UFC 212’s main event sees a unified Featherweight champion named as Jose Aldo faces Max Holloway. All the details are here in our Bloody Elbow primer.
The main event of UFC 212 is a Featherweight unification fight as UFC Featherweight champion Jose Aldo (26-2 MMA; 8-1 UFC) faces interim champion Max Holloway (17-3 MMA; 13-3 UFC). The UFC rankings have both champions on the pound for pound list – Aldo at #4, Holloway at #12. UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway airs live from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this Saturday night, June 3. The main card airs on PPV with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT, with the prelims starting at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and 6:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass.
The purpose of this unification fight is to get past the mess left behind by Conor McGregor. At UFC 194, McGregor knocked Aldo out and took his UFC Featherweight title. He has not fought at the weight since and was forced to vacate the title last year. Aldo was first named an interim champion, then moved up to full champion and Holloway won an interim title. Hopefully this striker vs. striker match-up will bring some normalcy to the Featherweight title scene – though it still won’t crown a true lineal champ. That will have to wait to see if McGregor ever returns.
How do these two stack up?
Aldo: 30 years old | 5’7″ | 70″ reach
Holloway: 25 years old | 5’11″ | 69″ reach
What have these two done recently?
Aldo: W – Frankie Edgar (UD) | L – Conor McGregor (KO) | W – Chad Mendes (UD)
Holloway: W – Anthony Pettis (TKO) | W – Ricardo Lamas (UD) | W – Jeremy Stephens (UD)
How did these two get here?
For years, Jose Aldo was THE Featherweight champion, no questions asked. First in the WEC and then the UFC, he absolutely dominated. Then, in 2015, Conor came along and smashed all of that in just 13 seconds. Aldo is far from an active fighter, and he has not been for years, with only one fight in the 18 months since that loss. That fight was a dominant win over Frankie Edgar where Aldo looked as good as ever. The past year has included a lot of frustration from Aldo towards the UFC who he feels have disrespected him – it looked at one point like his time with the company was over (which prompted the creation of the interim title), but here he is back with his title.
Max “Blessed” Holloway came to the UFC at a very young age and only 4 fights into his pro career, but he immediately established himself as a fighter to watch. He started his UFC career going 3-3, but since a 2013 decision loss to (who else?) Conor McGregor, he’s gone a perfect 10-0. He’s clearly developed into one of the best Featherweights in the world – this is his chance to prove that he is THE best. Holloway has a great striking game and a superb submission game, and he’s shown them off in some amazing performances, particularly against Anthony Pettis in a fight to crown an interim champion, and in a real breakout win against Cub Swanson. Holloway is a fighter at his peak right now.
Why should you care?
Because this should be a fantastic fight, plain and simple.