With A Win At UFC 205, Conor McGregor May Have Claim To The Best Two Year Run In History
For the second time in six months, Max Holloway put on a clinic and stopped Jose Aldo in the third round. He not only established himself conclusively as the best featherweight in the world, but he is beginning to close ground on Demetrious Johnson in the mythical pound-for-pound rankings.
Holloway won his 12th consecutive fight, stopping Aldo at 4:51 of the third round on Saturday in the main event of UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
Holloway has already lapped the field in the featherweight division, and a fight that would be a massive attraction would be a rematch with lightweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor is the last man to have beaten Holloway, who was a 21-year-old finding his way in the UFC at the time of their bout on Aug. 17, 2013, in Boston.
Now, McGregor is the biggest star in the sport and has never lost his featherweight title in the cage. After McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in 2016, he became the first man to hold championships in two weight classes simultaneously. He was forced to give up one and opted to retain the lightweight belt.
Holloway has closed a lot of ground and in his last seven bouts has beaten Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira, Jeremy Stephens, Ricardo Lamas, Anthony Pettis and Aldo twice. No fighter has a stronger list of quality wins than Holloway.
He told Yahoo Sports before the bout that his goal isn’t to be the best fighter of all-time, but the best athlete. And while that may be an impossible task, he certainly is on his way to becoming one of his sport’s most dominant athletes.
He is supremely confident and never lets anything bother him. Even though Aldo showed flashes of his old, legendary self, Holloway beat him down without much stress.