo.”
Of course, this isn’t earth shattering news. Aldo claimed in December he already knew his next opponent would be Holloway, only he said it was going down this weekend at UFC 208. At that time, Holloway was fresh off capturing the interim belt by blasting Anthony Pettis and stated he needed some time off to celebrate the holidays with his family.
The UFC stripped Conor McGregor of the featherweight belt after he beat Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight title. Aldo’s interim belt was bumped up to champion status, which left Holloway and Pettis to fight for Aldo’s vacant interim gold.
UFC 209 in March is already top heavy, with the welterweight rematch between champ Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson headlining and a lightweight top contender contest with Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov serving as their opening act.
UFC 210 in April features the sequel between light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson, but could certainly use an opening act.
UFC 211 in May only has the main event with heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos to its name.