Max Holloway issued a heartfelt tribute to the man he defeated at UFC 212, Jose Aldo.
On Saturday night, Max Holloway stopped Jose Aldo in the third round of their UFC 212 featherweight title unification bout. After a good start by Aldo, Holloway took over in the second and battered Aldo in the third until the referee was finally forced to step in. The bout took place in Aldo’s home country of Brazil, making the defeat that much more emotional.
Today, a humble Holloway took to social media to offer tribute to the man that ruled the WEC and UFC for nearly a decade. He gave Aldo credit for all he has achieved, and declared him an inspiration:
Obrigado, Ze @josealdojunior Obrigado pic.twitter.com/KmbRnhmSbq
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) June 7, 2017
Here’s what he said:
“Losing is part of this fight game. Saturday night takes nothing away from his legacy. This is a guy who would show up to his gym sometimes without eating in the last day because he was so damn poor. This is a guy who built the 45 division and became king. This is a guy who found motivation to keep earning what he already had. He defended his throne. For a decade. For honor. For his team. For his countrymen. This is a guy who didn’t start at pole position in this world and look at what he achieved. Brazil needs to celebrate that man. Acai with powered milk and cashews for everyone. He’s a GOAT, and his story will always be an inspiration to me and people of Hawaii. Obrigado, Ze @josealdojunioroficial Obrigado.”
That’s a very classy move by the new king of 145.