Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim featherweight champion, Max Holloway, is oozing with confidence ahead of his title unification match against current division kingpin, Jose Aldo, which is set to go down on June 3, 2017 at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
While “Blessed” knows that kind of pedigree Aldo carries into the cage with him, he says it’s nothing new, as the Brazilian bomber’s game hasn’t exactly evolved over the years. In fact, the only thing that concerns Max about the fight is “Junior” not showing up at all.
"I have no concerns at all with anything he may or may not do," Holloway said. "All these things he's been saying, I welcome it all. Come on and let's do it. When it comes to the fight he's been doing the same thing for years, but when it comes down to it you have to stop him. He's going to have to stop me, too,” Max told Flo Combat.
“When I see these things from him it's a sign his head isn't in the right place,” he said. “He's too worried. He's asking people to go find out things instead of focusing on what he needs to do, because believe you me I'm coming for him at UFC 212.”
"We have no concerns at all. We just want him to show up on June 3, because I'm going to be standing right there. He just needs to show up on that damn date, and let's do this thing."
Aldo has a history of pulling out of title fights, including his first proposed date against Conor McGregor back at UFC 189. So while “Blessed” has that in the back of his mind, he’ll move right along to the next one should Jose be a no-show.
"I can't worry about what he's going to do or not do," Holloway said. "Jose could very well do Jose things and not show up, but I can't worry about that. If he doesn't show up, then it's onto the next one. We don't cry about spilled milk over here. We keep it moving. People ask me why it took so long for me to get a title shot, and I've said time and time again that I am willing to beat every single guy at the top until there are no questions or doubts remaining. That's what I've done, and I have zero complaints.
A win over Aldo would be the latest accomplishment for the Hawaiian, who won the interim title by taking out Anthony Pettis at UFC 206 and he hasn’t tasted defeat since losing a decision to Conor McGregor in 2013.
"I'm a fighter, and all I want to do is fight. The big money and the spotlight all comes after getting the job done and that's what I'm going to do at UFC 212. I'm going to prove to the world once and for all I'm the best featherweight on the planet."
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