With just a few weeks to go until UFC 218, Max Holloway has been desperately seeking a new opponent after featherweight contender Frankie Edgar was forced to withdraw from his bout with Holloway following an injury. The December 2nd date is rapidly approaching, and there really were only two fighters who could step in to take the place of Edgar.
In the mix were former featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Cub Swanson, two men who have both lost to Holloway in the past. Swanson was submitted via guillotine choke back in 2015, while Aldo lost his first title defence of his second reign as UFC featherweight champion to Holloway by TKO in June.
Aldo had previously lost his featherweight championship to now UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, suffering a knockout in the opening first thirteen seconds of their bout. Since then he has worked hard to regain his place at the top of the extremely stacked featherweight division.
Detroit, you guys are a bunch of tough mfers. I met many of you last month when we visited. You guys deserve the best fight card of the year and youre still gonna get it. I'm fighting no matter what
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) November 9, 2017
Edgar had previously faced off against Aldo at UFC 200 for the interim UFC featherweight championship, losing a unanimous decision to the Brazilian after being thoroughly outclassed by his opponent. In light of that, and Swanson’s current win streak against less skilled competition, it seems only right that Aldo would get the shot against Holloway.
Aldo called out “Blessed” this week, demanding his shot at a rematch.
— Jose Aldo Junior (@josealdojunior) November 9, 2017
Globo-Combate has reported that Aldo and Holloway have reached a verbal agreement to face off now at UFC 218 in Detroit, Michigan, with a contract soon to be signed by the two world-class fighters.
Popular mixed martial arts journalist Ariel Helwani has reported that the fight is all but made, pending some sort of massive disaster.
This fight still isn’t signed yet, but barring a last minute massive road block, it’s the fight.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 10, 2017
Aldo will be seeking to wind back the clock against Holloway, who became just the second man in the UFC to defeat the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. This also means that Ricardo Lamas will need to start looking for a new opponent for the UFC on FOX 26 card on December 16th as he was originally scheduled to be facing Aldo at the event.
Could Aldo finally make his way back to the belt for the third time? Let us know what you think in the comments!