Max Holloway is looking forward to retiring Jose Aldo in their featherweight title unification bout at UFC 212.
Max Holloway is under no illusions: ‘Blessed’ will be booed and taunted when he takes on Jose Aldo in his backyard of Brazil at UFC 212.
Instead of looking to please the Brazilian crowd, Holloway has accepted his role as the ‘bad guy’ heading into their featherweight title unification bout and has promised to retire Aldo at Rio de Janeiro’s Jeunesse Arena on June 3.
Holloway, the current interim featherweight champion, antagonized local fans by giving ‘Scarface’ a soccer ball at a recent media scrum in Rio, promising that Aldo — a huge soccer fan — will be able to pursue a career in football after he retires him at UFC 212.
“I can’t wait to get in front of (the Brazilian) people,” Holloway said during today’s media conference in Brazil, per Mike Bohn and Fernanda Prates of MMA Junkie. “It would be stupid to think I wouldn’t be the bad guy coming to the fight. I’m the bad guy, and I’m embracing the role. He’s got to do his job. Show up June 3, and let’s get it done.”
“I came with a soccer ball because the old boy said he wants to play soccer after he’s done fighting,” Holloway added. “Us Hawaiians, we like to give gifts, and this gift is for him. He’s going into retirement. It’s right here. He can have the ball, and we can get this fight going.”
Aldo, 30, is one of the most decorated UFC champions of all time and was reinstated as the official 145-pound champ after Conor McGregor was stripped of the belt last year.
Aldo vs. Holloway, which will feature as UFC 212’s headlining bout, takes place on June 3 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.