Max Holloway does not believe in the story of the greatest of all time around UFC 276.
This Saturday, Holloway will face Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title in a trilogy in which some fans claim the winner will be the greatest featherweight ever. It’s a story that has been gaining steam in recent years with MMA stars like Joe Rogan and Jon Anik repeatedly calling Holloway “the greatest featherweight of all time”, and Volkanovski himself has said he will claim the title with a third win over Holloway. this weekend, but as Holloway points out, this all ignores the performance of former champion Jose Aldo.
“Not at all. Not at all. Lots of fans, lots of people say it. Have we forgotten the guy Jose Aldo?” Holloway said on the UFC 276 media day: “The guy got eight title fights. Eight title wins actually. I have five title wins, and until someone can beat their records as a champion with eight title wins, they can consider themselves the GOAT in featherweight. I have five. To be here, against Alex to win my sixth title. That’s just the icing on the cake.”
As Holloway points out, Aldo’s records atop the featherweight division are still well ahead of the other potential GOATS. Aldo won the WEC featherweight title in 2009 and defended that title twice before Zuffa eventually merged the two organizations and promoted Aldo to their inaugural featherweight champion. From there, he defended his title seven times, which still ranks fifth in UFC title defense (if you count his WEC defense, he would finish in third place to Georges St-Pierre). Holloway and Volkanovski each have just three successful title defenses, a long way from Aldo’s high marks. Both men do have wins over Aldo, but in terms of raw numbers they fall short of the title that some believe will be fighting this weekend.
But just because they’re not fighting for the GOAT featherweight title doesn’t mean Holloway’s fight against Volkanovski this weekend is any less important. Holloway and Volkanovski rank 3 and 6 respectively in the MMA Fighting Pound-For-Pound rankings, and as Holloway points out, fights like this don’t happen very often.
“Legacy. This is a legacy fight, 100 percent,” said Holloway. “You all know what pound-for-pound he is, you know what pound-for-pound I am. We’re at the top of the pound for pound ranking, and this doesn’t happen in the last decade it only came to my mind once and that’s DC [Daniel Cormier] and [Jon] Jones, so this is a legacy fight. This is huge in every way. People call us the main event of this card and that says a lot. It says a lot about this fight.”
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Your man my first pro loss when I was 18 I tapped didn’t go to sleep like a warrior just 1 quick question how can you say you’re one of your best grapplers in the world when someone who isn’t even a professional fighter , strangled you unconscious when you yelled “do you know who I am” @dillondanis https://t.co/0plapBIP3T pic.twitter.com/ze5OCXz4zb
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As I will always say in regards to Aldo, not only does he have nine title defenses, he also has should are considered the youngest champion in history. Jon Jones won the light heavyweight title at 23 years and 243 days. Aldo won his featherweight title after 23 years and 70 days, but because Zuffa had two separate companies at the time, Aldo didn’t become a UFC champion until he was 24 years old.
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