On Saturday evening at UFC 218, history repeated itself as Max Holloway stopped the long-time former champion Jose Aldo with a third-round TKO to defend his UFC featherweight title. Aldo is widely considered to be one of the greatest fighters of all time, and the greatest featherweight to ever compete in MMA, and a second dominant win over him firmly makes Holloway the man to beat in the 145-pound division. But it might have also done more than that for him.
According to UFC commentator Joe Rogan, who spoke recently on his JRE MMA Show podcast, Holloways win over Aldo didnt just cement himself as the best featherweight on the planet, it also cemented him as the best featherweight in history.
Max Holloways performance was nothing short of masterful, Rogan said. Nothing short of masterful, the way he handled Aldo. He yelled at me after he got done with the first round, he looks at me and he goes, The man is tired! The man is tired! Hes a motherf**ker. Max Holloway is a real f**king warrior, to the core. That guy relishes it, he loves it.
When he was chicken-necking it at Aldo and hes got his hands down and is talking s**t and stalking him, you could see it in Aldos face, like he was drowning. You could see the waves were coming and he knew he wasnt gonna be able to dog-paddle for too long. Like, Jesus Christ, how am I gonna be able to keep up with this guy?
Hes the baddest motherf**ker. I think hes the best 145er ever. He might not agree with it yet because of the record, which I see his point, but the way he fights, the octagon I.Q. that he shows, his fight I.Q., his ability to find a weakness and see it, his predatory behavior inside the octagon, I think hes the best. I really do. Its so impressive to me.
Despite being only 26 years old, Holloways resume is remarkable. He sports a 15-3 record and currently finds himself on a 12-fight win streak, his last loss coming to Conor McGregor when he was only 22 years old.
Aldo, on the other hand, has had a rough go as of late, losing three of his last four bouts. Before that though, Aldo had compiled a 25-1 record including an 18-fight win streak that spanned almost a decade and saw him capture capture the WEC gold, defend his title nine times, and rise to the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. And while Rogan was complimentary of Aldo and all of his accomplishments, he remained adamant that Holloway has surpassed the all-time great.
Aldo, in his prime, was spectacular and amazingly impressive. His flying knee first-round knockout of Cub Swanson, the knockout of Chad Mendes, the Urijah Faber fight where he brutalized Urijahs leg, hes unquestionably one of the greats of all time, but in my opinion, skill wise, Max Holloway has now surpassed him. I think hes the best.
Max is awesome. Handles Conor perfectly and acts like a real person. What a champion.