The UFC’s featherweight division is getting a little closer to becoming whole again.
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will meet interim champion Max Holloway in a title unification bout at UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, the UFC announced officially Sunday morning. UFC president Dana White first mentioned the fight to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on a podcast Friday. Presumably Aldo vs. Holloway will be the UFC 212 main event.
Aldo (26-2), who held the UFC/WEC featherweight title from 2009 to 2015, won the interim belt by beating Frankie Edgar by unanimous decision at UFC 200 last July. A few weeks after Conor McGregor, who beat Aldo via knockout at UFC 194 in December 2015, won the lightweight title back in November, the UFC stripped McGregor of the featherweight title and gave it to Aldo.
Holloway (17-3), who has won 10 straight fights, won the interim title by beating Anthony Pettis by third-round TKO at UFC 206 in December. McGregor still considers himself to be the undisputed featherweight champion, since he has beaten both Aldo and Holloway. However, he never defended the title, instead fighting Nate Diaz twice and Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title last year.
Aldo, 30, was a dominant featherweight champion during his run and regarded as the best titleholder the division has ever had. The Brazilian is a future UFC Hall of Famer and is an all-time great. Holloway, 25, is still coming into his own and is one of the most promising young fighters in the sport. He was only 21 years old when he lost to McGregor in 2013.
The title fight is the only bout currently announced for UFC 212.
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