Was Max Holloway for real?
Sure, the Hawaiian captured the promotion’s interim featherweight title, thanks to a scintillating performance against the depleted Anthony Pettis, but no fighter at 145 pounds was able to call themselves king without first uncrowning division champion Jose Aldo.
Just ask this guy.
“Blessed” needed three rounds of punishment but ultimately prevailed against The Brazilian when they went to war in the UFC 212 pay-per-view (PPV) main event back in June 2017, a fight the promotion recently released in its entirety (embedded above) to hype up Holloway’s next title defense.
Waiting for him in the UFC 231 headliner next month in Toronto is the unbeaten Brian Ortega (14-0), who earned his crack at the crown by stopping Frankie Edgar last March. They were originally paired off for UFC 226; however, Holloway (19-3) had some health issues that postponed the bout.
Now they’re prepared to try it again for all the marbles in an event that features the flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. In fact, you can see the entire UFC 231 fight card and line up by clicking here.