MMA fighter José Aldo has just recently had a clash with fellow fighter max Holloway; the two have been in a war of words over the cancellation of their proposed duel.
The UFC 208 match, which was set to go down on 11 February, has been cancelled. While unexpected, it was to be a featherweight unification fight between interim titleholder Holloway and champion José Aldo. Now that it is no longer happening, it has formed a squabble between the two fighters.
Aldo had let go of the interim designation when Conor McGregor was relinquished of his 145-pound belt after it was made known that the UFC wanted a headliner for the UFC 206. In relinquishing the title, the UFC 206 event got top billing and it was determined that the winner of the showdown between Anthony Pettis and max Holloway will be named the interim feather weight champion and would be set up to go against Aldo.
Even with the arrangements made by the UFC, McGregor has publicly refused to drop his featherweight title. Aldo was slated to meet Holloway in Brooklyn; this was after Holloway defeated Pettis at their showdown in Toronto.
“This fight between me and me and Holloway was set. We had told the UFC we wanted to fight on that date. For us, it was set. The UFC said okay and they asked that we not discuss it further before UFC 206,” he said in an interview.
He said he was told that his opponent would be the winner of the Pettis and Holloway fight and he believed that both fighters were informed of the arrangement also. Despite having agreed to the showdown, Holloway realized that he would not be able to fight as he had taken quite a beating from the fight with Pettis than he expected.
“The next morning I woke up and my ankle was swollen like an elephant, I went to the doctor and I was told I can’t do anything for four to eight weeks,” Holloway said.