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Max Holloway — not Jose Aldo or Conor McGregor — is the greatest UFC featherweight of all time

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UFC 218: Holloway v Aldo Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Max Holloway has won 12 straight fights. In addition, “Blessed” has finished Jose Aldo twice, smashed former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, and turned away top contenders Cub Swanson and Ricardo Lamas.

Not too shabby.

As far as Joe Rogan is concerned, that makes the Hawaiian, 26, the best featherweight fighter of all time. While Holloway does not have a litany of title defenses (yet), the UFC color commentator has seen enough of his work inside the cage to make that claim.

From the Joe Rogan Podcast (via MMA Fighting):

“Max Holloway’s performance was nothing short of masterful. Nothing short of masterful, the way he handled Aldo. He yelled at me after he got done with the first round, he looks at me and he goes, ‘The man is tired! The man is tired!’ Max Holloway is a real fucking warrior, to the core. That guy relishes it, he loves it. He’s the baddest motherfucker. I think he’s the best 145er ever. He might not agree with it yet because of the record, which I see his point, but the way he fights, the Octagon I.Q. that he shows, his fight I.Q., his ability to find a weakness and see it, his predatory behavior inside the Octagon, I think he’s the best. I really do. It’s so impressive to me.”

And to these folks as well.

Holloway (19-3) was last seen turning Aldo inside out in the UFC 218 pay-per-view (PPV) main event in Detroit, a performance the practically mirrored his technical knockout win over the Brazilian at UFC 212 back in June.

So what’s next?

Possibly the recovering Frankie Edgar, but that remains to be seen. In the meantime, “Blessed” can enjoy his place atop the 145-pound mountain, while speculating what would happen if Conor McGregor came back to the division he left behind.